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

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The bracha on Pita Chips

What Bracha should one make on pita chips, Hamotzi or Mezonos ?
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Why is a bracha not recited before a married couple has intercourse? [duplicate]

As I understand it, we are to say a bracha when dealing with a birkhot ha'nehenin or a ‎birkhot hamitzvot. I have even heard Rabbis say that one must say a bracha before any pleasurable experience, as ...
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What happens with the blessings if a mute is called for a Torah aliyah?

A person called for an aliyah LeTorah makes a blessing before and after the reading. As I recall, the original custom (mentioned in Talmud Megilla 21b) was to have the Cohen make the staring blessing ...
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What's a common blessing given to people at a wedding?

What is a common blessing given to the bride and groom when attending a Jewish wedding? What is a common blessing given to the family and friends of the bride and groom when attending a Jewish ...
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What's a common blessing given to people at a brit milah?

What is a common blessing given to the father/mother of the child receiving the circumcision when attending a brit milah (circumcision)? What is a common blessing given to the friends and relatives ...
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Should you say a blessing on a tallit gadol when you are performing a task in a shul that requires one due to a custom?

Should you say a blessing on a tallit gadol when you are performing a task in a shul that requires it (e.g.: being hazzan for mincha or getting an aliyah during mincha) ? Is there a difference if ...
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The blessing of Pru U'rvu

"The reason why a mule cannot reproduce is because is wasn't blessed by the blessing of Pru U'rvu during the Six Days of Creation. " Someone showed this to me while I was learning in Israel. I ...
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Does an unknown Ikkur require a blessing?

This question is taking for granted the position of Reb Moshe Feinstein that a food which has two ingredients such as chocolate covered peanuts gets two brachos (blessings) being that both ingredients ...
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How to Resolve Kiddush Levana and Celestial Worship, (Avodas Kochavim)?

In general Kiddush Lavanah has always seemed to me to be akin to "Avodas Kochavim" - so does anyone know of a satisfying answer that works with Occam's razor? More specifically: We say Just as I can ...
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Is there a list online of every bracha?

Where can I find online a list of every bracha? Including natural phenomena, foods, special occasions, etc.
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Is there an exhaustive list of astronomical/environmental events for which there are blessings?

Inspired by: What Bracha should you say on a Hurricane? What Blessing Does One Make on a Solar Eclipse? Bracha for the transit of Venus? What b'racha do you say on seeing the Aurora Borealis (if ...
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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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Shavuah Tov or A Gutte Vuch on Motzai Shabbos

What is the earliest reference or source for wishing Shavuah Tov or A Gutte Vuch on Motzai Shabbos?
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Why do we say besha tova instead of mazal tov?

When a person hears that someone is pregnant the traditional response is besha tova, instead of mazal tov. Why is that?
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Excluding water from blessing after food

One common scenario is for someone to make a berakha on water at some point in the morning and to drink the water throughout the day. Suppose during the day, the person decides to have a snack whose ...
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Inappropriate kavanah during “asher yatzar”

I don't know if other people have experienced this, but when reciting "asher yatzar" immediately after going to the bathroom, I find that if I meditate upon the meaning of the words I cannot help but ...
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Maple syrup bracha

What is the bracha on maple syrup and why? Being that the trees are probably planted specifically for the purpose of the syrup, it's not so far off to think it might be ha'eitz. After all, I've ...
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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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Is the bracha on tree sap “shehakol” or “ha'etz”? [duplicate]

Follow-up on this related MY question relating to the bracha on coffee or tea. I initially surmised that to say "ha'etz" you must eat the fruit that protrudes from a tree branch. However, I have ...
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Is there a bracha for blooming non-fruit trees?

I understand that one says Birkat Ha'Ilanot on seeing the blossoms on a fruit tree. Does a tree that blooms but doesn't produce fruit get a bracha? And if so, which one? I'm asking about trees from a ...
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When you need to make a bore nifashois do you have to make it in the place you started to eat

When you need to make a bore nifashois do you have to make it in the place you started to eat (as @LN6595 seems to claim here). Or even if you are planning to continue in another place (and will have ...
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Do you need to make an afterbrocho before sipping a drink slowly

If after a meal you will be drinking something slowly do you need to make an afterbrocho right away (as @LN6595 seems to claim here). Or you should wait until you finish the coffee before you make the ...
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What should I think about when reciting this blessing?

In the birchot hashachar we say every day, we recite a number of blessings to thank G-d for different things. I like to think about how grateful I am to G-d for every specific thing each blessing ...
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What does 'בציצית' mean in 'להתעטף בציצית'?

When we don the טלית גדול, we say: ברוך אתה ה׳ אלקינו מלך העולם אשר קדשנו במצותיו וצונו להתעטף בציצית.‏ I'm wondering about the meaning of the last word of the benediction. (Not midrash-like ...
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What is the bracha for a petroleum-derived product?

Suppose I am taking an antidepressant medication, and my research indicates that it is produced by a complex synthesis beginning with the substances propionic acid and benzene. As an antidepressant, ...
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Can a deaf person answer “Amen” to someone else's bracha?

