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My impression is that there's a halakha that, if you give food to a Jewish person, you must make him or her make a blessing on the food. If you know that the person will refuse to do so, you may not give the food to begin with. Does the same apply to the bracha acharon or are we free to let people make or not make such a blessing?

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This is much more hypothetical, because you have lost your leverage at that point. Before, you are holding the food. You don't have that much to go on once it's in their stomache. (+1 though) – Y ez Mar 28 '14 at 17:25
What if the person is not shomer mitzwot and 'forcing' him/her to make a ברכה אחרונה would embarrass him/her publicly? – Lee Mar 30 '14 at 1:51
@Lee, see the Web page linked to in the question. – msh210 Mar 30 '14 at 1:58
Note that the Baer Hetev says (quoting the Bach) that this rule doesn't apply to birchos hanehenin at all: only to washing hands. However, Mishna B'rura (by implication) and Aruch Hashulchan (clearly) reject this. – msh210 Mar 30 '14 at 2:06

Tosfot – Brachot 35a, s.v Tinach l’acharov says that the bracha acharona is considered even more important than the bracha rishona .

Therefore anything that applies to the bracha rishona should also apply to the bracha acharona.

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