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Prior to eating any food or drinking any liquid, we are commanded by our Sages to bless the
Almighty who provides us with food and drink. Although it is man who plants and reaps, it is the
Almighty's design that what we plant grows into fruit, vegetables and vegetation that is the basis of all
life. The blessing varies the blessing for fruit grown on trees, ends with "who creates the fruit of the
trees", while the blessing for vegetables grown on the ground, ends with "who creates the fruit of the
ground". Food that is neither fruit nor vegetables, such as meat, fish, cheese, eggs etc., and liquids,
apart from wine, have their own blessing, which ends "by whose word all things exist". Food made of
any of the five species of grain such as for example cake or pasta, have their own special blessing
“who creates all kinds of food”
However, bread is of such importance called "the staff of life” that it has its own blessing,
and ends "who brings forth bread from the earth". Bread is considered such an esse...
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This document was uploaded on 03/24/2014.
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- The Bible