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Friday 6:30 PM–8:30 PM

Shabbat Dinner

Friday 6:30 PM–8:30 PM Ballrooms A, B, C

Spirit, spice, and song … enjoy nourishment for our bodies and souls. We will share Shabbat dinner together as one community. The dinner will begin with a community kiddush led by Hazzan Mordechai Schram and include full seated service, so please be prompt. Help us create or community by welcoming people you do not yet know to your table. If there is no table captain, maybe you can use our helpful printed guide and encourage everyone at your table to get involved in stimulating Shabbat dinner rituals and conversation.

Bentching 101

Grace after Meals

Victoria Sutton

Canceled, sorry

Additional schedule

  • Saturday 8:00 AM–9:15 AM Ballrooms A, C

101, Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Shabbat

Birkat HaMazon, or Grace After Meals, is a millenia old text that remains today one of the most familiar blessings. It is traditionally sung after communal meals, and is required by Jewish Law to be recited after consuming bread as was the practice for Jews all over the world for centuries. Birkat HaMazon is a lenghty "super-blessing", comprised of four individual blessings, embedded in a rich and complex text. Why do we say Birkat HaMazon? What is the basis for this multi-blessing structure? We will examine the text of Birkat HaMazon and will look at Biblical and Talmudic sources that shed light on the significance of these blessings in order to uncover the meaning and relevance of the ritual. We will also discuss its social and spiritual significance particularly as a blessing for plenty in a world where hunger and need still exist.

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