Sunday, August 3, 2014

How much bread?


In order for one's hamotzi on bread to cover the blessings for other food he eats in that meal, one must eat at least an olive-sized amount of bread, and during a span of only a few minutes. Other foods do not combine with the bread to reach that threshold.

The same standard applies in terms of birkat hamazon - other foods do not combine with the bread to trigger an obligation to recite birkat hamazon.

(Rivivot Ephraim 1:144)

המצפה לישועה,


  1. Good morning. Is there room within the halacha to simply complete the appropriate measure of bread by the END of the meal rather than completing it within a time-frame of a few minutes? In other words, how binding is the time requirement? Michael Felder

  2. Michael-
    As I understand it, the time-frame is required, but not necessarily at the start of the meal. While some are careful to do this at the start, one would satisfy the requirement by eating it at any point in the meal.