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296. Forgetting if One Bentched
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44:10 When Shabbos is also Rosh Chodesh, a Festival or a Chol HaMoed, we say the paragraph R’tzei (for Shabbos) before Yaaleh v’Yavo (for the other occasion). This is because Shabbos occurs more frequently and the principle is that we say the more common thing before the less-common thing. (If one accidentally reversed the order, […]
295. When and Where to Bentch
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44:8 One may not delay bentching the time it takes to digest and become hungry again, which many authorities place at 72 minutes. If one did delay that long, he may no longer bentch. At a large gathering, people might sit together talking for a longer period than that after eating before they bentch. This […]
294. Bentching
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44:6 Bentching is recited sitting, not standing or walking. Even if one ate while walking around his house, or standing or reclining, he should sit when it’s time to bentch. (If one ate while walking on the road, he need not sit – OC 183:11.) Reclining while bentching is considered arrogant. One should wear outer […]
293. Removing the Knives
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44:4 The accepted practice is to remove, or at the very least cover, the knives before bentching. This is because our tables are like the altar, upon which no metal was allowed (Deuteronomy 27:5). The reason for this is that the altar is meant to lengthen our lives, while iron implements (i.e., weapons) shorten lives. […]
292. Washing Mayim Acharonim, Clearing the Table
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44:2 When we wash mayim acharonim, we should not do so where people walk because the water is ritually unclean. Instead, we should wash into a vessel or under the table, then dry our hands and bentch. (Failure to dry one’s hands does not invalidate the washing but one should optimally dry them in order […]
291. Coffee, Mayim Acharonim
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43:7 If one drinks coffee after the meal but before bentching in order to aid digestion, he must say a bracha on the coffee because something taken as an aid to digestion is not considered an integral part of the meal. It is preferable, however, to say the bracha of shehakol on something like sugar […]
290. Baked Apples, Cookies
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43:5 Fruit that has been cooked specifically for the meal, such as fruit gazpacho or fruit compote, should be eaten at the beginning and the end of the meal with a little bread. One may also eat them mid-meal without bread and they do not require separate brachos to be recited. (Mishnah Brurah 177:4 disagrees […]
289. Eating Fruit Mid-Meal
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43:3 If one wanted to eat fruit during a meal, it was not covered by the bracha of hamotzi, even if it was on the table at the start of the meal. One does not need to recite a blessing after the fruit because that is covered by bentching. If one eats the fruit together […]
288. Food That Do Not Require Brachos Mid-Meal
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43:1 Anything eaten during a meal of foods that one normally eats during the course of a meal in order to sate his hunger, like meat, fish, side dishes, etc., does not require a separate bracha, neither before nor after. Since they are eaten in order to satisfy hunger, they are considered part of the […]