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

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Why aren't some the daily brachot made only once in a lifetime?

some of the daily blessings such as thanking God for not making me a non-Jew or (in my case) a woman seem to be things which one would only make a blessing for once in a lifetime. Why are they made ...
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Beracha for public haannukah lighting

My office wants to light Hanukah candles. Who should/can light the candles? Beracha?
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What b'racha do you say on seeing the Aurora Borealis (if any)?

If one is so lucky as to see the Aurora Borealis (northern lights) or its southern equivalent, does one say a b'racha? If so which one? I've heard that oseh ma'aseh v'reishit applies to comets and ...
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Tasting food whilst cooking

Under what conditions does one say a beracha upon tasting food which one is cooking? For some foods there may be a point during cooking, before which, the food would be considered inedible e.g. pasta, ...
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Is there a bracha for hail, for snow?

Is there a bracha for hail, for snow? Is the blessing for hail the same as the one for thunder? As the one for lightning? If I understand correctly, oseh maaseh beresheet is for lighting, hurricane, ...
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Is there a blessing on anointing?

Based on this question and the ensuant discussion, I would like to know if a person makes a blessing upon anointing himself for pleasure. If not, why not?
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Why is it called Berachah Me'Ein Shalosh, and not Arba'?

Why is the blessing recited after eating the 7 Species of Israel called Berachah Me'Ein Shalosh, (one that is equivalent to three) and not Berachah Me'Ein Arba' (one that is equivalent to four)? The ...
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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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Are corn chips mazonot? [closed]

On Chanukah this year we will make a blessing on wine and then having latkas, etc.. I am looking for something mazonot to serve after the wine bracha which is not sweet. We are not making Hamotzi. Are ...
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Source for pairing l'chaim with alcohol?

What is the source or reason that a l'chaim is often said over a drink of alcohol instead of any other beverage, or over other foods, or even over no food at all?
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Who says צִוָּה vs. צַוֵּה at a b'ris?

The passage "על כן בשכר זאת קל חי חלקנו צורנו צוה להציל ידידות שארנו משחת" is part of one of the blessings recited at a b'ris mila. Pische S'shuva (Yore Dea 265:4) cites a difference of opinion as to ...
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Beracha on washing hands in a natural body of water

Does one recite a different beracha when immersing ones hand in a natural body of water directly? I vaguely remember that there is a beracha of "על טבילת ידים" although I'm unsure.
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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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Amen to another's blessing while you are in the middle of a verse containing a curse

Sometimes it happens that you find yourself in the middle of a posuk containg a curse - for example Dvarim 11:17 And the wrath of the Lord will be kindled against you, and He will close off the ...
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Should you say a blessing on diet soda used to swallow a pill?

The halacha is that you should only say a bracha on water if you're thirsty. All the seforim I've read agree on the following: if you're not thirsty, but you drink water in order to swallow a pill, ...
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Taking a pill together with a food

Suppose someone is not able to swallow pills. What doctors will tell them to do is put the pill in something like applesauce or pudding in order to swallow the pill. In such a case, should the person ...
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Bracha on breastmilk?

Should a child old enough to make brachos who is not weaned be encouraged to make a bracha on breastmilk? If so which one? Are there any direct sources for this?
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Why Doesn't Rasag Mention Olives In The Five Fruits From Eretz Yisrael?

In his siddur, Rav Sa`adya haGaon (Rasa"g) mentions only four of the five species of peroth ha-ilan which are special to Eress Yisrael, leaving out zethim ("olives"). He does so in two places. ...
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All the many, many details

I understand a number of reasons why the Jewish community keeps so many rules to the level of minutiae. But why SUCH a level of intricacy in some of these laws? I looked through a large book on the ...
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Earliest source for “Baruch Hu U'Baruch Sh'mo”

What is the earliest source for saying "Baruch Hu U'Baruch Shmo" when hearing someone say the Name of HaShem in a blessing?
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Ein mearvim simcha besimcha - two shevah brochos in one meal

I would like to hear of any sources or issues with conducting two shevah brachos (for two couples) at the same meals: Would it be assur because of "ein Mearvin" How would it be done practically. ...
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Order of blessing children on Erev Shabbos

When blessing children on erev Shabbos, is there a correct or preferred order (oldest to youngest, boys first or girls), or may parents decide however they like? If there is not a correct order, can ...
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What is wrong with asking the angels for a blessing in Shalom Aleichem?

In the artscroll zemiros book they mention that the Gra and Rav Emden either did not say or modified the shabbat song Shalom Aleichem because there is a stanza which requests that the angels bless us. ...
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What is the shitah of the Rambam regarding mevarekh mossi havero [מברך מוציא חברו]?

Before asking the question, I need to give some background information: The Rambam in Hilkhoth Berakhoth 1:11 says, כָּל הַשּׁוֹמֵעַ בְּרָכָה מִן הַבְּרָכוֹת מִתְּחִלָּתָהּ וְעַד סוֹפָהּ, ...
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Should I say the morning blessing on head covering even if I don't cover my head?

