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

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Does the flow of Divine goodness from a Bracha flow upwards or horizontally?

In short: I once read an explanation of Ramchal that HaShem didn't create the world for His own benefit, because He doesn't need anything, so all that He had created has been created for 'another'. A ...
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Is there a blessing for destroying avodah zarah?

It is a positive commandment to destroy, preferably by fire, false deities. It is a positive commandment to destroy false deities, all their accessories, and everything that is made for their ...
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Source Midrash - why the first letter of the Tenach is a Bet

What's the source of the Midrash that talks about the reason why the letter Bet was chosen as the first letter of the Tenach and not the Alef? The reason being given in this Midrash is that it is ...
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Is there a minimum amount of urine that is considered “Going to the bathroom” for the purpose of making a blessing?

After eating food or drinking beverage, we say a blessing; however, this is only the case if some minimum amount of food or beverage has been consumed. Likewise, after going to the bathroom, we say a ...
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Saying Baruch Sheim out loud on a bracha

Inspired by this question. We know (Pesachim 56b) that Baruch Sheim, at least according to one explanation, is a tefillah Moshe heard from the Malachim. Thus, we only say it out loud when we're on ...
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What does a bracha do?

What does a bracha do? It isn't a spell, some magical utterance, or words with power that realise everything one tells. Is it something to changes G-ds mind, will or emotions in order to gain or ...
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Rules for counting the Omer with a bracha if one cannot say arvit on a flight through Greenland

In the summer on flights from the US to Europe and Israel (when flying north through Greenland), there are situations where one cannot say arvit (the evening's prayer) because it never becomes night ...
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Barach v.s. Kalal/Arar

Bereshit 12:3 spreaks about: 'va.a.var.cha m'va.ra.chey.cha u.me.ka.lel.cha a.or' While in Devarim 30:19 it states: 'ha.be.ra.cha v'hak.la.la'. Are kalal and arar the same thing? As both seem to be ...
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How can something negative be a blessing?

Ya'akov calls out for his sons to come to him, in order to tell them what would happen in the acharit hayamim. From Bereshit 49 verse 28 we learn that Ya'akov gave the tribes a bracha (blessing). But ...
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Be a blessing; what does it mean

In Bereshit (Genesis) 12:2 HaShem tells Avraham that he should be a blessing: V'heyeh Bracha: וֶהְיֵה, בְּרָכָה But what does it mean that someone is a blessing? Isn't all blessing from HaShem, the ...
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Why do we make a blessing on the blossoming of fruit trees (birkat hailanot)?

What is the reason that we make a blessing on fruit trees which are about to blossom, known as birkat hailanot? Is there something unique about the potential blossoming of fruit trees versus any other ...
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Do you have to hear the morning blessings of the next minyan before leaving synagogue?

A minyan has just finished davenning and its participants are leaving. The next minyan is starting saying the morning blessings. Is there any obligation of the departing people to hear all the ...
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What Bracha did they make on the Mahn?

Did the Jews make a Bracha on eating the Mahn? Which Bracha did they make?
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What's a common blessing given to people at a bar mitzvah?

What is a common blessing given to the bar mitzvah boy when attending his bar mitzvah? What is a common blessing given to the friends and family of the bar mitzvah boy when attending a bar mitzvah?
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Wedding Blessings (Sheva Brachot)

There appears to be an uproar in "right leaning" circles caused by a bride and groom reciting the last 2 of the 7 blessings traditionally recited under a chuppah together. I have two questions about ...
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What is the function of “Eloheinu” in blessings?

Many blessings open with the familiar formula: ברוך אתה יהוה אלהינו מלך העולם In additions, many blessings close with the familiar shorter formula: ברוך אתה יהוה Now, we know (Berakhot ...
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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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Saying Hamapil after Alos Hashachar

If one was up all night and went to sleep after Alos Hashachar does one still say Hamapil?
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Is there an obligation to Count the Omer without a Bracha?

If I forgot to count at night and during the day, I cannot continue to count with a bracha. This was formulated in my Dirshu Daf HaYomi B'Halacha email as follows: The Mechaber writes that one who ...
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Al ha-eitz for flavorings/garnishes

Let's say I eat a salad that has a few pomegranate seeds sprinkled on top. Do I make al Ha-eitz afterward? Do I then make borei n'fashos, or does the al ha-eitz cover the whole salad? What if it's ...
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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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The chassan giving berachos on the day of his wedding [duplicate]

I heard from someone that the chasan - on the day of his chuppah - can give unmarried bochurim a berachah to find a shidduch. Is there a source for this?
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Why “Hamotzi Lechem” instead of “Hamotzi Chitah”?

A bread question in time for Pesach! The words to the blessing over bread are: בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' אֱלֹקינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, הַמּוֹצִיא לֶחֶם מִן הָאָרֶץ which ends with "...who brings forth ...
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Do brachot speak of time or place?

In the formulation of a bracha we use the words "melech ha'olam" which is translated as "king of the universe" (Koren and Artscroll). But "olam" is used through tanach as "forever" (or at least a long ...
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Is olive oil unhealthy?

