Blessings After Meals

The Birkat Ha'Mazon (translating to: Blessing on Nourishment), known in English as the Grace After Meals, is a set of Hebrew blessings that Jewish Law prescribes following a meal that includes bread or matzoh made from one or all of wheat, barley, rye, oats, or spelt.

Though it is technically a series of blessings, The Birkat Ha'Mazon takes on the form of prayers which are typically read silently for ordinary meals, and often sung or chanted for special meals such as Shabbat, festivals, and special occasions. Although both Orthodox and Conservative Judaism expect observant Jews to recite these blessings after every meal containing the appropriate type of bread, many moderately observant Jews will not follow the practice at all meals but will do so at special times or on occasion.

Birkat Ha'Mazon can be found in almost all Siddurim ("prayer books") and is often printed in a variety of artistic styles in a small booklet called a birchon (Hebrew) or, among Jews of Eastern European descent, a bentcher (Yiddish).