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311. Women and Minors
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45:22 If women ate with men who are obligated in a zimmun, the women also become obligated and they must hear (and answer – MB 199:17) the blessing of the zimmun. A minor is not included in a zimmun until he has reached the age of thirteen years and one day. He may then join […]
310. Overhearing a Zimmun
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45:20 If one who didn’t eat hears others making a zimmun, when he hears the leader say ‘”Let us bless the One of Whose bounty we have partaken,” he should answer “Baruch u’mevorach Shmo tamid l’olam vo’ed” (“Blessed is He and blessed be His Name, continuously until eternity”). If they are bentching with a minyan, […]
309. Who Forms a Group?
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45:18 At large gatherings with many diners, one should choose someone with a powerful voice to lead bentching so that everyone can hear. If it’s not possible for everyone present to hear the leader, the diners should bentch in smaller groups of ten each. (If this will be too noisy and the host will object, […]
308. One Who Bentched On His Own
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45:16 If three ate together and one of them forgot and bentched on his own (or even did so intentionally – Bi’ur Halacha 194:1 s.v. “shachach”), the other two can still form a zimmun after he finishes. Even though he already bentched, he should respond “Blessed is the One of Whose bounty we have partaken.” […]
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 […]