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For the purposes of priority in making a blessing, is a french fri considered a shalem food or is it considered a broken piece of potato?

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  • Since it has a name, i would think it's shalem. – Scimonster Aug 11 '14 at 20:17
  • That sounds like an answer. – Yitzchak Aug 11 '14 at 20:24
  • Is bread considered Shalem or a broken up piece of wheat? – Double AA Aug 11 '14 at 20:38
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    @DoubleAA I don't know if that is a direct analogy, unless you are making a shehakol on your french fries. – Y     e     z Aug 11 '14 at 20:50
  • What difference would it make? – LiquidMetal Aug 12 '14 at 1:14
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The reason "Daver Shalem" gets priority can be for one of two reasons

1) The food item was created that way ("ברייה") an example could be a apple or even a grape.

2) That by taking the "Daver Shalem" before the other item you are beautifying the mitzvah of making a bracha (Hidur Mitzvah) Thus if you had a large slice of bread and a small roll you would make the bracha on the roll since that has an advantage of being "shalem" (Think of a formal meal like a wedding. Normally a roll is put in front of each person not several slices of bread since the roll is more esteemed ("mechubidik"*??) )

Since a french fry on its own while technically "shalem" was a) not created that way b) a single french fry is not considered more esteemed to serve over a piece of potato I would say that it does not take any preference over the broken potato based on shalem**.

* mechubidik - apologies for the "yeshivish" but a good translation escapes me at the moment. MY editors please suggest an appropriate translation.

** there may be a case to say that in this case you would go for the bigger of the 2 items but I haven't seen that specifically brought down.

Sources:

Yerushalmi Perek 6 Halacha Aleph

SA 168:1 + Mishna Berurah

Laws of Brachos Rabbi Forst

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  • mechubidik = esteemed – Yishai Aug 12 '14 at 14:04
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There is a trick that you can do on Yom Tov whereby you can take a broken piece of matzah, and burn the broken edge, rendering the piece whole for the purpose of lechem mishna.

Since the fry is surrounded on all sides by crust, I would say that it would be whole just like the formerly broken matzah.

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  • Can you bring a source for this ? I have heard of it but in recent years I have heard from dayanim that it in fact does not help. – eramm Aug 12 '14 at 15:31
  • It is mentioned here but I don't know the primary source. chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1108296/jewish/… – Clint Eastwood Aug 12 '14 at 16:22
  • Thanks but even there the source, Avraham Hirch, is one person and not any source in the poskim. – eramm Aug 13 '14 at 15:17

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