For example, according to sefardim the bracha on matzo is mezonos (during the year), while it's hamotzi for Ashkenazim.

What are other differences between Ashkenazim and Sefardim with regards to Hilchos Brochos?

Oops: I forgot to mention that I was referring to Brochos related to food.

  • yydl: will you accept differences in the nussach haberachot for food berachot?
    – Double AA
    Commented May 24, 2012 at 6:02
  • @DoubleAA No. I'm really interested in cases like the example I gave (matzo)
    – yydl
    Commented May 24, 2012 at 21:11
  • Fair enough.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
    – Double AA
    Commented May 25, 2012 at 6:33
  • There's always, of course, הַגֶּפֶן and הַגָּפֶן
    – b a
    Commented Dec 30, 2012 at 21:39
  • @ba and נִהְיֶה vs נִהְיָה
    – Double AA
    Commented Dec 30, 2012 at 21:44

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This answer is to an earlier version of the question.

During havdala, Ashk'nazim say bore mine b'samim no matter what they smell (MB 297:1), whereas S'faradim say the appropriate b'racha for the particular thing they smell (Kaf Hachayim 297:31).


This answer is to an earlier version of the question.

Sefardim say a different bracha on Torah and Hallel ("al divrei torah"). Also, the women do not say brachos on mitzvos they're not obligated in.


1. (Cooked) Rice

Ashkenazim: A G-d fearing Jew will only eat rice within a meal. If he has no bread - he should say Shehakol. (Kitzur Sh.A 52:17)

Sefardim say Borei minei Mezonot on cooked rice. (Ben Ish Hai: Pinchas 17 [First year])

2. (Diluted) Wine

Askkenazim would say Borei Pri Hagafen as long as there is more than 1 part wine to 6 parts water && people are accustomed to drink their wine diluted to that extent. (Kitzur SH.A. 49:3)

Sefardim would say Borei Pri Hagefen only if their is a majority wine over water, && the mixture tastes like wine. (See Kaf Chaim 204 S.K. 31,33)

3. Sweet Bread/Challah

Flour which is kneaded with oil/honey/milk/egg/fruit juice but the majority of the liquid is still water (even though you can taste [the sweetness of] the friut juice(say)):

Ashkenazim would hold that this is considered bread (and does not have the status of Pat Haba-ah B'Kisnin) - so you would say Hamotzie on it. (see Kitzur Sh.A. 48:2]

Sefardim hold that as long as you can taste the fruit juice a little - it's Mezonot. (S.A 168:17)

[This, by the way was probably what @AdamMoshe was referring to in his answer]

NB: For all above I have used the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch with Piskei R. Mordechai Eliahu.

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    Except Aruch Hashulchan (208:21) and Mishna Berura (208:25) rule to say Mezonot on rice. And your conclusion about diluted wine is far from agreed upon, see revach.net/tefila/article.php?id=4065&style=print
    – Double AA
    Commented Dec 30, 2012 at 21:35
  • As I stated in my answer - I was just quoting the notes brought in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch with Piskei R. Mordechai Eliahu.. if you have that book - you could see it for yourself
    – Danield
    Commented Dec 30, 2012 at 21:39
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    I believe you, but this seems more like an answer about differences between the Kitzur and the Ben Ish Chai than one about Sephardim vs Ashkenazim.
    – Double AA
    Commented Dec 30, 2012 at 21:40

Regarding the bread rolls distributed on airplanes that are (possibly incorrectly) labeled as mezonos:

  • Sephardim may recite Borei Minei Mezonot
  • Ashkenazim should recite Ha-motzi Lechem Min Ha-aretz
  • see judaism.stackexchange.com/q/3248/732 Commented May 23, 2012 at 1:10
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    AdamMosheh: can you source this sweeping statement?
    – Double AA
    Commented May 23, 2012 at 1:14
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    The same is true for bagels. I'll try to look up sources later but this has to do with what constitutes motzi v. mezonot. In essence, it has to do with what % (any, or >50%) of a food is breadlike.
    – minhag
    Commented May 23, 2012 at 2:16

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