It seems pretty obvious that gentiles shouldn't make Berachoth on any Mitzvoth (their 7 aren't exactly ritualistic, and they were not commanded in the rest of ours). But are there any Berachoth that they may/should say? Perhaps Nehenin (foods, scents) or Shevah (praises)? Maybe Shehehiyanu on certain occasions? Maybe even a judge who presides over a case (since they are commanded to have a justice system, which he is implementing)?

  • It seems pretty obvious that gentiles shouldn't make Berachoth on any Mitzvoth So women also shouldn't bless on anything? (If I remember, that's actually how Sefardim hold)
    – b a
    Oct 7 '12 at 18:12
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    That's not exactly right, but assuming you're generalizing, there's still a difference between Jewish women, who are part of the Kehillah that was commanded collectively ("Asher Kiddeshanu...VeTzivanu") and gentiles, who were never part of the collective that was commanded.
    – Seth J
    Oct 7 '12 at 19:30
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    @ba Moreover, it's harder to say that the gentiles were 'sanctified' in getting the 7 mitzvot, unlike women who do have an element of sanctification though mitzvot.
    – Double AA
    Oct 7 '12 at 19:55
  • I can answer that there are brachot they can say, but I don't know what any of them are. Does that help you?
    – Double AA
    Oct 7 '12 at 20:12
  • Well JNF beat me to it. I'm still not sure which brachot are included.
    – Double AA
    Oct 10 '12 at 21:03

We are instructed to answer Amen after a Bracha, if it's said by a Jew. If we hear the whole Bracha from a goy we also answer, otherwise we don't (we're afraid he said things we don't agree with) [SA & Rma OC 215:2]

So, apparently, a goy can say a Bracha, and we even say Amen. (Rma says ועונין אמן, I'm not sure if this should be understood as an obligation or not. I tend to understand that it is and obligation)

  • As I recall, this is referring to birkos hanehenin, and a non-Jew should say "Elohei Yisrael" rather than the standard nusach of "Eloheinu". Further the rationale of "asur l'hanos... b'li b'racha" provided by the gemara appears to suggest that all humans must thank God prior to eating (for example). However, non-Jews might not be bound by the מטבע שטבעו חזל beyond certain standard aspects of the formatting of blessings (e.g. shem u'malchus). As far as a blessing being absolutely required, I question whether it would be considered actual theft to benefit without a blessing....
    – Fred
    Oct 11 '12 at 1:03
  • ...Though I see no reason why the specific birkos ha'r'eeyah for natural wonders would be forbidden, either. If anything, it seems to me like a praiseworthy practice. (Then again, I haven't researched it, which is why I'm not posting my own answer).
    – Fred
    Oct 11 '12 at 1:07
  • @Fred, I can't see where you're going with this.
    – JNF
    Oct 11 '12 at 21:51
  • My main comment was that a non-Jew should not use exactly the same wording (see my first sentence in comment #1). Beyond that, I was basically rambling.
    – Fred
    Oct 14 '12 at 19:45
  • @Fred, I see. That's why we need to hear him out, so that he doesn't say a different name by "mistake".
    – JNF
    Oct 14 '12 at 21:39

brochos with name of God - even Jews are not allowed beyond what was instituted.

as for thanking God without getting into saying God's name - absolutely. just like any one who benefits from someone else. my $0.02

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    What do you mean by "even Jews are not allowed"? Jews have more prohibitions than gentiles so I don't get the kal vahomer
    – Double AA
    Feb 23 '17 at 3:54

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