In addition to this, the Torah also commands us to make a blessing after we eat. It may seem excessive to say Grace twice, but this additional blessing after meals is actually very significant. Our Sages take this idea a step further by explaining that the Grace After Meals is not just about being thankful, but about being humble. After feasting on a good meal, we feel full and satisfied. This contentment can easily cause us to become overly confident in our place in the world, and to relish in the power of being top of the food chain.
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Praised be the name of God, now and forever. Praised be our God, of whose abundance we have eaten. Praised be our God, of whose abundance we have eaten, and by whose goodness we live.
Praised be the Eternal God. Baruch atah Adonai, hazan et hakol. Sovereign God of the universe, we praise You: Your goodness sustains the world. You are the God of grace, love, and compassion, the Source of bread for all who live; for Your love is everlasting.
In Your great goodness we need never lack for food; You provide food enough for all. We praise You, O God, Source of food for all who live. As it is written: When you have eaten and are satisfied, give praise to your God who has given you this good earth. We praise You, O God, for the earth and for its sustenance.
Let Jerusalem, the holy city, be renewed in our time. We praise You, Adonai, in compassion You rebuild Jerusalem. HaRachaman, hu yitbarach bashamayim uvaaretz. Merciful One, be our God forever. Merciful One, heaven and earth alike are blessed by Your presence.
Merciful One, bless this house, this table at which we have eaten. Merciful One, send us tidings of Elijah, glimpses of good to come, redemption and consolation.
Merciful One, help us to see the coming of a time when all is Shabbat. May the Source of peace grant peace to us, to all Israel, and to all the world. May the Eternal grant strength to our people. May the Eternal bless our people with peace.
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