Blessing after the Meal, Rabbi Hanna Tiferet Siegel

V’akhalta    Deuteronomy 8:10  1992
A Birkat Hamazon
V’akhalta, v’savata, uveyrakhta

You shall eat, and be satisfied, and then you shall bless (x2)

We ate when we were hungry and now we’re satisfied
We thank the source of blessing for all that S/He provides (“you shall eat…”)

Hunger is a yearning in body and soul
Earth, air, fire, water, and spirit makes us whole…

Giving and receiving we open up our hands
From seedtime through harvest, we’re partners with the land…

We share in a vision of wholeness and release
Where every child is nourished and we all live in peace

Loving for the stranger, peace and justice too.
So all the goodness in our lives is shared with others too.

Transformation is our goal, loving is our way,
Humility, joy and gratitude, thank God, every day.

Written by Rabbi Hanna Tiferet Siegel; last two verses added and written by Rabbi Michael Lerner