When saying Asher Yatzar, should one sit or stand?


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Perhaps I'm jumping the gun, but if no one here finds a source that says how to say Asher Yotzar then it is clearly permitted to do either one lechatchilah. The Mishnah Berurah, for instance, would have said; that's what he does.


Depending on how we define the status of the bracha of Asher Yatzar (see here), if we define it as a bircas hashevach then there appear to be differing approaches.

The Pri Megadim in his intro to hilchos brachos, ois 18 (screen shot below) writes that if one wants to sit for Birchas Hashevach one can.

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However, Rav Moshe Sternbuch in Teshuvos V'hanhagos (cheilek gimmel, siman 76) writes, "שברכת השבח ראוי לכתחילה לברך מעומד" - "Bircas Hashvach is fitting ideally to be said standing"

  • How are these differing? One is baseline halacha and one is ideal.
    – N.T.
    Jan 11, 2021 at 12:14
  • I hear - I meant that they differ in as much as the Pri Megadim gives allowance for one to sit if they want. Whilst Rav Shternbuch underlines the ideal for it to be said standing.
    – Dov
    Jan 11, 2021 at 12:22
  • That is just a difference in emphasis, not opinion.
    – N.T.
    Jun 15, 2021 at 0:47

I once heard a Shiur from Rabbi Paysach Krohn that one should 100% stand when saying this bracha since we say point blank in the bracha וְלַעֲמוד לְפָנֶיךָ and to stand before you, so it would kind of a contradiction not to stand.

  • What about according to the nuschaos that don't say that phrase?
    – Meir
    Sep 14, 2020 at 17:35
  • I haven't seen any Asher Yatzors that delte this phrase.
    – Russell
    Sep 16, 2020 at 6:01
  • See Siddur Hageonim Vehamekubalim, bottom of the page, who brings nuschaos that don't include it. Contemporary siddurim that delete it (based on a search on Sefaria) include Edos Hamizrach and Tehillas Hashem (Chabad).
    – Meir
    Sep 16, 2020 at 13:25
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    Not to argue w R' Krohn, but that isn't what לעמוד means in this phrase. It's a synonym for להתקיים (which can also mean "stand", as in קוממיות). Here they both mean, exist, be present.
    – MichoelR
    Jan 12, 2021 at 17:19
  • @MichoelR Maybe we can that the ultimate presence is to stand, like standing in Amidah.
    – Russell
    Jan 13, 2021 at 12:19

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