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

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Source for rumored ruling of the Chafetz Chaim regarding Bracha on dessert

The Laws of Brachos by Rabbi Binyamin Forst says the following on page 211 note 16. "Rumor has it that the Chafetz Chaim allegedly said, that in America, desserts are part of the meal and ...
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Why don't the fruits of the seven species of Israel get their own bracha rishonah?

The 7 species of Israel are used to praise the land. Wine gets a unique bracha rishonah and acharonah. Grains within the 7 species and within the 5 species of grains also get their own bracha rishona ...
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What beracha does one recite upon meeting the US President?

Resulting from this Mi Yodeya question, the references in the question indicate that one does not recite "she-natan michvodo le-vasar ve-dam" upon meeting a non-Jewish head of state of a limited ...
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Why do we make blessings on mitzvot d'rabbanan at the second seder?

As far as I know mitzvot such as eating marror or saying hallel at the Pesach seder are only rabbinic (the marror was biblical previously but I am told that is no longer so). If this is the case and ...
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What is significant about being eight days old from birth?

We make a bris on the eighth day. A korban has to be eight days old before being brought on the mizbeach. The new moon according to many has to be eight days old from when its 'born' again till me ...
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What Bracha do we say on bread baked with evaporated mei peiros?

If one bakes bread made out of flour and pure fruit juice, it becomes pas haba bekisnin and the bracha is (at times) mezonos. What if one distilled fruit juice (to produce water) and baked bread out ...
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Source in the Aruch HaShulchan to not motzi (exempt) others with after-bracha on mezonot foods

The Aruch HaShulchan has an opinion on whether one person can motzi (exempt) a crowd with a bracha acharona (after-bracha) on mezonot foods. It is along the lines of it is better not to have one ...
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Looking for more information on the bridal virginity blessing

The blessing on bridal virginity is recorded in the Halakhot Gedolot but dismissed by the Rambam in Teshuvot Harambam, II:364-365, #207. What is the original source for this blessing? Do other ...
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Wishing Chayim Aruchim to Non-Mourners [closed]

Among not yet frum people the traiditional blessing of haMakom is not used but rather people wish each other ' a long life or chayim aruchim' whilst this term is reserved for avelimg. Is there any ...
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Which blessings should I say before and after eating perogi with potato-and-cheese filling?

Wikipedia writes: Pierogi ... (... also spelled perogi, pierogy, perogy, pierógi, pyrohy, pirogi, pyrogie, or pyrogy in English or other Slavic languages ...) are dumplings of unleavened dough – ...
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Why do we say an after-bracha only for the last of the four cups at the passover seders?

The hagadda has us say the Mein Shalosh after-bracha for wine for the 4th cup. Why do we say the after-bracha for that cup and not for each of the other 3 cups? Why are we not concerned about losing ...
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Do we need to make Birkas Mein Shalosh after havdalah?

I know that the minimum amount of wine to be drunk for havdalah is only a cheekful (m’lo lugmav). But realistically, often the person reciting havdalah will drink the whole--or almost the whole--cup ...
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borei menei b’samim, flowers and fresh mowed grass

Someone told me that if one stops to smell the flowers he should remember to make the borei menei b’samim. Where is the source for this in halacha? Does one make borei menei b’samim if he enjoys the ...
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Can a person say the bracha for thunder if he hasn't seen the lightning?

Can someone say the bracha upon hearing thunder without having seen the lightning bolt (in any form, i.e. he didn't notice any light at all?) Scientifically, lightning causes the thunder. (Most of the ...
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Why is birkas kohanim in the masculine singular?

If the kohanim are blessing the entire people, one would think that it should be worded, "יברככם...וישמרכם" Why is it in the singular form? On a related note, if a father places this blessing on his ...
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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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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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Do I make hamotzi over raw dough?

If I am making challah and want to taste the dough before baking would I make hamotzi or would it be adamah and shehakol for flour and eggs since it's not considered לחם מן הארץ yet?
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Can one make a bracha on non-thunderstorm lightning?

Most of us associate lightning with thunderstorms. But there are other ways "lightning" can be caused: static discharge such as what you may see when you rub your feet on a rug on a cold dry day, ...
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Speach After Recitation of HaMapil

What do halachic sources say regarding speech after the nocturnal blessing of HaMapil? Of particular (but not exclusive) interest are the earliest sources that prohibit speech after the recitation. ...
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Text of Borei Nefashos

It seems that, at least for Ashkenazim, the proponderance of poskim prefer "al kol mah sheBARA" over "sheBARASA" (or sheBARATA) and yet sheBARASA has become more common. Can anyone explain how this ...
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If a glass of wine improves after five minutes, should you say HaTov VeHaMetiv?

A good wine improves as it is exposed to oxygen in the glass after it is poured. Since one is supposed to say a Berachah of HaTov VeHaMetiv if one drinks a better glass of wine than the first (ie., ...
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How often must a worker in a spice store say “Borei Minei B'Samim”?

How often must a worker in a spice store say "Borei Minei B'Samim"?Pretty simple question. I assume that once per day? Or is he exempt because he is expose to it constantly and this is part of his ...
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Why Don't Ashkenasim say ברכו at the end of Shabbos Mussaf?

I noticed that while Sephardim do in fact say: ברכו את ה המבורך at the conclusion of Mussaf on Shabbos, it seems that Ashkenasim (at least the shuls that I go to) don't. Is there a reason for this? A ...
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The blessing שהחינו‎ for a new wrist watch?

If you acquire a new wrist watch, do you make the blessing Sheheheyyanu?
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When and how often should you make a bracha on a snack that is being passed around?

If you don't have your own plate of a certain food, but are just taking from a communal plate/bowl that is being passed around (i.e. a bowl of popcorn), should you make a bracha rishona each time you ...
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What bracha do you make when smelling non-edible flowers?

