Why is a birkat mitsvah not recited upon performing the mitsvah of the recitation of birkat hamazon? This would perhaps be akin to the blessing upon Bitkat Kohanim as noted by @danno.

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    Are there any comparable cases, where we make a bracha on the mitzvah of making a bracha?
    – Scimonster
    Commented Jun 10, 2015 at 6:59
  • @Scimonster the bracha the kohanim make before duchening (if you see the 3 verses said afterwards as the same sort of bracha - the text of what they say seems to indicate that they are but the formulation indicates that the "bracha" is not the same sort)
    – rosends
    Commented Jun 10, 2015 at 10:35
  • why don't we make a beracha before making kiddush?
    – Menachem
    Commented Jun 10, 2015 at 22:44

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This is discussed in the Sefer ליקוטי שושנים on page 13.

Essentially he answers:

Since we bless Hashem during the Birkat Hamazon (Grace After Meals), there's no need to first bless Him before doing the Mitzva.

There's no need to make a Bracha on a Bracha, since the point of making the Bracha is taken care of as we say the actual Bracha.

Similarly we don't have a Bracha upon reciting Kriat Shma, since Shma is all about accepting the yoke of heaven, making the pre-blessing redundant.

  • "Similarly we don't have a Bracha upon reciting Kriat Shma". Actually, there are brachot before Kri'at Shema. What is their purpose / why do we need them?
    – DanF
    Commented Jun 10, 2015 at 13:51
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    That is a question you can ask the forum; they do not refer directly to Kriat Shma, if you read them carefully. Besides, they are recited even if you have already said Kriat Shma earlier. Commented Jun 10, 2015 at 13:59
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    @DannySchoemann the nature of the "birkos kriyas shma" is a machlockes Rishonim (if I recall Ramban / Rashba). presenting it simplistically is somewhat misleading.
    – mevaqesh
    Commented Jun 10, 2015 at 18:24
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    @DannySchoemann R Amram Gaon says to say Asher Kiddishanu...Likro et haShema before bed if you davened maariv too early.
    – Double AA
    Commented Jun 10, 2015 at 18:31
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    What does Kabolas Ol have to do with a Bracha? We say a Bracha on Hallel, which is more closely related to a Bracha.
    – HaLeiVi
    Commented Jun 10, 2015 at 21:52

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