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Before drinking the sotah water does the woman make a blessing? If so would it be shahakol or something else?

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    You only say shehakol on water if drinking because of thirst, so no shehakol here. I don't know about a Birkat HaMitzvah. – Double AA Dec 1 '14 at 17:00
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    @DoubleAA Don't you say it also if you're drinking for some other reason but are thirsty and the drink will quench your thirst? – msh210 Dec 1 '14 at 18:47
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    I would assume the dirt makes it pagum and unfit for human drinking thereby negating any theoretical bracha – user6591 Dec 1 '14 at 19:14
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    hebrewbooks.org/… found this on a google chat – sam Dec 2 '14 at 0:53
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You only recite a bracha on water if you are thirsty.1 Since the sotah is not drinking the water to quench her thirst, there would be no bracha. As for birkat hamitzvah I don't know.

The question has been raised in the comments about what if the sotah was thirsty when she drank the water. It seems (at least in the way I interpret it) that according to the Mishnah Berurah, she would recite a bracha.2


1 Shulchan Aruch, O.C. 204:7. Borei Nefashot would not be said as well. See also Brachot 44a and Rambam Brachot 8:1.

2 Mishnah Berurah 204:2. The case is drinking water in order to swallow a pill. If the person drinks the water in order to swallow the pill and to quench his thirst, according to this opinion he would recite a bracha on the water. Perhaps if the sotah was thirsty, she would recite a bracha as well.

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    what if she is thirsty? – ray May 4 '16 at 7:14
  • What about a mitzvah b'racha? – Monica Cellio Feb 7 '18 at 18:07
  • @MonicaCellio I have no clue. I have never heard of anywhere where a bracha the sotah is supposed to recite is recorded, if she's supposed to recite a bracha at all. In any case the birkat hamitzvah part is not in the OP so I didn't bother to address. Please see my edited answer, by the way. – ezra Feb 7 '18 at 18:13
  • Thanks for the updates with sources. And yeah, on review the OP seems to be asking about food b'rachot, not more generally. I withdraw the question. – Monica Cellio Feb 7 '18 at 18:15
  • @ray Please see my edited answer. – ezra Feb 7 '18 at 18:17

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