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Mishne Berurah (Biur Halacha 216:2 s.v. haMusk) writes that one should not deliberately smell nonkosher food out of concern that they may be tempted to eat it. He reiterates his position in regards to smelling Chametz on Pesach which is also assur bahana'ah and all year long people eat it that one may not smell it on Pesach. However, closing one's nose is ...


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The sefer Semeichim Leshomro asks if a person with BO may pray. The author answers: He may pray. The odor probably comes from a lack of washing, not from excrement. Since he is probably used to his own smell, based on the Mishna Brura (86:1), there wouldn't be a problem. But wait. It seems to me personally: This Mishna Brura implies the opposite: that ...


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As far as I know, your making an incorrect assumption about marijuana. However, assuming that you're correct in saying that smelling marijuana makes one feel good, then it should have the same rule as smelling 'tabak', a longstanding Jewish custom, which does not require a bracha. The Aruch Hashulchan (216:4) explains that smelling something for an ...


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Orach Chaim 297:5 - one who can not smell skips the Bracha of Borei Minei Besamim, unless he is being Motzi small children or ones who do not know how to make the Bracha.


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Rav Shlomo Zalman Aurbach contended that no bracha should be made on synthetic smells. However, most poskim disagreed and said that these smells warrant the standard bracha of Borei Minei Vesamim. Source


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This list, compiled by R' Shimon Buchnik (a Sephardi rav in Chashmonaim) says one should recite "עצי בשמים" on thyme (בת קורנית), as you suggest. However, this source (from R' David Lau) says that the custom is to recite "עשבי בשמים" on thyme1 even though he says that one would think you should recite "מיני בשמים". Reiach HaSadeh (by R' Hanoch Slatin, p. ...


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The Artscroll machzor says it's because we get no "extra soul" on Yom Kipur as we do on Shabas, so one doesn't need to b'samim to "assuage oneself" (their words) for the extra soul's loss when it leaves.


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From here: 1)One who recites a Bracha on a pleasant smelling item and puts it down with the intent of not smelling it anymore, and then wants to smell it again , must recite a new Bracha, as the intent to put it away is considered an interruption (Hesech Hada'as) If, however, his/her intent was indeed to pick it up again soon and smell it again, no ...


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The issue is whether the smell bothers you, and will ruin your concentration. Eruvin 65a says that R. Samuel did not pray in a house that contained beer, because the smell bothered him. And R. Papa did not pray in a house that contained fish. So, if your BO isn't gross to you, it shouldn't be a problem.


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The Shulchan Aruch (OC 614:1) rules: אסור לסוך אפילו מקצת גופו, ואפילו אינו אלא להעביר הזוהמא It is forbidden to anoint even a part of ones body, even if it is only to remove bad filth/odor/?. This site cites Rav Elyashiv as recommending against spray deodorant because it is a "cosmetic", implying that on a more basic level it should be permitted. ...


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The primary source is the in Gemara in Bietza 23a which discusses Molid Re'ech - creating a smell on an object. Rashi (D'Ka Molid) there explains that it's a Rabbinic prohibition; it's similar to doing work. This does not apply to food items, according to most Poskim - and according to how we Pasken. The earlier Poskim argue if this applies to the body. ...


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Rashi says the Neshama Yeseira is so we can eat more. On Yom Kippur we don't eat! (But according to Rashi, what about other yomtov ...)


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Tosfos in Pesachim asks why do we not use Besamim in Havdala which is recited in the Kiddush on Yom Tov which immediately follows Shabbos? Rabbi Frand answers by quoting the Avnei Neizer who states that there is a Neshoma Yiseira on Yom Tov and therefore we do not smell Besamim in Havdala after Yom Tov? Since the Neshama Yiseira does not depart after Yom ...


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After a Correspondence with Rabbi Belsky he said that the Brocho is Nosson Reiach Tov Lapri. It seems Reb Yitzchak Yosef agrees(Yalkut Yosef 216:7) as does Ginas Veradim 1:42. But the Ketzos Hashulchan 62:9 in Badei Hashulchan both agree mith Mekubal and say its Minie Bsamin. Source


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The brakha should be minei b'samim. In short we don't make aitz or atsbei on fruit or mixtures of spices. If you really want to collect brakhot you could also hunt up some hadas and some basil and do all three.


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The Kaf Hachayim on Yore Deah 108:70 and Darkei Teshuva 108:102 conclude that one may not smell those things that are Assur Behana'ah, but one may smell things that are only Assur Ba'achilah.


