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

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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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Shechiyanu on seeing Kotel

The Rivevos Ephraim 4:54:11 wonders if one says a shechiyanu upon seeing the kotel for the first time,and he brings a source who quotes the opinion of Rav Kook who held one is obligated to make a ...
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What is the ruling for a bracha's usage being extended across different food forms?

There's a tricky halacha with brachos that I couldn't figure out. It goes something like this: If you make a bracha on one food item without having others in mind, if more of the food item remains in ...
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What type of “rainbows” require a bracha?

Shulchan Arukh, Orach Chayyim 229:1 says: הרואה הקשת אומר בא"י אמ"ה זוכר הברית נאמן בבריתו וקיים במאמרו. ואסור להסתכל בו ביותר: One who sees the rainbow says, "Blessed are you, God our ...
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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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Is a beracha given in writing effective?

To whatever extent giving someone a beracha is effective, does a beracha given in writing have the same effect? Is the efficacy of the beracha somehow tied specifically to speech?
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Should I say the Bracha ברוך…שככה לו בעולמו when I marvel at fall foliage?

Follow up on Bracha on beautiful people: The beauty of fall foliage is sometimes stunning. The beauty of foliage is "general" meaning that I see a hill with a group of trees and the whole group ...
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What bracha do you make on zucchini flowers or the curly “lettuce” used for garnish?

During the past few years I have seen caterers decorate platters with zucchini flowers. Similarly. many platters have some type of dark green or purple lettuce or cabbage (I'm not sure what kind of ...
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Why is there such fervor to say the blessing on blossoming fruit trees?

People seem to go to great lengths to be able to say the blessing on blossoming fruit trees. I'm not aware of any such efforts made to observe other phenomena that would require a blessing, such as ...
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Chazals intention behind bedikat hametz

Nowdays, it seems to be standard for jewish family's to begin cleaning their houses days before Pesach. By the time bedikat hametz arrives, the houses are usually hametz free. From reading Talmud ...
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Secular sources with Torah wisdom

Some secular books have a hefty amount of wisdom that we find in our Torah sources. For example, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has a lot of almost verbatim lessons from Pirkei Avos, although ...
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Ordering of cholim in bracha r'fayeinu

In shemoneh esrei, if adding in names of cholim in the bracha of r'fayeinu, is there a preferred ordering when mentioning multiple cholim by name? Some possibilities I thought of: doesn't matter ...
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Shinuy Makom in a parked car

If I make a blessing in my kitchen, I can continue to eat in another part of my house without a new blessing (Mishnah Berurah 178:12 and Be'ur Halacha there). Let's say I make a blessing in my ...
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Does Rav Sa`adya Gaon hold that t'philin require one b'rakha or two?

I see in the Sidur HaRasa"g that he makes a seemingly strange comment about the b'rakha(oth) of t'philin. He states: התפילין כשמהדקים של היד על היד ושל ראש על הראש צריך לברך אקבמ"ו להניח תפילין ...
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Berachah at the zoo?

Should one say the Berachah of משנה הבריות when one goes to the zoo* and sees many animals one would never see outside the zoo? What if one actually sees animals that he has never seen before? Should ...
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Blessing children together or individually?

When I was a child, my parents would bless my siblings and me on Erev Shabbos. The formulation that they used was "Yesimcha Elokim kEphraim v'ch'Menashe" for each son and "Yesimech Elokim kSarah, ...
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Origin of using priestly blessing on Friday night

I know why we use Ephraim and Menashe when blessing the children on Friday nights, (see: Why Does Hashem Bless Us Like Efraim And Menashe?) but why do we use Birkat Kohanim? Is there any specific ...
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Difference between leaving place of eating and place of smelling besamim

We learn in Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 178 the laws if one leaves the place where they were eating if a new bracha has to be made or not when they come back (or if they change to a different place.) ...
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Should a parent bless a child resting one hand or both?

When a parent gives the traditional blessing usually done on Shabbat evening should the parent place one hand on the head of the child or two?
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Continuing to eat in a place that is visible from the initial eating place

The Shulchan Aruch Harav brings in Orach Chaim 178:1 א) היה אוכל בחדר זה ונטל המאכל בידו והלך לחדר אחר לאכול צריך לחזור ולברך שכיון שעמד והלך למקום אחר עמידתו זו היא גמר אכילתו וזו אכילה אחרת ...
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Can I say the prayers of Birkot HaShachar and Tikkun Chatzot after Chatzot (Midnight), even if I don't sleep yet?

