By: Meg Adler. At Camp Tawonga, the Motzi is a blessing we say before eating any meal – technically one that includes bread – and is a staple in the Dining Hall. It’s a short little blessing but has a lot of meaning . Here is a quick 101 on this Jewish expression of gratitude: To start, listen to the Motzi .
Blessing over the Challah Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh ha’olam, hamotzi lekhem min ha’aretz. Blessed are you Adonai our God, Ruler of the universe, who causes bread to come forth from the earth.
24. Baruch atah, Adonai Literally, “Blessed are You, the Eternal;” the beginning of the formula of Hebrew blessings. In that context, the meaning of Baruch atah Adonai is “Blessed are you, God.” We praise You, Eternal God, Sovereign of the universe, who causes bread to come forth from the earth.
On Eating ( bread ): Blessed are You, O Lord our God, Ruler of the universe Who brings forth bread from the earth .
In the most common shape of challah , the braided strands form 12 “humps,” which are said to represent the 12 ceremonial loaves (shewbread) kept in the Temple in Jerusalem for the 12 tribes of Israel.
You hallow us with Your commandments and command us to kindle the lights of Shabbat . Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’zivanu l’hadlik ner shel Shabbat . For Both: Y’varechecha Adonai V’yish’m’recha. Ya’er Adonai panav eilecha vichuneka.
Myrna’s original recipe calls for all-purpose flour , and you can substitute that here. But I find bread flour gives the challah a nice chew without making it tough, and also helps the braided loaf maintain its shape after baking.
Bless us, Oh Lord, May all be fed. Loving God, bless all those gathered here today. For food in a world where many walk in hunger; Our dear Heavenly Father, In a world where so many are hungry, Bless us, O God. May this food restore our strength, giving new energy to tired limbs, new thoughts to weary minds.
Each morning the Israelites found the manna in the fields, encased in two layers of dew to preserve its freshness. Thus, we place the challot beneath a challah cover and over a tablecloth (or challah board) to recreate the miracle of the manna at our own Shabbat tables.
barak. The Hebrew verb barak means to kneel as seen in Genesis 24:11. However, when written in the piel form it means to show respect (usually translated as bless ) as seen in Genesis 12:2. A related Hebrew word is berakhah meaning a gift or present.
Elohim , singular Eloah, (Hebrew: God), the God of Israel in the Old Testament. When referring to Yahweh, elohim very often is accompanied by the article ha-, to mean , in combination, “the God,” and sometimes with a further identification Elohim ḥayyim, meaning “the living God.”
Eloheinu : the plural 1st person possessive of אֱלֹהִים Elohim, meaning “our God”. Adonai is our God! Adonai is One!” and, “Hear, O Israel! Adonai is our God – Adonai alone.”