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Another question on this site asks about whether or not one makes a bracha of marijuana. Most people who I've spoken to have told me that it smells terrible, or at least the smell is not pleasant in and of itself. (This is also the conclusion of this author , and one paper for the journal of clinical psychology assumes that it's reasonably close to the ...


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Yeshiva.org.il Ask the Rabbi writes: Both opinions are mentioned. I personally use besamim. On Motzei Shabbat which is yom tov, no besamim are used since the bessamim "revive " us from the shock of losing our elevated status (neshama yetara), but the joy of yom tov makes this unnecessary. Chol Hamoed also has joy, but not to the same degree. ...


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The question starts with when you can fulfil someone else's obligation by saying a blessing for them. The Rambam (Brachot 1:10) writes (based on Bavli RH 29): כל הברכות כולן, אף על פי שבירך ויצא ידי חובתו, מותר לו לברך לאחרים שלא יצאו ידי חובתן, כדי להוציאן--חוץ מברכת ההניה שאין בה מצוה, שאינו מברך לאחרים אלא אם כן נהנה עימהן. אבל ברכת ההניה שיש בה ...


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From what I see online (here and here): Yes. Don't know about the second half, probably depends which way gives a stronger smell...


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Rav Sternbuch in Tshuvos Vnhanhagos 2:134 brings down that there were gedolim who didn't do besamim by havadalah because of Hanaah(pleasure) problems for bracha.This also comes from the gemara in brachos 53 and Rishonim.


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I'm no posek, but my guess would be that no bracha should be made. The Shulchan Aruch (217:2-3) writes, based on the Gemara (Brachos 51b), that one only makes a bracha on something that were made for the purpose of smelling nice, and not for smells that were added to something that has a primary purpose other than mere smelling. Even something meant to be ...


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I found this "Ultra Regeneration Serum" via Amazon. It costs $83.99 per bottle and claims to contain "Commiphora Gileadensis Bud Extract- (Balm of Gilead)." However, its description mentions "Balm of Gilead from the balsam poplar tree," and the balsam poplar tree is Populus balsamifera, which is a North American species and distinct from the Middle Eastern ...


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It seems that others identify Michvar as Machaerus, site of a Hasmonean and later Herodian fortress, mentioned by Josephus, whose remnants are still extant. That's a lot closer to Jerusalem - about 28 miles as the crow flies. Granted, that's still twice as far as Jericho, but since about a third of that distance is over the Dead Sea, maybe indeed that would ...


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The bracha on smelling Rose water is borei atzei besamim (Orach Chaim 216:3). Rose water is produced via condensed steam as discussed http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_water


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Without addressing your specific examples, the answer is: Yes, you can say a bracha on burning incense, but only once the pillar of smoke rises up from the burnt spices (Shulchan Arukh OC 216:12). You say whatever blessing you would have said on the spices themselves (ibid. :13).


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It's in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch - in סימן נח - דין ברכת הריח. סעיף א': כְּשֵׁם שֶׁאָסוּר לְאָדָם לֵהָנוֹת מִמַּאֲכָל אוֹ מַשְׁקֶה קֹדֶם שֶׁיְבָרֵךְ, כָּךְ אָסוּר לוֹ לֵהָנוֹת מֵרֵיחַ טוֹב קֹדֶם שֶׁיְבָרֵךְ, עָלָיו, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר, כָּל הַנְּשָׁמָה תְּהַלֵּל יָה. אֵיזֶהוּ דָּבָר שֶׁהַנְּשָׁמָה נֶהֱנֵית מִמֶּנּוּ וְאֵין הַגּוּף נֶהֱנֶה מִמֶּנּוּ. הֱוֵי ...


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Rabbi Shmuel Pinchas Gelbard says this is done for the love of the Mitzva כמו כן יש נוהגים להריח את השעווה לאחר כיבוי הנר, וזאת משום חיבוב מצווה


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Being that these spices are processed for cooking, not smelling, its quite possible that one should not make a blessing. See Mishna Berurah siman 217 #2.


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Shulchan Aruch 216,1 writes that one can make a bracha only on pleasant aromas. There is some question as to whether the smell of marijuana is particularly pleasant (both fresh or burnt) and this may depend on the particular variety. Many describe it as skunk like or reminiscent of body odor and, if so, it cannot be used for besamim. If the smell is ...



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