Should unmarried women--and all those who do not cover their heads for whatever reason--still say the morning blessing "otayr yisro-ayl b'siforo" ("Who crowns Israel with splendor"), referring to head ...
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Why no blessing for husband/father on Erev Shabbos?

The traditional Erev Shabbos seder includes brachos for the children as well as eishes chayil (which is frequently interpreted as an ode to mothers and wives, although I acknowledge that it was ...
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What should one do with hot coffee during a meal? [duplicate]

Say one finished a meal consisting of bread and poured oneself a hot cup of coffee. This person wants to get up and go to a different room or outside but needs to bench for the bread. Do you say ...
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What is the difference between (for example) “notein” and “hanotein”?

I was looking through the brachot this morning. Many are structured as identifying hashem as "one who __" such as "matir assurim" or "oteir yisro'el btif'arah." But the final three add in the letter ...
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Leaving the sukkah when it rains, making a bracha upon returning

Someone had started eating in a sukkah (and made a "leishev") then after some time it started to rain. They moved into their house and waited then for the rain to stop. When the rain stopped they ...
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Being yotzee a bracha while only having intention from the middle?

Someone was making havdallah and another person was there who decided to not have kavana (intention) to fufill their obligation of the aish (fire) part of havdallah with that person. In the middle of ...
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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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Esrog left under bed

Can one make a bracha on shaking an esrog left under a bed which a person sleeps on? (Yoreh Deah 116:5 says liquids and cooked foods placed under beds get ruach ra attached to them.)
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Why do we not use the original language of בִּרְכַּת הַמִּינִים?

The language we currently use in the amidah for בִּרְכַּת הַמִּינִים is different from that found in the earliest siddurim. The gemarah (Berachot 40b) teaches us that "If one alters the formula laid ...
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Tizku L'Shanim Rabot tovot v'umot?

I was wished this blessing today by a Spanish/Portuguese-descended friend. What is the last word and, by extension, what does the entire phrase mean? My friend did not know, but he said it was a ...
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Is the Beracha Aharona independent of the Beracha Rishona?

If someone has a Kezayit of cake, for example, and he finishes it without having blessed before eating it, does he make an after-blessing?
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Does a married woman have to cover her hair to make a bracha?

When making a bracha with shem u'malchut, one should not have erva (nakedness) exposed. For married women, their hair is considered to be erva. So does a woman who is married have to cover her hair ...
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Should I wait for the prayer leader to say “Yishtabach” after “Pesukei dezimrah”?

“Yishtabach” is the closing blessing of the “Pesukei dezimrah”. If a worshipper has concluded the pesukei dezimrah, should he wait to say Yishtabach with the prayer leader or should he say it ...
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Re-reciting morning Berachoth

If someone recites the morning Berachoth, are they also situational Berachoth that might require one to re-recite them in a certain situation? Some are definitely regarded as situational, and some ...
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Biting food without intent to eat

If you bite food without intent to chew and eat it, do you need to make a bracha?
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Niagara Falls does it require a Bracha if so which one?

Do you make a bracha when seeing Niagara falls, and, if a bracha is made, which bracha?
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“שליט״א” only for certain people

Living people sometimes have "שליט״א" added after their respective names. This means, roughly, "may he live a good, long life". That seems like a nice blessing for anyone; yet, in my experience, only ...
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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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Do you have a say in the order of the food you eat?

As a kid I learned that if you have foods with different brachos in front of you, you should make the bracha on the more important food first, like say mezonos over haetz. My question is how far do we ...
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Is the bracha pronounced “ha-MO-tzee” or “ha-mo-TZEE”?

The blessing we say on bread, "hamotzee lechem min ha'aretz" -- on what syllable is the stress in the word "hamotzee"? Is the bracha pronounced "ha-MO-tzee" or "ha-mo-TZEE"? In Psalms 104:14 we find ...
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Why is the beracha acharona for bread the longest?

On grains, wine and fruits we say a short paragraph, Al Hamichya. On Shechakol we say Borey Nefashot. But for bread we say a whole prayer, 5 minutes worth--even though meals lacking bread can be ...
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Formulation of blessing on individual tithes

When separating all the relevant tithes from one's produce, one can include all the various obligations in one collective blessing before the entire process (Tosefta Brachot 6:19 (note variant ...
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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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Making a bracha for someone else, can then use for one's self?

Consider the following 2 situations: Reuvan is unable to make kiddush and has asked Shimon (who already made kiddush for himself) to make kiddush for him (Reuvan). Shimon, however, says he can't ...
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Blessing on a food or a drink first?

If someone has in front of them a food and drink that the bracha (blessing) of both is shehakol which one should he make a blessing on first? Assuming that he doesn't prefer one over the other. Is ...
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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?