Let Us Bring Forth Food: Humanist Ha-Motzi

By Machar: The Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism

A Blessing for Breaking Bread (inspired by "Ha-Motzi," meaning "the one who brings forth")


 

All read aloud together:
Each time we break bread,
let us appreciate our bounty and share it with others.
 
Each time we break bread,
let us nourish ourselves to work for peace and justice.
 
Each time we break bread,
let us commit ourselves to a covenant for a better world.
 
All read aloud together: Let us bring forth food from the land so we all may be satisfied and sustained.
 
(Enjoy the hallah)

 

Notzi lekhem min ha-aretz
k'dei she-nistapek v'-nit-kalkel kula-nu. 

נוֹצִיא לֶחֶם מִן הָאָרֶץ

  כְּדַי שֶׁנִּסְתַּפֵּק וְנִתְכַּלְכֵּל כֻּלָּנוּ

 

 


Humanistic Judaism was founded as a congregational movement in 1963 by the late Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine, and has emerged as a stream of Judaism that enables people of any ethnic or religious background to cherish Jewish history, culture, and ethics without worshipping or praying to a supernatural being. As an affiliate of the Society for Humanistic Judaism (SHJ), Machar is part of the national and international Humanistic Judaism movement. The International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism (IISHJ) is the educational arm of our movement, training rabbis and other leaders.

 

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