It was widely reported in yesterday's news that one of President Trump's impeachment lawyers covered his head with his hand and recited a bracha every time he took a sip from his water bottle. It has always been my understanding that once you have recited Shehakol once you do not need to keep reciting it for each sip. Perhaps I have been doing it wrong all these years? Of course, after a sufficiently long interval of time the action you are no longer "covered", so to speak. What criteria determine how frequently one must recite Shehakol when drinking?

  • Usually only leaving the room/vicinity or saying a concluding after blessing would "end" the "scope" of the initial blessing. I can't comment about what any of the lawyers was doing, not having seen or spoken with any of them.
    – Double AA
    Commented Feb 10, 2021 at 17:02
  • @DoubleAA Presumably time matters, too. If I have a sip of water before bed and then sleep 8 hours, my bracha is no longer operative when I wake up, right?
    – mweiss
    Commented Feb 10, 2021 at 17:04
  • Going to sleep is marking the end like saying an after blessing
    – Double AA
    Commented Feb 10, 2021 at 17:12
  • He wasn't making a Bracha each time, despite the news reports otherwise. They misunderstood what he was doing by covering his head when he drank.
    – robev
    Commented Feb 10, 2021 at 18:17
  • @robev Are you sure? I was not aware that covering the head is necessary when drinking, per se. It's the bracha that triggers the need for the kippah, no?
    – mweiss
    Commented Feb 10, 2021 at 18:50


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