The Mishna Berura says in three places (that I know of) that every birchas hamizvah must be said standing up (סי' ח' ס"ק ב', סי' תפט שעה"צ ס"ק ז', וסי' תקפה ס"ק א-ב). If this is true, why doesn't anyone stand for the bracha of leshev basuccah other than by kiddush, like when they are having a snack over chol hamo'ed?

Perhaps the reason is that without sitting there's no kviyus and you shouldn't be making any bracha, which would not be the case on Shabbos/Yom Tov when it's muchrach that you'll stay for the seuda (see Aruch Hashulchan O"C 166:1)?

Any insights and/or mareh mekomos would be greatly appeciated.

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    Maybe similar to pesach night ;-)
    – robev
    Oct 11, 2022 at 20:33
  • Do you stand for maror at the seder?
    – Double AA
    Oct 12, 2022 at 2:24

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The Shulchan Aruch in 643:2 says one should say it standing. The Rama comments that we say it sitting down.

The Pri Migadim in Eishel Avraham 8:2 (towards the end) says that the reason we say it sitting down is because it’s like challah, and it’s more like Birchas hanenin.

The Pnei Yehoshua in Megilla 21A says that if the mitzvah itself can be said sitting then there bracha can be said sitting as well.

  • That's a misleading representation of the first source in my opinion. They are discussing how to say kiddush, not how the leshev blessing is always said.
    – Double AA
    Oct 12, 2022 at 2:19
  • @DoubleAA and yet the Pri Migadim understands it to refer to leishev as well. The Shulchan Aruch clearly mentions it as well, to be said standing, together with kiddush
    – Chatzkel
    Oct 12, 2022 at 2:32
  • I didn't say it's an irrelevant source
    – Double AA
    Oct 12, 2022 at 3:03

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