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The Aruch HaShulchan has an opinion on whether one person can motzi (exempt) a crowd with a bracha acharona (after-bracha) on mezonot foods. It is along the lines of it is better not to have one person do this for everyone else. I saw it once, and now cannot find it. I have since heard it is "famous"! Does any one have a source?

  • Just FTR I don't think it's only the Aruch HaShulchan who holds this. – Double AA Feb 12 '13 at 16:48
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AhS OH 213:6

And thus is the halachah and the widespread custom that one does not discharge another's obligation in any [brachah], and each makes his own brachah, since even for "Hamotzi" and birkas ha-mazon, there are few in our time [who follow the practice of] one being motzi another, and all the more so for other things.

He goes on to cover be-di-avad cases.

  • thanks. it was 213:4 specifically on mezonot and after bracha because of lack of kvius, but thanks so much. also nice translation - was it your own? – eric Feb 12 '13 at 14:37

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