Birkas Hamazon, Bircat Hamazon
- The blessing after food, referring to the four blessing Grace After Meals said after consuming bread. Referred to in many communities as "bentching."
- "We need to pass out bentchers so we can say Birkat Hamazon" [after dinner on Friday night].
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Who Uses This
Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Camp: Jews who attend or work at a Jewish overnight summer camp
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Sometimes shortened to just "Birkat" in liberal Jewish communities as in, "Is your father leading the Birkat at your wedding?" This is not correct in Hebrew because the word birkat is used in the construct (smikhut) state only.
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