4 of the 5 senses explicitly have berachos:

Taste- Shehakol food, blessings on fruits & vegetables etc (see: OC 202-207)

Smell- Pleasant fragrances (OC 216)

Hearing- Thunder (MB 227:5)

Seeing- Comet/ Shooting star (OC 227:1), Rainbow (OC 229:1)

Touch - ??

The closest I could think of would be "taking of the lulav etc" (OC 651:1)-- but that's taking, one wouldn't fulfill their obligation if they just touched a lulav.

Are there any berachos for touching something?

  • As in, a “pleasure” Beracha? Or from your example of lulav, would you count any Beracha? As in, would you count על נטילת ידים? – DonielF May 6 at 19:02
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    Is a bracha in the mikvah on the touching of water? (or, for that matter, netillat yadayim in general) – rosends May 6 at 19:56
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    Tefillin have to touch your skin. – Heshy May 6 at 22:22
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    Smichas hakorban – sam May 7 at 17:36

R. Bachya (1255–1340) in Kad Ha-Kemach (Kitvei R. Bachya, Chavel ed., p. 166) writes:

חוש המישוש לא תיקנו עליו ברכה לפי שאין לחוש הזה חלק בשכל כי כולו גופני היפך השכל

The sense of touch has no brachot instituted for it, because this sense has no part in the intellect but is entirely physical, the opposite of the intellect.

On the other hand, R. Immanuel Chai Rikki (1688-1743) writes (Hon Ashir, beginning of Brachot) that the 7 blessings recited under the chuppah to permit a bride to her husband are brachot on the sense of touch.

  • Honestly, I can't really follow how tasting or smelling are intellectual – Kazi bácsi May 21 at 17:43
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    Could be that anything part of the head is considered intellect ,hands are a separate entity – sam May 21 at 17:49
  • @Kazibácsi see Moreh Nevuchim 2:36: כללו של דבר כל חוש המישוש אשר ביאר אריסטו בספר המידות ואמר כי החוש הזה חרפה הוא לנו, וכמה יפה מה שאמר וכמה נכון שהוא חרפה, לפי שהוא לנו מחמת היותנו בעלי חיים לא יותר, כשאר הבהמות, ואין בו מאומה מענין האנושיות. אבל שאר התענוגות החושיים כגון הריח והשמע והראות, הרי אף על פי שהם גופניים אפשר למצוא בהם אי פעם הנאה לאדם מצד היותו אדם כפי שביאר את זה אריסטו. daat.ac.il/daat/mahshevt/more/b13-2.htm#1 – wfb May 21 at 18:03
  • @wfb You may add the relevant part of the translation: en.wikisource.org/wiki/… – Kazi bácsi May 21 at 18:25

It is already noted in the other answer that Rabbeinu Bachya answers this question in his Kad Ha'Kemach. However, he also address this question in his Shulchan Shel Arbah where he writes that the reason why a bracha over touch isn't recited is because the sense of touch is already included in the sense of taste.

see Nedarim 49b for a proof to this idea that touching is included in tasting.(Otzar Palos HaTorah)


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  • Hopefully that’s not applicable to Yom Kippur 😅 – alicht Jun 18 at 3:40

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