Prayer for Thursday

The Jewish traditions have many blessings for food and drink, based on a number of criteria. You can read more about this at siddur.org.

Daily Blessings: Eating Snacks
Under ordinary circumstances, a “snack” is any eating that does not include bread. Different classes of food have different blessings that are recited before eating them. There are five different blessings that may pertain to snacks.

Mezzonot:
Before eating foods (other than bread) made from wheat, barley, oats, rye, or spelt (such as cake, cookies, cereals, crackers, pies and pastry) recite:

Blessed are You, HaShem, our G-d, King of the Universe,
who creates variety of sustenance.

Hagafen:
Before drinking grape wine or grape juice:

Blessed are You, HaShem, our G-d, King of the Universe,
who creates the fruit of the vine.

Ha-Eitz:
Before eating a cultivated plant’s “essential” produce that grows attached to permanent limbs or stalks (such as most fruits, including grapes and olives, and most nuts):

Blessed are You, HaShem, our G-d, King of the Universe,
who creates the fruit of the tree.

Ha-Adamah:
Before eating a cultivated plant’s “essential” produce that grows attached to limbs or stalks that are regrown each year (such as vegetables, herbs, beans, corn, peanuts, rice, and bananas):

Blessed are You, HaShem, our G-d, King of the Universe,
who creates the fruit of the earth.

She-ha-kol
Before eating or drinking any other foods (such as water, meat, fish, dairy, mushrooms, and all beverages other than wine and olive oil, including fruit juice):

Blessed are You, HaShem, our G-d, King of the Universe,
by whose word everything comes to be.

(Source: siddur.org)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“My body is healthier and stronger everyday.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

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