The idea that anything could displace HaMotzi as the most important bracha would be intriguing, but that curiosity is displaced by the very phenomenon that might displace it. Namely: The very sweet fruit that was consumed in great quantities and provoked a desire for salty fish to cut the sweetness (over and above the importance of bread). It’s not the kind of story about Hazal that we see every day. Was this some kind of natural drug? It sounds that way…
Also: Making sense of the bits and parts of details about Birkat HaMazon, the abridged bentsching (Me’eyn Shalosh), and the Seven Species that have been mentioned in fits and starts as if we already know about them – now presented by the Gemara in order.
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