Can I say the prayers of Birkot HaShachar and Tikkun Chatzot after Chatzot (Midnight), even if I had not gone to sleep yet? How should I proceed with the Kriat Shema Al Hamitá if I will remain awake ...
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Changing the 'Omer sign

If a Shul has an 'Omer sign that is manually changed, may someone change it before making the Berachah on the night's count? If not, and if the solution is to change it before Bein HaShemashoth, can ...
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Text for birchat habayit

I'd like to write a couple birchos habayis and get them illuminated as gifts. Does anyone know of a good existing text? I'm looking for something five or six lines long, preferably not the usual one ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it prohibited to say a bracha near an idol?

In the trades, some times home owners will have statues of Buddha or catholic stuff like saints and such. I've heard some rule idolatry today is not the same as before. Are there any prohibitions ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How do we define the word 'עולם'?

In the standard beracha 'formula' we use the phrase 'מלך העולם'. But what does the word עולם refer to in this context: Earth/world or universe? It may seem obvious that מלך העולם is referring to ...
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Making the bracha “leishev b'sukkah” in the wrong place

I've heard before that R' Shlomo Eager speaks about (I believe in Yorah Deah Siman 28) a sofek if one is allowed to make a bracha on "achilas matzah" before the time of eating and be yotzee with that ...
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Thirsty from before starting a bread meal, now wanting to drink in the middle of the meal

It says in Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim Siman 174 Sif 7 that one doesn't make a bracha on water in the middle of a seudah (bread-based meal). Even if the person was thirsty from before the seudah (and ...
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The Brakhah 'Ha-Tov ve-ha-Meitiv' and Wine

I think I vaguely remember that one of the occasions when one makes the brakhah 'ha-tov ve-ha-meitiv' is when you have been drinking wine and someone brings out another bottle of wine that is of a ...
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Hamapil immediately before sleep, but what about undressing?

Generally, we are supposed to say hamapil beracha immediately before going to bed, with no interruption. How do we reconcile this with the idea that we should be dressed appropriately to make a ...
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Why is it necessary to make a HaAdamah on Karpas?

Why is it necessary to eat a vegetable that requires HaAdamah for Karpas? Why not an onion, parsley, or other herb that might require SheHaKol (for not being normally eaten that way), or a fruit that ...
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How long after a Bris of his son can the Father make the bracha?

I'll pose the following scenario in order to ask this question. During the recent war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, a man was called up to duty. On one of the days that he was found in the ...
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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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Training parrot to say amen?

Is there any benefit (or forbidden) to train a parrot to say amen? Scenario: You live remotely and would like the 'sealing' after morning blessings and other blessings. By 'sealing' I mean it in the ...
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Does someone who hears a thunder “echo” make a bracha?

I am relating my question to this one. Mishnah Brurah O.C> 227:5 explains that one can make a bracha on thunder without seeing the lightning. What if someone was hiking in a canyon and hears a ...
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How does the principle of “ikkar” and “tofel” work with the after-blessing?

How does the principle of “ikkar” and “tofel” work with the after-blessing? Let us say that I make the blessing “borei minei mezonos” on my breakfast cereal eaten with milk. After I have eaten the ...
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What is the order for putting on a tallis katan in the morning?

I heard that upon waking up, even before washing al netilas yadayim, you put on your tallis katan, then wash your hands, use the bathroom, wash hands again and then make an al netilas yadayim....and ...
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Can you say Bircat Hagomel after certain “dangerous sports”

Every sport has some type of danger involved with it. But, I am referring to certain sports that are, perhaps, "inherently dangerous" or what some might call "adventure" or "thrill" sports. Examples: ...
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Are women obligated to say the morning blessings?

Are women obligated to say the morning blessings and perform the ritual hand washing?
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May women bentch gomel?

If a women was in the circumstances that would require someone to bentch gomel may she do so or must her husband, male family member, or another male in the community make the bracha on her behalf? ...