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

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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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Attending public Menorah lightings before lighting at home

When someone is attending a public Menorah lighting, what should one do vis a vis the Mitzvah and the Berachoth? Should one say "She'Asah Nisim"? If it's the first night, should one say "SheHeḤiyanu"?...
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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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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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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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Bracha on jalapeño peppers?

The Bracha on onions and garlic eaten raw is shehakol since its not the usual way to eat onions or garlic raw. Do we say that jalapeños are also shehakol when eaten raw according to the same logic?
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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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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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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 ...
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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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Why is the blessing prior to drinking coffee or tea “Shehakol” instead of “Ha'etz”?

Magen Avraham on Orach Chaim 202:22 (excerpt): Magen Avraham 202:22: (ב"י רשב"א) ומיהו בפירות יבשים כגון תפוחים ואגסים וגדגדניו' ופלומי"ן ד"ה דמברך אמימיהן בפה"ע דהא אין דרכן אלא למשלקינהו לא ...
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The blessing over drinking fresh orange juice

Before someone drinks a fresh orange juice, which of the following blessings is required to be said? Should the blessing be "shehakol"? "borai pri ha'etz"? or both?
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Bracha levatalah vs waiting between meat and milk

If I make a ברכה on a Hershey bar, and before I eat the food, I realize I am Fleishig, what do I do? (assuming I have no other food around?)
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Bracha on Genetically Mixed fruit

There are two new or modified fruits called pineberries and strasberry . What bracha are they?
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According to Shulchan Aruch, why is the beginning bracha on rice “mezonot”, but the end bracha “borei nefashot”?

Shulchan Arukh, Orach Chayyim 208:7: הַכּוֹסֵס (פי' הָאוֹכֵל) אֶת הָאֹרֶז, מְבָרֵךְ עָלָיו בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הָאֲדָמָה וְאַחֲרָיו בּוֹרֵא נְפָשׁוֹת; וְאִם בִּשְּׁלוֹ הַגָּה: עַד שֶׁנִּתְמַעֵךְ (...
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Correct voweling of Birkat Hamazon

Most of my Hebrew knowledge comes from Biblical Hebrew, and when i read most Ashkenazi siddurim i'm usually on board with how they decide to vowelize things. However, being Sephardic, and wanting an ...
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What is the bracha for Etrog marmalade that has visible chunks of etrog pieces and / or rind?

My understanding and intention on asking this: Fruit products that have visible fruit pieces, such as applesauce, I have read in a number of Brachot booklets, state to say ha'etz, since the fruit is ...
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Why does ArtScroll place Birkot Hatorah towards the end of Birkot Hashachar?

The ArtScroll siddur introduces Birkot Hatorah with the following sentence: It is forbidden to study or recite Torah passages before reciting the following blessings. However, if one follows the ...
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Why is there any debate regarding sitting in a Succah on Shmini Atzeret outside Israel? [duplicate]

A 2nd day of Yom Tov is observed outside of Israel because of sfeika d'yoma - (doubt which day Rosh Hodesh was declared, and thus, which day is the 1st day of the holiday.) The Torah states that one ...
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Can you say berachot in the lying position or in bed?

Are there any issues with saying berachot in the lying position? The reason I ask is it just always bothered me saying shema or Asher Yatzar in bed. If there are no issues then I shouldn't be bothered....
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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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Are the passages following the blessings over the Torah always mandatory before prayer?

The Ashkenazi Artscroll Siddur, from which I learned most of my liturgical Judaism, has a page in the very early sections of שַחֲרִית for blessings over the Torah. These are blessings which it claims ...
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Can we recite “shehakol nihyeh bidvaro” over coffee and tea?

Can we recite "shehakol nihyeh bidvaro" over coffee and tea ? If not, what is the appropriate bracha ?
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What should one say if saved from danger?

For example, if one had a stone smash car glass while driving in a dangerous place, but was not hit himself?
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Where are we commanded to light candles Fri night? [duplicate]

The bracha for lighting candles Friday night is "who has sanctified us with his commandments and commanded us to light the lamp of Shabbat." What is the source for the commandment? While we are on ...
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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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Borei P'ri or Borei F'ri hagefen?

Have heard a few mizrahi recordings for qiddush and am noticing that some of them use borei f'ri hagefen. When i looked up Qiddush in my Egyptian siddur (Farhi Siddur) i noticed the Pei had no dagesh. ...
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Rule of “Borei Pri Ha'etz” on seeds - comparing apples and pomegranates

I am curious regarding the rule of the the bracha "borei pri ha'etz" regarding what the Talmud considers the actual "fruit" that one makes the bracha for. In comparing apples to pomegranates, here's ...
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Gratitude for relief from pain

According to the Orthodox Union website "No brachah is required either before or after taking medicine, even with water". Hopefully, after taking painkillers such as paracetamol, the pain which drove ...
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Is it disrespectful to say a blessing while the man reciting is without a shirt on the top? [duplicate]

If a situation making the man to take off his shirt (e.g. the weather is very hot), is it disrespectful if he said a blessing over bread, fruits, etc.... ?
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Who added on the words לאלתר לחיים טובים ולשלום to the greeting לשנה טובה תכתב ותחתם?

Orach Chaim 582:9 - The Rama brings in the name of the Tur that on Rosh Hashana one should bless his friend & family לשנה טובה תכתב. Be'er Hataiv says that one should say לשנה טובה תכתב ותחתם. ...
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כשם in the blessing at the end of the bris כשם שנכנס לברית כן יכנס לתורה לחופה ולמעשים טובים

At the end of the bris (circumcision) ceremony, the congregation wishes כשם שנכנס לברית כן יכנס לתורה לחופה ולמעשים טובים In the manner that he entered the bris, so shall he enter for Torah, the ...
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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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What is the blessing said over little plants' fruit?

There is a blessing over fruits of trees another blessing over fruits of the earth. Which blessing we should say over fruits of plants like strawberry ?
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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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Blessings for a new home

I recently bought a new house. I was wondering if there is a special blessing and other acts one can make for the new house? Maybe a special tehillim to read? (I've already installed the mezuzah, got ...
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Use of speaking “Baruch HaShem” in 1492 Spain

I am writing a play that takes place during the Spanish Inquisition. A Rabbi is walking home from the King's court and his belongings are tossed to the ground by hooligans. A young Spanish girl picks ...
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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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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 bread ...
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Wrong ברכת הנהנין during הבדלה: what now?

This evening (after Shabas in the nine days), I recited havdala over a cup of beer, as every year. I knew it was beer, but, by force of habit, recited "hagafen" (the wine benediction) over it during ...
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Can I make a Cohen bless me

I heard many times that a Cohen if obligated to bless once he is asked to. (That this is the reason the shliach tzibur says (calls) "kohamin" before birchas kohamin) Is this is true? If yes what is ...
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Losing concentration in the middle of the first blessing of Shemoneh Esrei

First, a little background information: According to halakhah, there are two types of berakhoth: "long" and "short." "Long" *berakhoth" are those that have a pethihah ("opening", i.e. "Barukh Atah ...
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Shehechiyanu for baby girl during the 3 weeks / 9 days

Someone recently mentioned to me that a bracha is made when a baby is born. For a boy, the bracha hatov vehameitiv is said, and for a girl the bracha is shehechianu. Is the shehechianu bracha for a ...