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

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Why are there two different forms of the mitzvah brachot (“l-” and “al”)?

Some mitzvah brachot are of the form ...vitzivanu "l'X" ("to X", infinitive verb), and others are of the form "al X" ("upon X", gerundive verb). I particularly noticed this during Sukkot with two ...
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Berachah and Aliyah

I've heard that while making the ברכה for his aliyah, the עולה should make it a point to not be looking at the ספר תורה but should be looking to the left. Where is the source for this?
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Why are the blessing(s) preceding the Haftarah printed and chanted with trope notes?

There is a reason that I placed the plural "s" in parentheses for my question. I noticed that only the blessings preceding the haftarah have trope notes. Since this is not part of the haftarah itself, ...
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What does an androginus or tumtum say in Birkot HaShachar?

Regarding the sex-dependant blessing shelo asani isha / she'asani kirtzono in the Birkot HaShachar, what does an androginus or a tumtum say? Do these people of ambiguous sex use the text normally used ...
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How come Sepharadim say “Boreh peri haGEFen” but “Shelo Asani AVed”

I think Hacham Ovadia has a footnote in Hazon Ovadia on Pesach (and probably elsewhere) in which he discusses why we don't use the pausal form of gafen instead of gefen. He writes (if i remember ...
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Do you make bircat Hamotzi on fried bread?

Poori is an Indian bread made from wheat flour that is fried so that the dough puffs up. It does not have your typical "tzurat hapas", at least when it's fully puffed up. (See What blessing is made on ...
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Holding a child during bentching,kiddush,havdallah

Is there any reason to say that its problematic to hold a child during bentching and so on... because one is thinking about not dropping what he is holding,like by Shmoneh Esrei (96:1) one should not ...
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bracha when snorkeling/diving underwater and seeing a strange animal

There is a bracha said when seeing strange animals (presumably on land and/or in the air). If you are under water and see a wondrous sea creature, do you 'think' the bracha, or mouth it, or do you ...
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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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Shehecheyanu at a Graduation

I recently attended a college graduation, and one of the parents decided to recite shehecheyanu to celebrate the occasion. I have never heard of someone doing this -- is there any basis for saying it? ...
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Bracha after terrifying experience?

Recently we had a scare when we couldn't find our 4-yr old son. For 30 minutes, we searched and panicked, called police and Hatzolah. Finally, it was discovered that our older daughter was with him ...
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Can a woman lead bentching/birchat hamazon?

Can a woman lead birchat hamazon if there are men that partook in the meal? Can they lead it if the men leave?
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Is asking for a blessing in his granary asking for a miracle?

The Gemara in Taanis 8b says: "Ein Berachah Metzuyah Ela b'Davar ha'Samuy Min ha'Ayin" (blessing is found only in an item which is hidden from the eye) One who enters his granary to measure ...
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Shalom Aleichem in Kiddush Levanah

Why do we say Shalom Aliechem in Kiddush Levanah? And what should one do if there are no other people around (or not enough people around)?
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What blessing is made on a taco, burrito, or plain flour tortilla?

My copy of "Guide to Blessings, The Brochos for Various Foods" compiled by Rabbi Naftali Hoffner (NCSY/OU) states that tortillas get the "Shehakol" blessing because they are made of maize (corn) ...
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The proper term for responding — “Boruch Dayan HaEmes” or just “Emes”?

When an an avel makes the brocha "Boruch Dayan HaEmes," the term is "HaEmes". However, I often hear people reply "Boruch Dayan Emes" when they hear news of a death. Is that a proper term or should ...
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Eat of its fruit

How can we say in Al Hamichyah ונאכל מפריה (eat of its fruit) after ובנה ירשלים (and you will rebuild Jerusalem) You are not allowed to grow trees in ירשלים?
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Who Commanded Us, and For What?

Whenever a Jew performs an activity that is mandated by the Torah, s/he recites the blessing that acknowledges God, "אשר קדשנו במצוותיו" (who sanctified us with his commandments), and who commanded us ...
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what does baruch atah Hashem mean?

most times, the beginning of a beracha is Baruch Atah Adonai, etc. which is usually translated as Blessed are You God, etc. what does it mean to say that God is blessed? (on the surface it implies ...
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Relationship between wearing a kippa and reciting a blessing

Before I started wearing a Kippa all the time, the people around me and I had the reflex to cover our head when saying the name of G-d or when reciting anything holy. Since the mitzvah is to wear it ...
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Amen for Recorded Brochos

Many times I listen to recorded Shiurim (lectures) where the speaker says a Brocho (usually Shehakol on a drink). Should one answer Amen to such Brochos?
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What if the tafel comes to hand first?

Although there are varying opinions among the acharonim, the common practice is that only one b'racha rishona is said before eating a mixture of two items that normally require different b'rachos, ...
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why does one make a brachah on a rabbinicaly ordained mitzvah? [duplicate]

why does one make a brachah on a rabbinicaly ordained mitzvah in the same manner as other mitzvas? for example chanukah candles... "Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who has ...
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Al Hamichya in one room and al hagefen in another room

If you eat cake in Room A and then proceed to drink wine in Room B both bracha achronas must be made in the rooms in which the food was eaten. Where and how do you make a bracha achrona. Here are the ...
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Why do we recite 'Borei Pri Ha'etz ' on grapes?

