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

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Touching the forearm when putting on Tefilin

If one has touched his forearm while placing the arm-Tefilin (I see that it's a very common case), is he obligated to wash his hands immediately, as he has to say a Beracha on the head-Tefilin? If so, ...
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Order of הרחמןs in ברכת המזון

We say: הָרַחֲמָן, הוּא יִשְׁלַח לָנוּ בְּרָכָה מְרֻבָּה בַּבַּיִת הַזֶּה וְעַל שֻׁלְחָן זֶה שֶׁאָכַלְנוּ עָלָיו: May the Merciful One send abundant blessing upon this dwelling and the table at ...
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Should the chazzan say amen after the Priestly Blessing?

The chazzan says the words of the Priestly Blessing word after word, and Kohanim (priests) repeat after him. Should the chazzan say "amen" after each blessing? What about "amen" after the blessing ...
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Bracha after an earthquake

Per the Artscroll Siddur after an earthquake we make a Bracha "Oseh Maaseh Breishis". Up to how long after the earthquake can you make this Bracha? (sources please)
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What bracha do you make on Martini

The Italian company Martini and Rossi make a bottled drink called "Martini" - it has a good hechsher from Rav Gerlich from Milano and the Israeli Rabbinate. Martini is made from red wine and alcohol - ...
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What does one do when one needs to bentch gomel?

One who has recovered from a serious illness or accident is supposed to bentch gomel during the torah service. What do you need to know to do this? Specifically: When is the right time -- the ...
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Moving question: prayer when posting a mezuzah

What prayer do you recite when posting a mezuzah?
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Does "Brich Rachamana Malka D'Alma Ma'rei D'Hai Pita' really fullfil the obligation of Birkas Hamazon?

I heard from a friend that, as per the Gemara, saying the following phrase in Aramaic discharges the obligation to recite Bircas Hamazon in its entirety: Brich rachamana malka d'alma ma'rei d'hai ...
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Why doesn't one say Hagomel when flying within the USA?

According to those opinions that only one who flies over an ocean has to say hagomel, why does one not say hagomel when flying within the USA (where one often takes off over an ocean)?
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what is the brocha on a young nut in its shell?

Young nuts are eaten together with their shells because they are soft and edible. What is the brocha on such a food?
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causeless hagomel

Rambam, Maase Hakorbanos 9:5, indicates that a toda is just another kind of sh'lamim. In perek 14 he mentions that a sh'lamim needs no special circumstances, as opposed to a chatas which can only be ...
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What letter is not found in Bentching [closed]

Which letter of the alef-beis isn't found in bentching and what is its significance?
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Review this map of B'rachaspace!

[Inspired by this site, this question is a solicitation for review of a product, copied below. Scale is not intended to be significant.] Is this set-theoretic representation of categories of ...
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Aruch Hashulchan's b'rachos priorities

The first chapter on the laws of b'rachos in Aruch Hashulchan ends with a summary of several of the forgoing paragraphs that reads thusly (202:45): וכללו של דבר: כל הפירות שיודע בהם שהם עיקר הפירא ...
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Reciting Boruch Dayan HaEmes on Shabbos

If someone's parent dies, one must recite Boruch Dayan HaEmes. What happens if this occurs on Shabbos? Is the customary Boruch Dayan HaEmes recited or not?
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Why do we say Shelo Asani Goy?

Why do we say in Birchas HaShachar Shelo Asani Goi - why do we not say SheAsani Yehudi or SheAsani Yisrael?
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Should you say HaGomel after a flight?

Should someone say the HaGomel blessing after taking an airplane flight? I seem to remember this being the practice, but honestly the average commercial airplane flight these days is 10 times safer ...
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birkas hagomel: based on the toda?

Is birkas hagomel based on the korban toda? B'rachos 54:2 seems to derive it from p'sukim without reference to the toda; Rambam puts one in Maase Hakorbanos and the other in B'rachos without any ...
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How does “וקשרתם לאות” become “להניח תפלין”?

Every day, when donning my tefillin, I (being Ashkenazic) recite two b'rachos, the first one of which is אשר קדשנו במצוותיו וצונו להניח תפלין, said whilst I tie down the shel yad onto my bicep with ...
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“Amen” to informal blessings and wishes

There are various strict rules regulating the manner and timing of saying "Amen" following a blesing. In fact, the Gemara (Berachot 47a) lists some pretty severe punishments for people who violate ...
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Bracha on frozen grape juice

For a cold dessert, I often like to freeze a cup of grape juice and then eat it with a spoon like an Italian ice. What is the appropriate bracha to say before and after eating this delicacy?
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Berachos over food mixtures

My breakfast regularly presents me with a beracha conundrum. It usually consists of a bowl of bran flakes (mezonos), often sprinkled with raisins (etz) and/or sunflower seeds (adama), and ...
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Will I ever actually make “al mitzvat tzitzit” on a daily basis if I don a tallit gadol?

I wear a tallit katan at almost all times and I do, in fact, sleep in it. I spoke to a rabbi about whether I would actually ever make "al mitzvat tzitzit" and it seemed that the answer was no. Kitzur ...
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Private Bircas Kohanim during Mussaf?

