This book contains the Birkat haMazon (Blessing after Meals) in the Sepharadi and Ashkenazi traditions, songs and prayers of the Shabbat meals, as well as a brief history of the fifteenth of Av. It is the second expanded edition of a birkon (blessing book) originally compiled by Miriam Sarah Hasson on the occasion of her wedding, and dedicated to her husband, David Avram Sanders. In her dedication, she wrote, “I pray that we will have a long and happy life together. I also dedicate this book to the hosts, my parents, who have taught me to love the tradition contained in these pages.” This edition of the birkon is dedicated by Miriam and David’s son, Honi Sanders, to the memory of his mother, whose personality inspires his entire life. This edition is also dedicated to Honi’s bride, Simona Dalin, for her love and affection, and in the hope that our life together
be an ongoing project of creativity.