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525. Brachos on Various Foods
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Brachos 7:15 Bentching does not require wine but one should bentch over wine as was discussed. The cup should be washed inside and out, then filled with undiluted wine. When he reaches the bracha for Israel, he should add a little water to make the wine more palatable. (In former times, wine was concentrated and […]
524. Bentching Over Wine
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Brachos 7:13 After the diners have finished washing and drying their hands, and bentching, the one who led bentching should recite the bracha over the incense when the censer is brought in. Everyone else responds amen. Brachos 7:14 If wine is available, bentching is recited over a cup. We bring a cup that holds a […]
523. Before Bentching
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Brachos 7:11 (Necessary background information: people used to eat reclining on couches with a small table in front of each diner.) After everyone has finished eating, the tables are removed and the place where they ate is swept. After this, the diners wash their hands. This is done in order to avoid having olive-sized pieces […]
Who Should Pray and With Whom to Pray
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  Baby Care instead of Praying A mother of young children who require her continual attention should skip saying prayers, even for an entire day, if it will take her attention away from caring for her baby. When You May Nurse a Baby while Praying If a baby is clean, a woman may nurse a […]
522. Not Ruining Food
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Brachos 7:9 Raw meat may not be placed on bread, nor may a full cup be passed over bread. Bread may not be used to support a dish, nor may it be thrown. The same applies to meat and other food without shells, such as berries, grapes and figs, which will get ruined. One may […]
521. Washing Upon Returning
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Brachos 7:7 An attendant who serves the diners should not eat with them. As an act of kindness, one should permit him to sample the dishes in order sate his curiosity. If the diners give him wine, he should recite a bracha over each cup. This is because his ability to drink depends on their […]
520. Distributing the Bread
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Brachos 7:5 The one who breaks bread should give a piece to each person, who picks it up with his hand. The one distributing it should not put the bread directly in the hand of the recipients except in the case of a mourner. The one breaking bread should take and eat some bread first; […]