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v. JPS: "To recite a blessing. It usually refers to Birkat ha-Mazon, the Grace after Meals... The word can also refer to the reciting of any blessing; for example, the expression bentsch licht means to light Shabbat [or Chanukah] candles."
"We'll have dessert and then bench."
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Yiddish בענטשן bentshn 'to bless; to say the benediction after a meal' (verbal stem is בענטש bentsh)
bensh, bensch, bench, bentsch
The Yiddish word stems from the Romance component, likely Italian benedice “he blesses.”
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