Birkat Hamazon on Yom Kippur

Yes, the title sounds a bit weird, since everyone knows that Yom Kippur is a fast day. Why is this post about Birkat Hamazon on Yom Kippur? However, there are people who do not fast on Yom Kippur, whether they want to or not, because they are seriously ill. Children under the age of Bar or Bat Mitzvah do not fast either. That means that these non fasting individuals would likely say some benediction following eating.

Yom Kippur as a Child

I remember when I was a young child, that at shul on Yom Kippur, there was often a buffet set out for the children. Things like sandwiches, fruit and the like.  There was one year that I particularly remember, where an adult came out to talk to the children eating. I don’t particularly remember which adult it was. However, I do remember he told us that when we say Birkat Hamazon, the Grace after meals, to add Yom HaKippurim when we added in the addition typically added on holidays and the new month to Birkat Hamazon.

Discussing Birkat Hamazon on Yom Kippur

I was thinking about this today, as I gave my toddler lunch. We actually discussed this together. She does not yet know all of Birkat Hamazon up to the inserted section. She does, however, understand adding prayers for the holidays so it was an appropriate discussion. We included the Yom Kippur addition in the Bnei Akiva Birkon, so I’ve included it as an illustration to this post. It is not always include in Birkonim but it can be useful.

yom kippur blessing for children during birkat hamazon

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