I've heard that there are those who hold that saying a bracha rishona (ie the bracha usually said before eating) after you have eaten a food is effectual. Where might I find a source that says that?

(For example, you ate an apple and as just as you swallowed the last bite you remembered that you did not say borei pri ha-etz before you started eating. You then say borei pri ha-etz, even though you are done eating.)


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See Shulchan Arukh OC 172 for such an opinion (that if you drink and remember before swallowing that you didn't say a Bracha you can swallow and say a Bracha after swallowing) quoted in the Rama.

(I note it is a somewhat controversial position, so CYLOR for a final ruling.)

  • I don't think this answers the question, your source applies only in a case when he remembers the beracha while he stills has the food in the mouth. May 7, 2015 at 14:05
  • @Emilios1995 I see no such limitation in the question. The Bracha is said very much after swallowing.
    – Double AA
    May 7, 2015 at 14:07
  • look at the final paragraph of the question: " and as just as you swallowed the last bite you remembered that you did not say borei pri ha-etz " May 7, 2015 at 14:10
  • @Emilios1995 That's a pretty ambiguous terminology in my opinion. Where exactly is the bolus at the moment he remembers? Plus I believe this is the closest he will get to such an opinion if it is being held Lemaaseh and hence probably what was being referenced by the people he heard about it from.
    – Double AA
    May 7, 2015 at 14:11
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    @YehudaW I'm not sure what is confusing you about the MB. He seems to reject this opinion and prefer the opinion of the Shulchan Arukh (and R Chananel) that no Bracha is said in this case.
    – Double AA
    May 7, 2015 at 15:03

It's in berachot 51, acording to Rabbina you can bless even if you remebered you didn't after you are done eating. The Raabad holds this opinion. Here is an essay about it: http://ybm.org.il/hebrew/LessonArticle.aspx?item=1891

  • Just for the record this opinion of the Raavad is in the extreme minority. It is not the opinion I reference in my answer.
    – Double AA
    May 7, 2015 at 13:57

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