One Shabbos during the Chazan's repetition of the Mussaf Shemoneh Esrei, I noticed a guest who is a Kohen (who seemed to be of Sefaradic stock) wrapping his sons in his tallis, with his hands on their ...
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taking off your mezuzah

What happens if you take off your mezuzah because its not yours is a bracha required if you change mezuzas?
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New blessing on spices (besamim)

After reciting a blessing on spices (besamim), how much time must elapse before a new blessing is required? Or is this not time-dependent, but rather something that depends on one's attention (i.e. ...
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Birchas Ilanos on Fig Trees

Can one say Birchas Ilanos on a fig tree?
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Asher Yotzar - What type of Bracha is it?

What type of Bracha is Asher Yotzar? Is it a Birchas HaNehenin (you feel relieved after going)? Birchas HaMitzvos (as it is the conclusion of eating)? Birchas Hodaa (for our bodies working ...
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Sucking Candy and Chewing Gum

Two questions: One is not allowed to eat in a restroom. Does this apply to actually putting food into one's mouth or merely having food in one's mouth? If I am chewing gum and want to go to the ...
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No Bracha Before Yes after [closed]

When are you forbidden from making a Brocha Rishona on a food item,and obligated to make a Bracha Achrona after eating it?
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Is Birkat Ha'Ilanot (blessing on seeing fruit trees' first blossoming in the spring) said on shrubs?

If a plant is botanically a perennial and identical to a fruit tree, but it grows within a few inches of the ground, many authorities say its fruit warrants a borei pri ha'adama, as if it were a ...
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Correct Brocho on Hearts of Palm

What's the correct Brocho to say on Hearts of Palm?
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Tefillas Haderech in Shacharis

I once heard of a concept of saying tefillas Haderech in שמע קולינו during shemonah esrei by Shacharis of that day. Has anyone here heard of it, and if so, what's it about?
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Kein Yehi Ratzon by Birchas Kohanim

The Minhag by most Shuls where there is no Birchas Kohanim and the Chazan just says the Birchas Kohanim is to say Kein Yehi Ratzon. Why do we say Kein Yehi Ratzon instead of Amein?
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What Bracha do you make on craisins?

What Bracha do you make on craisins (dried cranberries)? Is it a HaAdama as fresh cranberries or is it Shehakol as it is dried with a significant amount of sugar? Sources please.
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Tallis falling off

What happens if your tallis falls off, is a bracha required?
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Pesach Matzo Brochos Change

According to the Sefardim, why is the Brocho on Matzo Hamotzi on Pesach, if it's Mezonos the entire year? What changes? (for why mezonos a whole year see here)
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Croutons Bracha

What Bracha are the Croutons that are really just dried pieces of bread separately and when there in my instant soup and is there a difference?
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Acher Kain Versus Acher Kach

It seems there are two Versions of Al Hanissim one says Kain one says Kach which one is right and what is the underlying logic for each?
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Thanks for the wars

In Al Hannisim we say: v'al hamilchamot she-asita la-avoteinu Loosely translated: And for the wars which you made for our Forefathers Why are we thanking Hashem for wars?
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Burden of proof for birkas “she'Asa nisim”?

The הלכה is brought down in Shulchan Aruch et al. that one who sees lit Chanuka lights and has not lit his own should say the ברכה of שעשה נסים לאבותנו. Could he say this ברכה on a נר that was lit ...
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Just one b'racha on Chanuka lights?

There is a possible scenario in which one recites only the b'racha of she'Asa nisim on neros Chanuka without the b'racha of l'hadlik ner. Does the opposite scenario exist, in which one says only ...
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Where did they light the Menorah after they won the war with the Greeks

In the Al Hanisim that we add on Chanukah we say: V'hidliku neirot b'chatzrot kodshecha Translated as kindled lights in Your holy courts It sounds as if the Menorah from the temple was lit outdoors ...
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when do you say amen

Can you say amen to a bracha if you hear the last part, see a gesture of ending, or is it only if you hear all of the brachah.
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What is mazonot?

Could someone kindly explain to me what Mazonot means? I recenlty attended a charity do where the bread rolls were described as mazonot. Another person at the table explained to me that this meant ...
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If you're really thirsty (e.g. breaking a fast), do you make a bracha first on the water or solids?

I know generally speaking, when prioritizing brachos, if you have food and drink, the food goes first; also, shehakols tend to rank low. But what if you're really, really thirsty (e.g. breaking a ...
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Washing and Bentching [closed]

Who washes and Bentches but does not eat?
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Baal Habayis in Bentching

When bentching (saying the prayer after meals), one is to insert a blessing for one's host. I have four scenarios, in which I wonder about whether it is appropriate to say the blessing for the host or ...
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Breakfast cereal brachot

Is there a reliable on-line source for finding the brerachot for commercially prepared breakfast cereals?
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Do bananas make the best karpas?

For karpas at the seder, one is supposed to eat a food on which the blessing "borei pri ha'adama" is made. However, many of the most commonly used food items for karpas (e.g. parsley, raw onion, raw ...