Questions about short prayers called b'rachos ("benedictions" or "blessings"), generally said to thank God for specific events.

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Source Midrash - why the first letter of the Tenach is a Bet

What's the source of the Midrash that talks about the reason why the letter Bet was chosen as the first letter of the Tenach and not the Alef? The reason being given in this Midrash is that it is ...
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Is there a blessing for destroying avodah zarah?

It is a positive commandment to destroy, preferably by fire, false deities. It is a positive commandment to destroy false deities, all their accessories, and everything that is made for their ...
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Is there a minimum amount of urine that is considered “Going to the bathroom” for the purpose of making a blessing?

After eating food or drinking beverage, we say a blessing; however, this is only the case if some minimum amount of food or beverage has been consumed. Likewise, after going to the bathroom, we say a ...
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Saying Baruch Sheim out loud on a bracha

Inspired by this question. We know (Pesachim 56b) that Baruch Sheim, at least according to one explanation, is a tefillah Moshe heard from the Malachim. Thus, we only say it out loud when we're on ...
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Barach v.s. Kalal/Arar

Bereshit 12:3 spreaks about: 'va.a.var.cha m'va.ra.chey.cha u.me.ka.lel.cha a.or' While in Devarim 30:19 it states: 'ha.be.ra.cha v'hak.la.la'. Are kalal and arar the same thing? As both seem to be ...
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How can something negative be a blessing?

Ya'akov calls out for his sons to come to him, in order to tell them what would happen in the acharit hayamim. From Bereshit 49 verse 28 we learn that Ya'akov gave the tribes a bracha (blessing). But ...
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What does a bracha do?

What does a bracha do? It isn't a spell, some magical utterance, or words with power that realise everything one tells. Is it something to changes G-ds mind, will or emotions in order to gain or ...
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Be a blessing; what does it mean

In Bereshit (Genesis) 12:2 HaShem tells Avraham that he should be a blessing: V'heyeh Bracha: וֶהְיֵה, בְּרָכָה But what does it mean that someone is a blessing? Isn't all blessing from HaShem, the ...
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Do you have to hear the morning blessings of the next minyan before leaving synagogue?

A minyan has just finished davenning and its participants are leaving. The next minyan is starting saying the morning blessings. Is there any obligation of the departing people to hear all the ...
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Wedding Blessings (Sheva Brachot)

There appears to be an uproar in "right leaning" circles caused by a bride and groom reciting the last 2 of the 7 blessings traditionally recited under a chuppah together. I have two questions about ...
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Is there an obligation to Count the Omer without a Bracha?

If I forgot to count at night and during the day, I cannot continue to count with a bracha. This was formulated in my Dirshu Daf HaYomi B'Halacha email as follows: The Mechaber writes that one who ...
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Al ha-eitz for flavorings/garnishes

Let's say I eat a salad that has a few pomegranate seeds sprinkled on top. Do I make al Ha-eitz afterward? Do I then make borei n'fashos, or does the al ha-eitz cover the whole salad? What if it's ...
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The chassan giving berachos on the day of his wedding [duplicate]

I heard from someone that the chasan - on the day of his chuppah - can give unmarried bochurim a berachah to find a shidduch. Is there a source for this?
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Rules for counting the Omer with a bracha if one cannot say arvit on a flight through Greenland

In the summer on flights from the US to Europe and Israel (when flying north through Greenland), there are situations where one cannot say arvit (the evening's prayer) because it never becomes night ...
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Do brachot speak of time or place?

In the formulation of a bracha we use the words "melech ha'olam" which is translated as "king of the universe" (Koren and Artscroll). But "olam" is used through tanach as "forever" (or at least a long ...
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Halachic definition of “full” (sated)

I was reading this: After the fact (if one ate between 8 Kezayitim and a definite meal), if one is not full make Al HaMichya and if one is full make Birkat HaMazon, yet, in such a case it’s ...
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Is there a special bracha or prayer that one can say when receiving a life-changing implant?

A deaf person cannot fulfill mitzvoth that specifically require hearing, such as Shofar. If that person receives a cochlear implant so that he can now hear, other than, most likely saying "Hatov ...
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Should one use the holiday/shabbat greetings that are common in his neighborhood or can he/she stick with his custom?

Sefardim say Shabbat Shallom and Chag Samayach; Ashkenazim say Gut Shabbos and Gut Yontif. May one keep his own greetings when living in a community that is predominately of a different descent (for ...
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Should a woman make a bracha before doing a non-required mitzvah?

I am thinking of mitzvot like Counting the omer Lulav and esrog ...which are not technically required of women--but women are allowed to do them--and which are preceded by brachos of the form "... ...
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Why does the Shulchan Aruch say to make a bracha on Hallel Pesach Night?

In Shulchan Oruch Orach Chayim Siman 487 Sif 4 it is brought the minhag of saying Hallel in shul the first night of Pesach בליל ראשון של פסח גומרים את ההלל בצבור בנעימה בברכה תחלה וסוף ובן בליל ...
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May women say prayers aloud in the presence of men?

Is there a tznius (or any other) issue with women saying blessings and/or prayers aloud in the presence of unrelated men? I remember hearing that certain inyonim (perhaps kol isha?) do not apply if ...
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New fruit for second-night Shehecheyanu on holidays other than Rosh Hashanah

I know that we are supposed to eat a new fruit after saying the Shehechyanu on the second evening of Rosh Hashanah, because there is some doubt about whether that blessing needs to be made for the ...
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Blessing on Star Anise

Star anise is technically the fruit of the evergreen tree Illicium verum. However, this fruit is not used as an edible fruit, only as a spice. What blessing do the authorities determine is the right ...
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Why “Hamotzi Lechem” instead of “Hamotzi Chitah”?

