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I already know that it is forbidden to make a bracha on a stolen lulav (SA OC 649:1). However, i'm not sure if this also applies to making a bracha on stolen food. The difference seems to be that by a lulav, the bracha is on the mitzvah, which is being done with something forbidden. By food, the bracha is on your benefit (ברכת הנהנין), so it's possible that you might make a bracha on benefiting, even if it came to you in a non-permissible way.

So: should a bracha be made on stolen food?

  • בוצע ברך ניאץ השם – Y     e     z Dec 14 '14 at 19:59
  • I knew some yeshiva boys who would always bring cookies with them when they broke into the kitchen, so they would have something to make a bracha on before they ate the cake (that was locked in the kitchen). – Jeffiekins May 22 '17 at 21:28
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The Mishna Berurah (196:4) says that if someone steals wheat, grinds it and bakes it, it is actually a Machlokes on whether he could say a Bracha on it. Nonetheless, from the Mishna Berurah it's clear that the Machlokes applies because in this particular case, the thief effected a change (שינוי) through which he acquires the item. However in a "standard" case of stealing it would appear that everyone agrees it's prohibited to say a Bracha.

The Laws of Brachos (page 144) indeed says:

One who steals food, or even takes food without the owner's permission (or without being certain that the owner approves), may not recite a b'racha.

However, he does bring the above opinion from the Mishna Berurah in the footnotes ("... some authorities require that a b'racha be recited").

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No -- a bracha should not be made on stolen food.

The gemara in Sanhedrin 6b paskens that if someone would steal wheat, grind it, and bake bread out of it, a bracha still would not be made on that bread.

The Rambam (Hilchot Brachot 1:19) brings this as the halacha -- any food that is asur does not get a bracha either before or after.

(Credit to this answer for pointing me to the gemara source, which pointed to Rambam.)

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    Why is stolen food asur? – Double AA Dec 14 '14 at 0:18

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