Berachot 35b:

Rabbi Ḥanina bar Pappa said: Anyone who derives benefit from this world without a blessing, it is as if he stole from God and the community of Israel

This is commonly applied to the case where one does not make a bracha on the food he eats or on the spices he smells, but can it also be applied to mitzvot? What downside is there to performing a mitzva without a bracha from the outset? Is it only a lack of the benefit of making a bracha? If so, please provide sources explaining the benefits of making a bracha on a mitzva

  • it could be a matir judaism.stackexchange.com/a/15027/759
    – Double AA
    Feb 21, 2022 at 13:53
  • I don't see how the question is pertinent. The gemara doesn't say that this rule covers the whole problem of the lack of bracha.
    – kouty
    Feb 21, 2022 at 17:53
  • The downside is you didn't fulfill the Rabbinic injunction to make the required blessing.
    – N.T.
    Feb 21, 2022 at 23:15

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As "מצוות לאו ליהנות נתנו" - Mitzvot are not given for benefit - it seems this rule would not apply there.

  • This issue may not obtain here, but are there other issues? The OP was asking broadly.
    – magicker72
    Feb 21, 2022 at 15:46

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