One thing I have always wondered is why we recite Ha'etz over grapes. First, grapes grow on a vine, so why do we say 'borei pri hagafen' only after the fruit has been processed. Second, grapes ...
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Herring and a Cracker

If I eat a piece of herring on a cracker, what bracha do I make? Do we say that I'm eating it for the herring therefore it's Shehakol or because I have a cracker do I make a Mezonos? As always, ...
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Making Shechiyanu on new Tefilin

If one purchases a new pair of Tefilin should he say Shechiyanu when he puts them on the first time? When is the Bracha said for those that say 2 Brachos, after the first Bracha of L'haniach Tefilin ...
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Should one say the blessing “borei minei besamim” on essential oils made exclusively from plant extracts?

Essential oils are useful for smooth skin and massage as well as aromatherapy. For those unfamiliar with what it is, please refer to this Article about essential oils. It is made primarily from ...
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A bread is made with exactly 50% whole wheat flour and 50% chickpea flour. Is the bracha hamotzi?

Wheat is one of the 5 grains, so that would qualify the bread to be hamotzi. Chickpea flour would make the bracha "shehakol". In this bread, there is no majority ingredient. So would the bracha be ...
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Miracle Blessing - Birchas HaGomel

When a miracle occurs to someone he makes a Bracha, HaGomel after Kriyas HaTorah. What does a lady do if a miracle occured to her? Does she say the Bracha or does she not? If she does then when does ...
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Blessing on Immersing Vessels to Purify Them

A Mikvah can be used to purify humans or certain vessels which have contracted ritual impurity (Rambam Mikvaot 1 (English)). When humans use the Mikvah to purify themselves they recite a blessing ...
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Does one make bracha “borei minei besamim” on incense or spice smoke?

I know that when you smell "raw" spices, you say "borei minei besamim". Can you make this bracha on the smokey smell when these spices are being burned? Some examples: If you burn an incense stick ...
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Making a shechayanu on clothing

When one buys a new article of clothing that a shechayanu would technically be made on, at what point is the bracha made? When the person purchases it? Or when they wear it for the first time?
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Does the greeting “Good Yom Tov” contain a redundancy?

Does the greeting "Good Yom Tov" contain a redundancy? Doesn't "Yom Tov" mean "Good day"? So you are saying "Good good day?"
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How soon do you have to make an asher yatzar?

How soon after using the bathroom must one make an asher yatzar bracha? For example after going to the gym and using the bathroom can you take a shower or do you need to first exit the bathroom area, ...
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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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What beracha acharona when ikar less than kezayit?

If you have an ikar (main) and tofel (secondary) mixture where the ikar is less than a kizayit but the entire mixture is greater than a kizayit, do you still make a beracha acharona on the ikar? Or ...
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Procedure for Brachos Achronos

Let's say one says borei ha'adamah or ha'eitz and eats at least a kezayis of a fruit or vegetable, but is not yet full. Then, the person decides that he or she wants to eat bread. Is the proper ...
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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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New Al Netilas Yadayim after washing after Defecating During Meal

Should one make a new bracha of al netilas yadayim upon washing his hands after defecating within a meal?
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Al Hamichyah - Wide land?

In the Brocho after eating grains which are not bread we say: על ארץ חמדה טובה ורחבה Translated very loosely as: On the Land (ISRAEL) that is desirable good and WIDE. Now, anyone with a ...
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The blessing for 600,000 Jews

The Gemara (Berakhot 58b) mentions that upon seeing 600,000 Jews one says the blessing "Baruch...Chacham HaRazim" (Who knows all secrets), and this is halacha (Sh.A. O.C. 224:5). Does any know of any ...
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Should a chazan who missed a day count the omer with a b'racha?

In general, someone who misses a complete day's counting the omer continues to count without preceding his count with the b'racha (benediction) normally recited for the mitzva of counting. (In fact ...
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Can someone who possibly already did a mitzva cover another such person with the b'racha?

As codified in Mishna B'rura 592 and elsewhere, we allow someone who has already fulfilled a mitzva to exempt another in the b'racha recited for it — though we try to avoid it where feasible. ...
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What is a Literal Translation of Asher Yatzar?

I have two similar English translations of Asher Yatzar. They both have something to the effect of "many orifices and cavities." However, the Hebrew for these two is ,נקבים נקבים חלולים חלולים. What ...
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Last time for Kiddush Levanah

How can I calculate the last possible time to say Kiddush Levanah for a given month?
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What bracha would the fruit of a parasitic plant be? (Or the plant itself.)

Parasitic plants do not grow in the ground, instead they grow on other plants. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parasitic_plant List of examples: http://www.parasiticplants.siu.edu/ParasiteFood.html ...
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What blessing is recited on grape juice from concentrate?

What blessing is recited on grape juice from concentrate? Does the addition of the water to the concentrate (usually 3 to 1) change the status of the grape juice to "too diluted" to require Borei Pri ...
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Counting Omer - yesterday was the day before today

If someone asks me which night of the Omer it is tonight, and I answer by telling them that last night was the night before the 5th night (on the 5th night), can I still count with a blessing? ...
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קִדְשָנוּ versus קְדִשָנוּ

I've noticed a very common mistake that surfaces when people say Birchas HaMitzvos out loud. Instead of saying אשר קִדְשָנוּ במצותיו (kee-di-shu-noo) as written in all Siddurim, many people pronounce ...