After the death of a close relative and before the burial (or the cessation of involvement with the body) one is in a stage of Aninut. During that time, one is exempted (or even forbidden) from many positive mitzvot, including brachot on food, but is still bound to follow negative commandments.

However, if eating food without making a bracha is tantamount to theft (or me'ilah, misuse) and the commandment against theft is a negative commandment, why shouldn't an onein make a bracha in order to avoid transgressing a lav?



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