bentsher, bentscher, bensher, benscher
- prayer booklet or card with the text of the blessings after meals, and often times including other meal-time blessings and songs
- At the conclusion of the Bar Mitzvah meal, they handed out bentchers for use in reciting Birkas HaMazon.
- "'Jewish weddings are the worst thing to ever happen to bentshers!' according to Kalman. 'Because bentshers are now mass-produced, there’s a push to make them smaller, and a push to make them cheaper.'" (https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/duo-benches-todays-bentsher)
- "It’s always fun to look at the benchers from various simchas and think back about that wedding and the couple who tied the knot that day." (https://letsbench.com/wedding-benchers-good-choice/)
- "The NCSY Bencher is immensely popular for use in homes, synagogues, schools, youth groups and camps, as well as for weddings, bar and bas mitzvahs, and other simchos." (https://www.judaica.com/the-ncsy-bencher-19227.html)
- "As someone with a dining room drawer full of well-used egalitarian benchers, some decades old, some from my wedding 18 years ago, I initially wondered what the innovation of Seder Oneg Shabbos was, besides its incredibly beautiful typesetting and illustrations." (https://www.myjewishlearning.com/the-torch/an-orthodox-friendly-egalitarian-bencher-something-old-something-very-new/)
Languages of Origin
בענטשער bentsher 'blesser,' that is, a thing used for blessing.
Who Uses This
Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)
See also bench and Birkat Hamazon
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