I work in a school with quite a large building. I have my own office, but I spend a lot of time out of it, checking the building, going into classrooms etc. If I make a Bracha on food and then leave my office for a short while, do I have to make another Bracha when I come back in order to continue eating?

  • May I suggest you continue your research with Rabbi Forst's book about brachos until someone else steps up to answer your question ? books.google.co.uk/… please do not misconstrue this with RTM or google it yourself :) just a busy day over here.
    – eramm
    Jan 29 '14 at 12:49
  • p.s. the link is to the relevant section of the book
    – eramm
    Jan 29 '14 at 14:56
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    Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/18741/472 Jan 29 '14 at 16:42
  • @MonicaCellio duplicate?
    – msh210
    Jan 30 '14 at 6:10
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    @msh210 I don't think so. The other question is about drinks that you refill over the course of the day, while this question is (by my reading) about food that is all present when you make the b'racha but then you leave for a while. They might have the same answer but they seem like different questions to me. Jan 31 '14 at 19:11

If you have in mind that you will eat all over the building, so long as you don't go 72 consecutive minutes without eating, the bracha is still good. If you did not have this in mind, you cannot go out of sight from the room where you started. i.e. the bracha dies and you have to make a new one when you return to the original room.

There might be a catch to do with eating something you didn't expect to eat.

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  • So you are saying if he works at the MetLife building (3.1 million square feet) he is free to roam around all day as long as he stops every 72 minutes ?
    – eramm
    Jan 29 '14 at 15:03
  • yes. If he had the wandering in mind. Jan 29 '14 at 15:19
  • Why 72 minutes?
    – Double AA
    Apr 2 '14 at 4:18
  • @DoubleAA I think 72 minutes is the standard length for how long a bracha lasts.
    – Scimonster
    Jun 29 '14 at 15:10
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    @DoubleAA Because i remember learning it somewhen.
    – Scimonster
    Jun 30 '14 at 7:35

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