Is there any part in the tefillah (pesukey dizimra, birchos shema, ashrey/uva letzion, etc) where one is allowed to drink coffee/water?

  • Please synch the content of the question with the title. Coffee / tea may be different than water,. I assume that you mean a congregant. As a Torah reader and occasional chazzan, I drink a sip of water to soothe my horse throat. Otherwise, I have trouble singing / reading the Toraah, and that affects the service, itself. Offhand, I don't think this is a problem. I'm not drinking for the pleasure of drinking. I'm doing it so that I can continue the prayer service for the rest of the congregation's benefit.
    – DanF
    May 21, 2015 at 14:49
  • Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/33947/…
    – Yishai
    May 21, 2015 at 16:16
  • DanF, nice catch I meant coffee/water.
    – Ani Yodea
    May 21, 2015 at 19:04
  • Once you have recited the blessing for Torah study you can have water or coffee or tea. So then, or right after the morning blessings and before you start pesukei d'zimra, would be a good time to imbibe. Not sure about the other times.
    – Kordovero
    May 22, 2015 at 1:06
  • @kordevero, you may not drink coffee prior to reciting birchos hashachar? What's your source?
    – Ani Yodea
    May 22, 2015 at 1:50

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That question was answered over at din.org - water is indeed permissible in most circumstances - coffee (without sugar and milk) typically has the same law as water

After davening Shacharis [on Shabbat], one must make Kiddush before drinking water.

However, this applies only to drinking water for the purpose of quenching one’s thirst. If a person is not thirsty, and wishes to drink water for the purpose of clearing his throat, there is no obligation of kiddush even after Shacharis [see also here on MY]

Before Shacharis, there is no obligation of kiddush, and it is permitted to drink water before davening. During pesukei de-zimra, the problem is the obligation of reciting the shehakol blessing, and similar principles to the above will apply.

If the purpose of drinking is only to clear the throat, no berachah (shehakol) needs to be made, and where required one can drink a little during pesukei de-zimra, without concern for a hefsek (interruption). Poskim discuss whether an ‘action’ (ma’aseh) constitutes a hefsek, and the general concensus is that it does not (see Shut Mekor Chayim, Orach Chaim 2, concerning the act of writing).

If, however, one feels thirsty, a shehakol needs to be made, and one should avoid this during pesukei de-zimra.

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