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Blessing Over the Bread

October 25, 2011

This blessing, known as "ha'motzi" in Hebrew, is said before eating bread. Most commonly it's said before eating challah, a braided egg bread, on Shabbat, but it can also be said before any meal.

This video brings together the Hebrew, translation and pronunciation of the prayer:

 

Follow along with your own copy of this resource, available as a PDF.

A bread that comes in a few different varieties; its most common variation is a braided egg bread, though there are water challahs that don't have eggs, and there are whole-wheat challahs which sometimes also don't have eggs. It is customary to being Sabbath and holiday meals by saying blessings and eating challah. The Jewish Sabbath, from sunset on Friday to nightfall on Saturday. A language of West Semitic origins, culturally considered to be the language of the Jewish people. Ancient or Classical Hebrew is the language of Jewish prayer or study. Modern Hebrew was developed in the late-19th and early 20th centuries as a revival language; today it is spoken by most Israelis.
Hebrew for "brings forth" or "expels," the first unique or identifying word of the blessing over bread ("...brings forth bread from the earth"). Some say this blessing over bread, others recite it as a catch-all before a meal.
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