The blessing over the meal and matzah | motzi matzah |מוֹצִיא מַצָ
The familiar hamotzi blessing marks the formal start of a meal. Because we are using matzah instead of bread, we add a blessing celebrating this mitzvah.
Matzah, like all bread, represents the culmination of the work of many hands. It takes a lot of people to plant the seeds, harvest the grain, grind the flour, bake the bread and deliver the loaves to our homes. We are grateful to all of them, and grateful that there was fertile soil, ample water, and adequate sunshine to allow the wheat to grow.
בְָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, הַמּוֹצִיא לֶֽחֶם מִן הָאָֽרֶץ:
Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha-olam, hamotzi lechem min ha-aretz.
We praise God, Ruler of Everything, who brings bread from the land.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָֽׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתַָיו וְצִוָּֽנוּ עַל אֲכִילַת מַצָּה:
Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha-olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al achilat matzah.
We praise God, Ruler of Everything, who made us holy through obligations, commanding us to eat matzah.
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