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

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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 ...
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Blessing after Haftarah Pronunciation

I am studying for my Bar Mitzvah. My siddur (Mishkan T'filah) says from the Haftarah blessing: יִתְבָּרַךְ שִׁמְךָ בְּפִי כָל חַי, but my practice sheet says יִתְבָּרַךְ שִׁמְךָ בְּפִי כָּל חַי! Do I ...
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The Three Jewish Tribes That Lived In Medina At The Time Of Mohammad

Is there any mention at all in the Talmud that backs the claim in the Quran that there were three Jewish tribes that lived in Medina at the time of Mohammad?
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Why Bless Eisav and not Yackov

Why was it that Yizhak originally chose to bless Eisav and not Yackov? I would have thought he would bless both of his sons equally. Why did he choose to only give the blessing to one of them?
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Should you say a new Bracha on coffee when leaving the coffee shop?

If I drink a coffee in a coffee shop, do I need to make another blessing when continuing outside if that's common for me to do? http://berachot.org/halacha/10_location.html says: "Additionally, you ...
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Minimum amount of food for Beracha Rishona

I've heard much discussion about minimal amounts of food to qualify as eating (eg. this discussion about how much Matza to eat at the Seder). How much would one need to eat in order to say a Beracha ...
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Do married men stop saying a bracha on their *tallit katan*?

This question concerns the Ashkenazic practice. I was always told that the tallit katan (worn under clothing, every day, starting in preschool years) got the bracha of al mitzvat tzitzit, but the ...
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Why no bracha on marrying?

If we are commanded to marry, why no bracha "sanctified by your commandments". (Marriage is #70 on Rambam's list of mitzvot, see: http://www.jewfaq.org/613.htm.)
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Why is the blessing called “netilat yadayim” (taking hands)? [duplicate]

Why is the language for the blessing over washing hands "netilat yadaim" (taking hands) instead of 'washing hands' or some other phrase?
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Does one have to make multiple blessings of “Shehakol” on hot coffee? [duplicate]

One buys hot coffee and keeps in a thermos the entire day. When he buys it, he takes a few sips (enough to qualify to make a bracha) and has in mind that he will be sipping from the thermos throughout ...
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Why is there no blessing on smelling tasty food that's cooking or baking?

AFAIK, the only "smelly" bracha we make is when smelling spices. good smelling twigs and good smelling fruit. It seems that the bracha should be made on "raw" items, only. Apparently, the sages ...
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If you make a shehakol on water at a restaurant before the meat is served do you say another shehakol on the meat?

If you make a shehakol on water at a restaurant before the meat is served do you say another shehakol on the meat? If you had the meat in mind? If you didn't have the meat in mind? Does the fact that ...
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Proper recitation of Hamakom Yenachem

Is the proper phrase to console a mourner always the plural המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים or should it be changed depending on whom it is said to (singluar, feminine, etc.)?
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What Bracha do you make on (Kasha) buckwheat?

What Bracha Rishona and Bracha Achrona do you make on (Kasha) buckwheat?
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Saying Tefillat haDerekh twice in one day

The Tefillat haDerekh includes the phrase, "ותחזירנו לשלום" ("and may you return us in peace"), to be added in the event that a person plans to make a return journey the same day. Is it necessary to ...
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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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If you say mezonot on rice AND one of the five grains do you make two after blessings?

Mezonot is said on rice and a product of the five grains. However rice gets boreh nefashot as the after blessing while five grain products get al hamichya. If you said one mezonot to cover both rice ...