According to Hacham Ovadia Yosef there is a Halacha of Safek Berachot Lehakel meaning that in any case that there is one (or two I can't remember but it doesn't matter for my example) Posekim that hold not to bless on something we withhold. Why then by flavored gum do we make a Beracha if we have (at least three) Posekim that hold not to: Yaskil Avdi, Yishak Yeranen, and Birkat Hashem? There are probably more just not that I've seen.

Why doesn't Hacham Ovadia apply this rule over here?

  • How do you know he doesn't?
    – Double AA
    Aug 18, 2013 at 16:04
  • @DoubleAA because it says in Yalkut Yosef in mutliple places that we make a Beracha. Aug 18, 2013 at 16:06
  • Which birchas moshe?
    – sam
    Aug 18, 2013 at 20:46
  • @sam Birkat Hashem by Rabbi Moshe HaLewi. Aug 18, 2013 at 20:47
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    See halachayomit.co.il/EnglishDisplayRead.asp?readID=3144 where they explain that Hakham 'Ovadiah didn't hold by Birkat HaShem's proof based on Magen Avraham (i.e. that it was not a valid proof) and therefore rules stringently regarding one reciting a blessing on any food from which one intends to derive enjoyment.
    – Lee
    Oct 1, 2014 at 8:18

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In the Sefer Rivevos Ephraim 7:80:2 he holds that one makes a shehakol on gum because some flavor gets swallows and for thus reason one cannot chew gum on a fast day he also heard this from the Steipler.Then he brings a discussion from Rav Yitzchak Azuli from Yeshivas Porat Yosef who explains the stance of shu"T Yitzchak Yarnein and Yalkut Yosef which is that if one gets some sweetness and its for pleasure of the sweetness then one makes a shakol.see it inside for the back and forth.


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    I know why he says to bless but I don't understand why the Deah is not Mevutal because of Safek Berachot. Aug 19, 2013 at 1:23
  • Did you see it inside ,he brings the Yabia Omer I believe.
    – sam
    Aug 19, 2013 at 2:12
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    I read it in Yalkut Yosef the whole Reid. Aug 19, 2013 at 2:18
  • I don't see a problem
    – sam
    Aug 19, 2013 at 2:21
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    My question is why we don't apply Safek Berachot Lehakel, not why we bless because of taste.\ Oct 27, 2013 at 1:53

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