January 2019 | Tevet/Shevat 5779
Dear B’nai Shalom members, friends, and families:
With the positive feedback I received in response to two shul bulletins articles which I composed recently in QUIZ FORM, I am “going back to the well” once more, with this month’s bulletin article; this time focusing on the Birkat HaMazon, the traditional Grace After Meals. I hope you enjoy the quiz and learn much — such that it enhances your understanding of the Birkat HaMazon each time you recite it. Birkat HaMazon Learning Journey:
1.) Where is our request for an honorable way to make a living?
2.) Where is the mitzvah of Birkat HaMazon mentioned?
3.) Where do we ask Hashem to bring us to Eretz Yisrael in our lifetimes?
4.) Where is the Bayt HaMikdash (the Holy Temple) mentioned?
5.) Where is an “amein” included at the end of its bracha?
6.) Where is brit mila mentioned?
7.) Where is the end of the 4th and final bracha?
8.)Where are we supposed to tap on the table?
9.) Where and why is Eliyahu HaNavi mentioned in his own Harachaman?
10.) Where is puzzling verse: “…I’ve lived my life from my young days til now as I’ve grown old and NEVER have seen a tzaddik abandoned”?
ANSWERS TO THE BIRKAT HAMAZON LEARNING JOURNEY QUIZ
1.) (in the 4th Harachaman.)
2.) (in the paragraph that begins: “V’al HaKol…”)
3.) (the Harachaman before “…Shulchan HaZeh…”
4.) (in the paragraph that begins: “Rachem…”)
5.) (in the paragraph that begins: “Uvnei Yerushalayim…”)
6.) (in the paragraph that begins: “Nodeh L’cha…”)
7.) (before the 1st Harachaman)
8.) (Trick question: Nowhere!)
9.) (Because Eliyahu HaNavi is traditionally considered the forerunner of the Moshiach, we daven for Eliyahu’s coming so that he will be able to joyfully announce the imminent coming of the Moshiach.)
10.) (Near the end of the full Birkat HaMazon in the final paragraph, beginning in the Hebrew with: “…Naar Hayiti…”This particular passage has attracted many commentaries and explanations and has often been seen as a “problematic” text, not easily understood on the face of it.)
With Torah blessings always,
Rabbi Dvorin Yaacov Dvorin