Excerpt this M.Y. answer: The Mishnah (Berachos 8:8) states that we answer Amen even after hearing a partial berachah from a Jew, but not from a Cuthean (who is suspect of having addressed the ...
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Must the first and second bracha of sheva brachos be said together by one person?

Must the first and second bracha of sheva brachos be said together by one person? Or may they be split between two honorees? There are a lot of people who I will need to honor at my wedding in a few ...
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What would the beracha be on tree-leaves?

What blessing would one make on leaves from [woody] trees that are routinely eaten? Is it ha'eitz, because they came from a tree? Is it ha-adama, because they're not "fruit" but are vegetative? Is it ...
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Bracha on avocado / sashimi “boat”

A take-out place near where I work makes an "avocado boat". A whole avocado is peeled, pitted and cut in half. One half is placed on the bottom of a tray and filled with brown rice and assorted ...
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Halchas about standing for the brachos of megillah and or shofar

During the brachas for megillah reading or during the brachos of tekios shofar in shul if there is a tzibbur, is the tzibbur required to/ or is it a minhag/ or no source for the tzibbur to stand for ...
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Why don't we use plural “TOVOT” in New Years greeting for ketivah ve-hatimah TOVOT?

Why don't we use plural "TOVOT" in New Years greeting for ketivah ve-hatimah (writing and sealing) tovot?
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Why is the beracha Me'ein Sheva omitted on the first night of Pesach?

My Artscroll siddur says that the beracha Me'ein Sheva is omitted when the first night of Pesach falls on Shabbat. I have seen this in other siddurim as well. What is the reason for not saying the ...
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Am I a body with a soul or a soul with a body?

I've always thought that our true essence, who we actually are, our personalities are our souls. To me, bodies are just temporary "homes" for the soul. My body can perish, but my soul will continue ...
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Saying Brachos near a bathroom [duplicate]

We know that saying brachos in a bathroom is Assur. Would the same halacha apply regarding saying them near a bathroom with the door open ? this doesn't seem to answer the question ?!
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What blessing to make on a cronut?

The local kosher DD is now stocking their imitation of the famous cronut. According to the teudah on the wall, pas Yisrael isn't an issue with donuts since they are fried, croissants require washing ...
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Do you need to eat a kezayis of the ikar to make a bracha acharona necessitated by the ikar?

Say you're eating a mixture of something requiring a mezonot blessing mixed with something requiring a shechakol blessing. By the rules of ikar and tafel you would just say a mezonot on the entire ...
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Berachot for visiting Israel?

I'm traveling to Israel soon, and we're going to visit many things including Yerushalaim and the Kotel. Are there special Berachot for arriving in Israel, going to the Old City or visiting the Western ...
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Modeh Ani - When to say the blessing

When is the proper time to say the Modeh Ani blessing? Sometimes people wake up at 4 or 5 am to use the bathroom and then go back to sleep. Is it correct to say the blessing only when waking up for ...
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Make a new leisheiv basucah if you go to a different succah?

If someone is eating in one succah, makes a proper leisheiv basucah, and then gets up and goes into a different succah, do they need to make another bracha? My question is only about leisheiv basucah,...
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What would a slave say in the birchot hashachar?

Given that women replace shelo asani isha with she'asani kirtzono, is there any halacha on what a Jewish slave would say for shelo asani eved? Also, would a slave need to be need to be acquired & ...
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What's the bracha on mozzarella sticks?

Do the breadcrumbs on mozzarella sticks require that you wash or at least say mezonot or do we say that it's only used as a cooking agent and therefore you would make a shehakol on the cheese? Is ...
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What do you do if your Shabbos host serves chocolate chip challah?

Based on this shiur from R. Sobolofsky, chocolate chip challah is no different from chocolate babka or other cake and thus has the bracha of mezonos If that is the case, one would only be able to ...
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Asher Yotzar before or after Bracha Achronah

I read in a Sefer about a situation where a person uses the facilities before making a Bracha Achronah . My question is , do you make an Asher Yotzar first and then the Bracha Achronah or vice versa ?
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Should a beracha be recited for a public Hanukkah lighting? Who should/can recite it?

My office wants to light Hanukkah candles. Who should/can light the candles? Should a beracha be recited?
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What should I think of when reciting Birkot HaShachar?

Many of the prayers of the Birkot HaShachar are in third person. Such as: "...who opens the eyes of the blind." Or "...who frees the captive." I've always thought about personally thanking G-d (for ...
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Latkes with applesauce

If one eats a latke with applesauce should he make a bracha on the applesauce (is the applesauce considered tafel to the latke ? )
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Lit the menorah at my mother's home, then again at my home. Which brachot are said?

Note: This is related to Lighting the menora in shul and at home. How many brochos need be said?, except that in that case one of the occasions involved a minyan, and the explanation offered in ...
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Bringing wallet with benscher into bathroom

If someone has one of the small "pocket benschers" that slide into his wallet, is it a problem for him to walk into the bathroom with his wallet in his pocket?
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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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Grammar of Birchot HaShachar

I have at times noticed that there are disagreements in the grammar of certain brachot in Birchot haShachar. For example, the first brachah is "אשר נתן", one of the later ones is either (depending on ...