hamotzi (hah-MOE-tzi) listen
hamotzi (hah-MOH-tzi) listen
hamossin (ha-moh-SEEN) listen
amossi (ah-moh-see) listen


  • n. The blessing over challah or other bread before eating.

Example Sentences

  • "Kids, wait until we say hamotzi before you dig in!"

  • "What does everyone do for hamotzi on [S]habbos if they are on a gluten free diet?" (source)

  • "The rabbi is now going to recite the Motsi over the bread." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • TH מוציא motsi 'bring forth' + ה ha- (definite article), from the words of the prayer: ha-motzi lekhem min ha-arets.

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      hamotsi, ha-motzi, ha-motsi, motsi, motzi, the motsi, the motzi, hamossi, amossi, hamossin, hamotzy, hamotsy

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