A bread question in time for Pesach! The words to the blessing over bread are: בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' אֱלֹקינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, הַמּוֹצִיא לֶחֶם מִן הָאָרֶץ which ends with "...who brings forth ...
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What happened to the Mugmar?

In Brochos Perek 6, Mishna 6 the Mugmar is mentioned in the context of who makes the Brocha for it. Commentaries explain that it is some sort of incense that was smelled after a meal. It would ...
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Are chips covered by Hamotzi?

Desserts that are eaten for taste and not for satiation require their own brachos during a meal: http://berachot.org/halacha/18_devarim.html When having a bread meal are chips (eaten at the end of a ...
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What to do when uncertain regarding a Bracha on dessert during a bread meal?

If you are having a bread-meal and you have dessert in front of you, but you are uncertain if the homotzie covered it - what do you do? Don't eat it? Eat it without a Bracha? Say shehakol (in the ...
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Why are trees referred to in female form in ברכת האילנות?

On Nissan we say ברכת האילנות on blossoming fruit trees. The nusach of the bracha is: בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' אֱלֹקֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, שֶׁלֹּא חִסֵּר בָּעוֹלָמוֹ כְּלוּם, וּבָרָא בּוֹ בְּרִיּוֹת ...
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Are raisins considered one of the seven species for the purposes of prioritising brachot?

When prioritising brachot (for example before eating a fruit and nut mix) are raisins still considered one of the seven species, being made from grapes?
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Solution to eat more karpas [closed]

Based on this answer, the reason not to eat a kezayit of karpas is because of a safek whether you would have to make a borei nefashot if you do. if maror is covered by hamotzi, then the haadama on ...
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who makes brocha by bar mitzva if no dad?

If someone's father passed away, who makes the brocha of baruch shepotrani when he gets his aliya at the torah by his bar mitzva?
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Plural of yasher koach?

Many expressions in Hebrew take different forms when referring to women or groups. What is the correct way to say yasher koach/ײשר כּח to multiple people?
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Does one say birkat ha-ilanot on Shabbat?

When seeing two trees in bloom during the month of Nissan, one says a once-a-year bracha known as birkat ha-ilanot. This year, Rosh Chodesh is on Shabbat. I understand that some say, according to ...
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Does the grandfather make a blessing on seeing his granddaughter for the first time?

The father of a new girl makes the shehechiyanu blessing on seeing his daughter for the first time. Does the grandfather make a beracha ? He has not seen the child before and is surely joyful. (See ...
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Should one say “Shehechiyanu” after renovating part of his home?

My rav told me it is appropriate to say "Shehechiyanu" after one purchases a home because this gives him joy. Would the bracha be appropriate if you are joyed because you are getting a new bathroom or ...
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Is it permitted to say Dayan Emet for deceased pet?

Judging from a few other posts on Mi Yodeya I am left with the impression we do not say anything for a deceased pet. But asking just to be sure.
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Mess of Potage, the RED, EDOM [closed]

I'm interested in the emphasis given to the etymology of the references to 'RED' - the colour of the lentils Jacob was cooking, then transferring the description to Esau as EDOM, the red man. It seems ...
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What is the function of “Eloheinu” in blessings?

Many blessings open with the familiar formula: ברוך אתה יהוה אלהינו מלך העולם In additions, many blessings close with the familiar shorter formula: ברוך אתה יהוה Now, we know (Berakhot ...
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Should the bracha for toiveling be repeated for subsequent immersions in a toiveling “session”?

If one is immersing multiple kelim in a toiveling "session" does the bracha need to be repeated for each immersion or can the bracha be said once at the start? Also, if one is toiveling a kli that is ...
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Second and Third Person in Birchat Kohanim

I have been reading up on the shift in the text of many brachot from the second person (ata) to the third person (for example, "hemvarech et amO..."). One nice explanation comes from here: It is ...
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“Halachikly Complicated” Foods (Safek Bracha)

Over the Shabbos meal we discussed the idea of sending "Halachikly Complicated" Mishloach Manos. "Halachikly Complicated" meaning foods that cannot be eaten because we have a safek what their bracha ...
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Does one make bracha when tasting food?

Does one make bracha when tasting food? If one were to taste food and immediately spit it out, presumably he wouldn't have to make a bracha. But what if he/she wants to see if it goes down smoothly or ...
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Biur Chametz and hefsek

On the evening of the day before Pesach, we search for Chametz and put aside what we find so that we may destroy it in some way the next morning. Before we start, we make the bracha "al biur chametz" (...
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When did Jews adopt the custom of saying “Baruch Hashem”?

When did Jews adopt the custom of saying "Baruch Hashem"? The only people who said B"H in the Chumash were non-Jews: Noah, Malkitzedek, Avimelech, Eliezer, Lavan, and Yitro!
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“Hamakom” after shiv'a

In my experience, for the most part, "‏המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים" is said to a mourner specifically during shiv'a. However, I've heard some people say it after shiv'a, particularly ...
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Brachos on the amount of pizza one doesn't wash for?

Assuming one is eating let pizza than required to wash, what are the bracha rishona and the bracha achrona?
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Is there a deadline for Asher yatzar [duplicate]

I know there is a deadline for brochois after a meal (until hungry again, 72 min). But if one did not say Asher yatzar, for how much time can one say it? What are the sources on this subject?
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Bracha on french toast

Using leftover challah for French toast. I thought that because it's not in the original form (the main addition being eggs which also change the bread's appearance), mezonot is the proper bracha. But ...
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Should one make any brachot on “raw” milk?

Most people do not drink milk directly from the cow's udder prior to it being pasteurized. If one did, should he make a before and after bracha? Is raw milk considered "food" halachically, since ...