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

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Meaning and Difference between baruch and bar'chu

I'm sorry, I don't know a word of Hebrew, and I really want to know what these sentences mean: Bar'chu et Adonai ham'vorach l'olam vaed Baruch atah Adonai If I didn't write them correctly, ...
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Rainbow, telling a friend

We know The rainbow is a bad Omen. Is one allowed to tell a friend when he sees one, in order to allow him to make a Bracha or should he hold back as it is a bad sign?
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Do bananas make the best karpas?

For karpas at the seder, one is supposed to eat a food on which the blessing "borei pri ha'adama" is made. However, many of the most commonly used food items for karpas (e.g. parsley, raw onion, raw ...
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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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How to say mizonos first on an ice cream cone

Normally when faced with eating two foods where one takes a "mizonos" blessing for grain products, and another takes an all-encompassing "shehakol" blessing, we try to eat the mizonos food first. How ...
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Breakfast cereal brachot

Is there a reliable on-line source for finding the brerachot for commercially prepared breakfast cereals?
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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 bracha do you make on veggie straws?

Veggie straws are pretty popular food items, now. They're non-GMO, no trans-fat, and a whole bunch of other good stuffs. They're also certified kosher by the OU. What bracha should one snacking on ...
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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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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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Jewish responses to a sneeze

I have heard la'briut and gezuntheit, and a Sephardic (Lebanese) Jew recently taught me 'tai-shi'. What are other words or phrases which are used to respond when someone sneezes?
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Meaning of 5th of the Sheva Brachos

One of the Sheva Brachos we say is: שמח תשמח רעים האהובים, כשמחך יצירך בגן עדן מקדם. ברוך אתה ה', משמח חתן וכלה.‏ Grant perfect joy to these loving companions, as you did your creations in ...
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What bracha do we say on mashed potatoes?

What bracha do we say on mashed potatoes? Does it matter how mashed etc.? I am thinking that it will be either Hadoma or Shehakol, and it does depend on how mashed, but these are just wild guesses. ...
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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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What bracha is made on Seaweed?

If seaweed would be eaten by itself, what bracha is made on it? It's defined as, "Large algae growing in the sea or on rocks below the high-water mark." See Wikipedia here for more. It's not ...
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Pesach Matzo Brochos Change

According to the Sefardim, why is the Brocho on Matzo Hamotzi on Pesach, if it's Mezonos the entire year? What changes? (for why mezonos a whole year see here)
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Beracha rishona after beracha acharona?

Someone ate a kizayit of food items that require a shehakol. He decided that he is done eating and said boreh nefashot. What should he do if he decides to go for another piece? Should he say another ...
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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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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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Specialized Al Hamichya for Eretz yIsrael “Al Michyatah” על מחייתה

We all know the special suffix for Eretz yIsrael products גפנה - "gafna" פירותיה - "peirotiha". Yesterday I saw על מחייתה "Al michyatah" in an Ashkenazi bencher, but I haven't seen that anywhere else ...
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What is the effect on me of saying amen?

I understand that if I hear another person make a bracha (and perhaps even if I don't actually hear it), I may? must? respond "amen". I also understand that saying "amen" can allow me to be yotzei ...
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"Oseh ma'aseh braishis” on a rainbow. Is this a brocho levatoloh?

Someone made the brocho of “oseh ma'aseh braishis” on a rainbow. Is this a brocho levatoloh? What sources deal with this issue please? (I have posed the shaaloh to my Rav.)
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How does “וקשרתם לאות” become “להניח תפלין”?

Every day, when donning my tefillin, I (being Ashkenazic) recite two b'rachos, the first one of which is אשר קדשנו במצוותיו וצונו להניח תפלין, said whilst I tie down the shel yad onto my bicep with ...
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Timing of Birchas Illonos

From when until when are you allowed to make the bracha,and what is optimum?
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Birth Bracha Question

What Bracha do you make on the birth of a child? What Bracha is made on a Boy? What Bracha on a Girl? When is this Bracha Made?
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What is the bracha for mushrooms?

