This question deals with someone who has a cup of a drink and carries it around all day long, possibly refilling it, etc. I am wondering, for someone who drinks from a drinking fountain every time he walks by it, should he make a new bracha each time he drinks? Does it matter how much time goes by between episodes? What other considerations are there?

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I heard from a student of Rabbi Yisroel Labkowski (the Rabbi is word-for-word boki in Shulchan Aruch, you start reading anything, and he can finish it) that he said there are 5 reasons in halacha why you are not allowed to drink directly from a water fountain.

I don't remember all 5, but the one I do remember is that you have to see the item you are making a Bracha on, and the water you drink from a water fountain is not the water you see when you say the Bracha.

Assuming you avoid this, or your LOR tells you it is not a problem, the answer there would seem to apply equally to here.

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    I don't know his other reasons, but that one is against an explicit Rabbeinu Yona. He says that you make a blessing on drinking water from a river, even though the water that you will drink is not necessarily in front of you when you make the blessing. (The fact that you can drink from a river is a gemara, Rabbeinu Yonah is just explaining that the blessing is not an issue) Commented Jun 25, 2014 at 21:37
  • @YEZ, apparently others don't agree. Or I have a bad memory.
    – Yishai
    Commented Jun 25, 2014 at 21:38
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    Are you thinking of the Rama in YD 116:5 ,its a sakanna to drink from a tap
    – sam
    Commented Jun 25, 2014 at 21:42
  • I don't know who is going to disagree with the Gemara that you can drink from a river. Rabbeinu Yonah is just explicit that a blessing isn't the problem. Unless you have a distinction between the water not in front of you at a river vs. fountain. If anything, at least in the fountain you know which water you will be drinking (that closest to the spout) even if you can't see it. Commented Jun 25, 2014 at 21:42
  • S it is, now, this answer basically nullifies the questions premise. But, it doesn't answer the question directly, as OP assumes that there is no problem drinking from the fountain. You have provided a link to an opinion that has the answer. I think you should edit in what that answer is or summarize what is in the link.
    – DanF
    Commented Aug 8, 2019 at 18:52

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