בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְ‑יָ אֱ‑לֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם הַמּוֹצִיא לֶחֶם מִן הָאָרֶץ
Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech haolam, hamotzi lechem min ha-aretz.
We praise You, Eternal God, Sovereign of the universe, who causes bread to come forth from the earth.
Most of us know that the motzi is the blessing said before a meal. The presumption is that bread, made from wheat, is part of the repast, so that this one blessing is used for all foods incorporated into the meal. Yet a blessing thanking God before a snack that may not include bread is also appropriate, and Judaism has different blessings for things like fruit, vegetables and even cookies! These blessings can be found at
One of those blessings is for all foods not covered by other blessings, such as fish, eggs, cheese, water, milk, fruit juices, soft drinks, beer, and liquor:
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְ‑יָ אֱ‑לֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם שֶׁהַכֹּל נִהְיָה בִּדְבָרוֹ
Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech haolam, shehakol nih’yeh bid’varo.
We praise You, Eternal God, Sovereign of the universe, by whose word all things come into being.
This blessing recognizes God as Creator and is ideologically tied to this week’s Torah portion, B’reishit. In this very first portion of Torah, God creates by saying “Let there be light” (Gen. 1:3). God’s words, and therefore our words have tremendous power. May we use our words for good: for creating, improving, building and healing.
Rabbi Sandra M. Bellush