I know about the bracha "borei atzei besamim". I understand this bracha to apply to edible spices and herbs and spices such as sage and rosemary. What bracha, if any, would I make if I smell other ...
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Why do we say “shelo asani isha” everyday? [duplicate]

Why is it that we say shelo asani isha/sheasani kirtzono every day? Presumably we would only need to thank Hashem once for making us the gender he made us.
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Making a bracha on kosher ingredients cooked in non-kosher pots?

Is it assur to make a bracha on foods whose ingredients are kosher but cooked in non-kosher utensils? What is the source?
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Why do we not use the original language of בִּרְכַּת הַמִּינִים?

The language we currently use in the amidah for בִּרְכַּת הַמִּינִים is different from that found in the earliest siddurim. The gemarah (Berachot 40b) teaches us that "If one alters the formula laid ...
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Starting a bracha in the middle of Bircas Krias Shema, what to do?

One is not allowed to say certain brachas in the middle of bircas krias shema (even "between perakim" -- between certain parts of Bircas Krias Shema.) For example Asher Yatzer, or the bracha on a ...
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What's the Bracha Rishona on oatmeal/oat flakes with cold milk?

What's the Bracha Rishona on oatmeal/oat flakes with cold milk? Is it Pri Adama or Mezonot? Do we need extra Sheakol on milk?
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Making bracha when passing by a bakery

I've heard before that one should make a bracha when passing by a bakery that has a pleasant smell of what's being baked. What is the source for this halacha? What is the custom in this, do we yes ...
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“Wrong” Berachoth exempting foods

'Al HaMihyah exempts 'Al Ha'Gefen, at least if it was said after eating grain products and grape juice/wine. Is this unique to this case, or is there a broader principle? Can a less specific ...
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Overlapping blessings

Towards the end of a bread-based meal someone decides to have, in addition to their original plans, a hot drink (eg tea). After the meal, they say birkas hamazon. Only after this do they then ...
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Does the proximity rule for hand washing water extend to b'racha precedence?

Assuming that one must wash one's hands before eating bread unless the water is very far away, and assuming one is near water, and assuming that the highest precedence b'racha is the b'racha for ...
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Making a bracha on the fruit with kedushas shvi'is before another fruit

In halacha we find that various foods come first in the order of the brachos we make on them. So to for fruit (for example if one is the fruit is from the 7 minim or not.) What about if I would have a ...
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Bracha achrona stipulation

The question here Continuing to drink a Beverage after Birchas HaMazon? is a good question. Unfortunately it's been deflected with a bracha she'eino tzricha svara. Here's a different case. Someone is ...
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Why doesn't the Rambam mention the Brochah on Tevillas Keilim?

Why doesn't the Rambam mention the Brochah on Tevillas Keilim? Even if he holds its a Mitzve Drabanon (as this is subject to an argument), but by others he specifies the Brochah. So why is it ...
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Can one rely on a gentile's uncertain food description regarding brachot?

Let's say you have a dish in front of you but you're not certain what its ingredients are. You ask a Gentile who is familiar, and he says, "I've seen something like this before and it's usually made ...
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What is the difference between these two brachot? [duplicate]

During Shacharit (the morning service) and Ma'ariv (the evening service), these are two blessings that seem quite similar. After the Shema, one says "Baruch ata Hashem, go-al Yisrael." A few minutes ...
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Drinking another Kos between the First and second Kos

In siman 473:3 the Shulachan Aruch writes that one can drink as many cups as one would like but between the first and second one shouldn't only if a great need arises. The Mishna Brurah discusses ...
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Why does R. Nachman b. Yitzchak say a blessing, and why does the Bavli include it? (שבת דף מו)‎

The Bavli, Shabas 46: Rav Aviya came to Rava's house; his boots were gross with clay. He set [them] on a bed in front of Rava. Rava minded; [Rava] wanted to bother him. [Rava] said to him: Why did ...
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When to answer amen and others and when not to?

If you're in the middle of pisukei dezimra, birchat hamazon, berachot of shema, birkat levanah etc, when are you allowed to respond amen, Baruch uvaruch shemo, aleychem shallom, etc? Is there a ...
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May one make the bracha on the shel yad, while the cover (which is never taken off) is on?

Is it permissible to keep the plastic shel yad cover on semi-permanently and make the blessing on the shel yad like that? Considering that there is a small opening in the plastic cover, would it be ...
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Intent to include foods in bracha that exist only as ingredients

Given that one has a shehakol food as well as water and coffee beans, if one makes a shehakol on the other food intending to include the prepared coffee, and only then realizes that the coffee has not ...
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what bracha do you make on seaweed and algae? [duplicate]

These two grow on the soil in the ocean. Is the term "adamah" applicable only to the dry land or does it apply to the land in the ocean as well? Note: I am referring to eating just the seaweed itself; ...
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Why can I not say a b'racha before taking a regular bath at home? [duplicate]

Why can I not say a b'racha before taking a regular bath at home? I understand, in such a case, a person might be "immodest" and the bathroom is, well, a bathroom. But still, I do feel a similar sense ...
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Halacha of putting on talit Katan in the morning

I was just wondering about the halacha of waking up in the morning and putting on tallit katan. When I wake up I wash my hands (negal vasser) then get dressed and put on my tallit katan with a bracha ...
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Why do we say “אשר ציוונו להדליק נר של חנוכה” while the decree is rabinical [duplicate]

The Hannuka blessing is saying "אשר ציוונו" but the decree is rabbinical. Isn't this mis-speaking and thus disregarding of "מדבר שקר תרחק"? Can you quote recorded debates (if any) over this issue, ...