The Gemara in Brachot 35b says that the proper bracha on pure olive oil is "Borei Peri HaEtz". However, it says that this refers to when you mixed the oil with some אניגרון which Prof Marcus Jastrow ...
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No Blessing on marital relations?

Yebamoth 61b discusses the positive commandment of being fruitful and multiplying. As far as I am aware, one makes no blessing before intercourse. why not? Please cite sources!
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Halachic definition of “full” (sated)

I was reading this: After the fact (if one ate between 8 Kezayitim and a definite meal), if one is not full make Al HaMichya and if one is full make Birkat HaMazon, yet, in such a case it’s ...
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Is there a special bracha or prayer that one can say when receiving a life-changing implant?

A deaf person cannot fulfill mitzvoth that specifically require hearing, such as Shofar. If that person receives a cochlear implant so that he can now hear, other than, most likely saying "Hatov ...
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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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Should one use the holiday/shabbat greetings that are common in his neighborhood or can he/she stick with his custom?

Sefardim say Shabbat Shallom and Chag Samayach; Ashkenazim say Gut Shabbos and Gut Yontif. May one keep his own greetings when living in a community that is predominately of a different descent (for ...
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Does a sotah make a bracha?

Before drinking the sotah water does the woman make a blessing? If so would it be shahakol or something else?
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Should a woman make a bracha before doing a non-required mitzvah?

I am thinking of mitzvot like Counting the omer Lulav and esrog ...which are not technically required of women--but women are allowed to do them--and which are preceded by brachos of the form "... ...
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May women say prayers aloud in the presence of men?

Is there a tznius (or any other) issue with women saying blessings and/or prayers aloud in the presence of unrelated men? I remember hearing that certain inyonim (perhaps kol isha?) do not apply if ...
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Why does the Shulchan Aruch say to make a bracha on Hallel Pesach Night?

In Shulchan Oruch Orach Chayim Siman 487 Sif 4 it is brought the minhag of saying Hallel in shul the first night of Pesach בליל ראשון של פסח גומרים את ההלל בצבור בנעימה בברכה תחלה וסוף ובן בליל ...
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Hefsek in being yotzei besamim in havdallah

This past motzei Shabbos, in the Shul where I davened, there were a number of young men who were lining up to be included in the communal havdallah done at the end of Maariv. The person making ...
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If you put up a mezuzah before 30 days, can you make a blessing?

I am referring above all to mezuzahs placed on rented spaces in the Diaspora before 30 days have elapsed. In the case of a rented space outside Eretz Yisroel, mezuzah does not become an obligation ...
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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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New fruit for second-night Shehecheyanu on holidays other than Rosh Hashanah

I know that we are supposed to eat a new fruit after saying the Shehechyanu on the second evening of Rosh Hashanah, because there is some doubt about whether that blessing needs to be made for the ...
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Blessing on Star Anise

Star anise is technically the fruit of the evergreen tree Illicium verum. However, this fruit is not used as an edible fruit, only as a spice. What blessing do the authorities determine is the right ...
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Why are trees referred to in female form in ברכת האילנות?

On Nissan we say ברכת האילנות on blossoming fruit trees. The nusach of the bracha is: בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' אֱלֹקֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, שֶׁלֹּא חִסֵּר בָּעוֹלָמוֹ כְּלוּם, וּבָרָא בּוֹ בְּרִיּוֹת ...
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What is the connection of the blessing “Borei Nefashot” to the food actually eaten?

Birkat hamazon is said after eating bread. In the first paragraph, the word "lechem" - bread - is mentioned. The first paragraph, overall, thanks G-d for giving us food. "Me'en Shalosh" a shortened ...
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What happened to the Mugmar?

In Brochos Perek 6, Mishna 6 the Mugmar is mentioned in the context of who makes the Brocha for it. Commentaries explain that it is some sort of incense that was smelled after a meal. It would ...
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What to do when uncertain regarding a Bracha on dessert during a bread meal?

If you are having a bread-meal and you have dessert in front of you, but you are uncertain if the homotzie covered it - what do you do? Don't eat it? Eat it without a Bracha? Say shehakol (in the ...
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Are chips covered by Hamotzi?

Desserts that are eaten for taste and not for satiation require their own brachos during a meal: http://berachot.org/halacha/18_devarim.html When having a bread meal are chips (eaten at the end of a ...
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Are raisins considered one of the seven species for the purposes of prioritising brachot?

When prioritising brachot (for example before eating a fruit and nut mix) are raisins still considered one of the seven species, being made from grapes?
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Solution to eat more karpas [closed]

Based on this answer, the reason not to eat a kezayit of karpas is because of a safek whether you would have to make a borei nefashot if you do. if maror is covered by hamotzi, then the haadama on ...
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Are there any limitations for an inclusion blessing?

There is a rule that if you are eating multiple items that are in the same blessing category (e.g. shehakol) then you only say one blessing and have in mind the other items. Does this inclusion have ...
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who makes brocha by bar mitzva if no dad?

If someone's father passed away, who makes the brocha of baruch shepotrani when he gets his aliya at the torah by his bar mitzva?
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Hefsek (interruption) between the blessing on food and eating the food

Is it considered a hefsek to play with one's fingers or silverware or such while waiting for the challah to be passed around on shabbat, after the blessing made on it? Even though it isn't talking, it ...