I've heard before that one should make a bracha when passing by a bakery that has a pleasant smell of what's being baked. What is the source for this halacha? What is the custom in this, do we yes make a bracha or not? If not (and the halacha says yes to) then why not?

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In Mishna Brurah 216:54... The discussion is brought (see Shulchan Aruch and Rama) whether a bracha is said when one smells hot bread and what nusach is said (rayach tov...bpeiros ...bpas) it seems since it is a safek we try not to intentionally smell breads or cakes for pleasure in order to take ourself out of a safek which is at hand.

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    Why are you quoting the Mishna Berurah when this is all in the Shulchan Arukh? I don't see where the Mishna Berurah adds anything of relevance to this question...
    – Shimon bM
    Jun 13, 2013 at 0:08
  • Because he holds not to make a bracha
    – sam
    Jun 13, 2013 at 0:18
  • See Mishna Brurahs 54,55,56.56 says even if you smell don't make a bracha
    – sam
    Jun 13, 2013 at 0:22

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