Say you had in mind to have a regular meal with bread. After washing and saying homotzi lechem min harataz and taking a bite of bread, you realize that the bread is bad.

Now all you have left to eat is mezonot/shechokol/etc.

Do you say an individual bracha for each food category and their respective bracha acharonas or does the single bite of bread cover everything. If the latter, what is the bracha acharona?

Is there a difference if you ate a bite of the spoiled bread (less than a kezayit) or if you ate no bread at at all? Do you have an obligation to take a bite?

  • Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/18778 – Fred Jan 15 '15 at 17:54
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    @Ploni I wouldn't make the assumption that the OP meant swallow. What if you noticed the bread was moldy when you picked it up: do you have to take a bite from it? – Scimonster Jun 9 '17 at 10:09
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    @Ploni And the last paragraphs asks "Is there a difference if you ate a bite ... or if you ate no bread at at all?" – Scimonster Jun 9 '17 at 10:14
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    @Ploni Not necessarily. I would leave the OP's wording unless they decide to change it. – Scimonster Jun 9 '17 at 10:20
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    I think this question is far more interesting if you realize the bread is bad before taking a bite. – Daniel Jun 9 '17 at 10:25

Rabbi Moshe Feinstein writes (Igrot Moshe O.C. cheilek 4, 41) that less than a kezayit of bread does not exempt subsequent foods from their brachot, so in your case (assuming your bite was less than a kezayit) you would make bracha rishona and achrona on the rest of your meal, just as if you hadn't had any bread at all.

  • For those who want to look it up themselves, the most relevant part is on page עא, left column, paragraph beginning with וגם. – Jay Jun 9 '17 at 14:59
  • He seems to say there's a safek whether or not they're exempted. – Ploni Jun 9 '17 at 15:09
  • @Ploni You mean when he says you shouldn't put yourself into a situation of safek? He's saying you need to know if you're planning on having a kezayit, because otherwise you have a safek if the other foods need a bracha - if ultimately you will finish the kezayit, then the bracha of hamotzi exempts the other foods now, even before you do so. But if you won't, then they need their own bracha. But he's not saying there's a safek if it exempts in a case where the kezayit will not be completed. – Jay Jun 9 '17 at 15:39

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