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307. Leaving Early
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45:14 If seven diners ate bread and three diners ate fruit or drank beverages (except water – OC 197:2) in an amount that would require a concluding blessing to be recited, they may form a zimmun of ten and say God’s Name. In circumstances such as this, all authorities agree that even fruit or even […]
306. A Group of Ten
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45:12 If ten eat together, God’s Name is part of the text for the zimmun. The leader says, “let us bless our God, of Whose bounty we have eaten” and the other diners respond with, “Blessed is our God, of Whose bounty we have eaten…” The proper text is “bless our God,” not “bless to […]
305. Adding a Third to Form a Zimmun
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45:10 If two ate together, it’s a mitzvah to ask a third to join them to form a zimmun, even if the third came after the two had already finished eating. However, if they were served another course as dessert, it is a mitzvah for them to include the third person in this course, which […]
304. Blessing on the Cup Used for Bentching
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45:8 After bentching, the leader says the bracha over the cup of wine. He should drink at least a reviis (approximately 3.5 ounces) so that he can then say the concluding bracha after it. If the cups of the other diners are “pagum” (i.e., already drunk from – refer back to 45:3), he should pour […]
303. The Zimmun
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45:6 The one leading bentching invites the others to join him. Customary phrases include “rabbosai, nevareich” (“gentlemen, let us bentch”), “hav lan v’nivrach” (“give us the cup so that we may bentch”), and “rabbosai, mir vellen bentchen” (“gentlemen, we must bentch” in Yiddish). The other diners respond, “May the Name of God be blessed from […]
302. Who Should Lead Bentching
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45:4 The cup used for bentching must be whole. If it broke – even on its base – or if it has any defect in the rim, or if it has a crack, it is not fit for use. (If the only cup available is defective, it is better to use it than to discard […]
301. “Pagum” Wine
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45:2 The cup for bentching should be filled before one washes for mayim acharonim. 45:3 If wine has been drunk from, what remains in the cup is called “pagum” (defective). Wine that is pagum may not be used for bentching until it has been rectified by adding more wine or some water that is not […]
300. Bentching Over a Cup
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44:18 If there is an idolater present during bentching, the text recited in the HaRachaman section is “osanu, b’nei bris, kulanu yachad,” that God should bless those who are members of His covenant. 45:1 If three men ate bread together, they must join together to recite bentching with a “zimmun” (literally, an invitation; that is, […]
299. Forgetting Al HaNissim
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44:16 If one forgot to say Al HaNissim while bentching on Chanukah or Purim, and he only remembered after saying God’s Name at the end of the blessing, he does not go back. Instead, during the HaRachaman prayers, one adds “May the Merciful One perform miracles and wonders for us as He performed for our […]
298. Forgetting on Rosh Chodesh, et al.
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44:14 If someone neglected to say Yaaleh v’Yavo on Rosh Chodesh, he should recite the text, “Blessed are You, Hashem our G-d, King of the Universe, Who gave new months to His nation Israel, for a remembrance.” Unlike the compensatory prayer for Shabbos and yom tov, there is no concluding phrase to this text. This […]