What bracha do you make on mushrooms?
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Acher Kain Versus Acher Kach

It seems there are two Versions of Al Hanissim one says Kain one says Kach which one is right and what is the underlying logic for each?
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Bracha on smelling thyme?

I'd like to know what bracha to say on smelling thyme. Does it have סימני אילן as described in the helachos of borei pri haeitz? Biur Halacha on 216:3, "עצי בשמים", concludes that it needs to have ...
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Do brachos on seeing have to be made within four amos?

Is there any source that says that in order to make a bracha for seeing e.g., a sage of Israel, a sage of the nations, or an unusual animal, one must be within four amos of the person/thing? I found ...
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Where did Yitzchok pull out the blessing for Eisav from?

My paraphrased summary of Bereishit 27:30-39: Eisav comes in to get his blessing. Yitzchok tells him that he already gave the blessing away. Eisav says "bless me too!" Yitzchok says "Sorry, I'm ...
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Bracha on Potato Skin

Suppose I enjoy eating plain potato skins. What bracha would I make? As always, please cite your sources.
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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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Southern Birkas Ha'ilanos

I've seen Saying Mashiv HaRuach in the Southern Hemisphere. Similarly, is Birkas Ha'ilanos (ברכת האילנות) said in Tishrei in the southern hemisphere? That's when the trees bloom.
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Will a “lower” Berachah made MiSafek exempt a different food that requires that Berachah (and vice versa)?

Let's say you aren't sure which Berachah to make on a food before you eat it. Generally the rule of thumb is that you make the most specific Berachah that you know will capture the essence of that ...
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Humming as an interruption during Birkat Kohanim

Is the humming by the kohanim during birkat kohanim considered a hefsek of their bracha? Please be clear what halachik reasoning allows or disallows this humming.
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Beracha on lighting yom tov candles : before or after?

There are two minhagim concerning the time the beracha should be said on lighting yom tov candles for a woman, before or after (like shabbos neros). I've read arguments like these : before, because ...
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What is the source of the Birkat Habayit?

What is the source of the text of the Birkat Habayit: May this house be a place of happiness and health, of contentment, generosity and hope, a home of creativity and kindness. May those ...
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The blessing of Shehechiyanu

Is Bircat Shehechiyanu a bircat shevach (a blessing of praise)? If it is, why sometimes do we make the beracha before the event (or in some cases an action representing an event, such as putting up a ...
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Brachot on Tzitzit

As a continuation of this question (Tallit Katan and Tallit Brachot): My understanding is that when one takes off a Tallit Katan and then puts it back on, the bracha is not said again. What is the ...
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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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sameach vs. samach

Nusach S'farad, in the amida ("sh'mone esre") of holidays and Shabas, has "וְשַׂמַּח נַפְשֵׁינוּ בִּישׁוּעָתֶךָ" ("v'samach..."), but in sheva b'rachos it has "שַׂמֵּחַ תְּשַׂמַּח" ("sameach..."). ...
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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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B'rachah on Shiluach HaKen

In many, if not most, cases where we fulfill a positive commandment Chazal instituted a blessing (B'rachah) over fulfilling that command. Looking through Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 292, and other ...
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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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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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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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Someone said the closing Torah blessing instead of the opening one. What should he do?

A person who is called for an aliyah L'Torah said the closing blessing (אשר נתן) instead of the opening one (אשר בחר). He did say Barchu. Assuming that the Torah reader has not begun reading, which ...
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Why don't Kohanim and Levi'im thank Hashem for not making them regular Israelites?

As answers to Why don't we thank God for making us men/women? say, men thank Hashem for not making them a woman because the obligations or mitzvot that a man has is greater in number than that of ...
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Giving Blessings at a Wedding

I have noticed a custom among wedding-goers to receive blessings from the bride and the groom at weddings, usually when they come over to the new couple's table for well-wishing during the meal. Why ...
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Lechem Mishneh - Do both challot have to be touching?

When holding the Lechem Mishneh together while making the bracha - Do both challot have to be touching ? What if one challah was wrapped in cellophane or in a bag (yet held next to the other challah ...