Because after you eat,
it's good to give thanks...
We are invested in making our Shabbat experience richer – especially on Shabbat mornings. Following our services, we always have a sit-down meal, introduced by the Ha Motzi over the challah, and concluded by Birkat HaMazon. If you were brought up with Birkat, it is second-nature. But not everyone was brought up with this tradition of grace after meals.
Grace after meals is a way to express gratitude to God for the food we have just consumed. Birkat HaMazon can be said sitting at the same table or in view of the same table where the meal was eaten. Reciting the blessing after the meal is a mitzvah (a good deed) written in the Torah. As it states in Deuteronomy 8:10, “And You shall eat and be satisfied, and bless Adonai your God for the good land which God has given you.”
Please find a recording of the abbreviated Birkat HaMazon and a PDF of the prayers we sing after lunch at Congregation Beth Shalom. We have sung it at a very slow pace in order to emphasize the correct pronunciation as well as the melodies we use. It is our hope to inspire more of you to come for Shabbat services, stay for lunch, and then join Cantor Elisa and Rabbi Michael in a joyous singing of the Grace After Meals. We also hope you will adopt singing Birkat HaMazon after meals in your own homes as well.