Blessings for Food & Drink

Texts, translations and transliterations.

Jews traditionally recite a short blessing before eating any food, be it meal or snack. There are different blessings for different categories of food including fruits (that grow on trees), vegetables (that grow on the ground), grains, miscellaneous (foods that do not grow in soil, like dairy and meat), bread, and wine.

If one is eating a meal with many of these categories of food and it contains bread, the blessing for bread (Hamotzi) is sufficient to cover all foods consumed in that meal, with the exception of wine which always requires its own blessing. Otherwise, a varied meal can be covered by the blessing for miscellaneous foods.

 

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Bread

Wine & Grape Juice

Fruit

Vegetables

Grains

Miscellaneous Food

Bread

Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam hamotzi lehem min ha’aretz.
Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.

Wine & Grape Juice

Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam borei p’ri hagafen.
Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.

Fruit

Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam borei p’ri ha’eitz.
Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, who creates the fruit of the tree.

Vegetables

Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam borei p’ri ha’adamah.
Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, who creates the fruit of the ground.

Grains

Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam borei minei mezonot.
Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, who creates varieties of nourishment.

Miscellaneous Food (meat, poultry, eggs, fish, dairy products, candy)

Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam shehakol niyah bidvaro.
Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, at whose word all came to be.

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