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Author:  AR
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Date:  10/23/2002 2:12:00 PM
Subject:  Bentching et. al.
Message:  Dear Rabbi Abadi,
According to the Halacha,(if you could answer Sephardi and Ashkenazi I would appreciate it)does one have to wear a hat(Ituf)during bentching.
In addition, is Mayim Achronim mandatory(Shabbat/and or during the week if that matters).
Lastly,leaving a piece of the bread so that the Brocha can rest on it, during Birkhat hamazon, ditto.?
I know that these are not cornerstones of the tradition, but are they of Halachic consideration in our times?
Thank you very much.
   
Reply:  1) No hat needed.
2) Yes, Mayim Acharonim is required
3) No piece of bread needed
AA

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