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I was trying to find the prayer birkat haMazon (grace after meals) online because I thought it might be easier to print it out instead of copying it. After coming up with the right search words (the first phrase of the prayer in Hebrew), I quickly found the vocalized text and also the transliterations and tranlations I wanted (courtesy of Chabad, mostly).

But when I took a closer look, I was very surprised to see that there were a few verses missing from what I know and what I have in my printed bentcher (prayer book for grace after meal). On Shabat, after Psalm 126, there are the following four verses added:

  • תְּהִלַּת יי יְדַבֶּר פִּי וִיבָרֵךְ כָּל בָּשָׂר שֵׁם קָדְשׁוֹ לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד:
    My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD; and let all flesh bless His holy name for ever and ever. (Psalm 145:21)
  • וַאֲנַחְנוּ נְבָרֵךְ יָהּ מֵעַתָּה וְעַד עוֹלָם הַלְלוּיָהּ:
    But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for ever. Hallelujah. (Psalm 115:18)
  • הוֹדוּ לַיי כִּי טוֹב. כִּי לְעוֹלָם חַסְדּוֹ:
    O give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good, for His mercy endureth for ever. (Psalm 107:1)
  • מִי יְמַלֵּל, גְּבוּרוֹת יי, יַשְׁמִיעַ, כָּל תְּהִלָּתוֹ:
    Who can express the mighty acts of the LORD, or make all His praise to be heard? (Psalm 106:2)

Apparently this is a German custom and the verses allude to the four blessings the birkat haMazon consists of (Rabbi Rackman: The Custom Of Adding Verses In The “Bentching”). Interesting!

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