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Question 9.14:
Where can I learn about the prayers before eating?


Artscroll's siddur (see the reading list) is a good place to start, as is the Metzudah (linear) siddur. There are also a number of English books on prayer by traditional sources. Again, the reading list is a good place to start.

Another good resource is NCSY's guide to blessings, which is just a list of blessings made before or after around a thousand different foods, along with a small guide to the laws of blessings. It's a tiny booklet, staple-bound like a bencher. It is available at

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