when saying a blessing on fruits we say "borei pri haetz" who created the fruit of the tree.

by a human we say "Yotzer haAdam" and not borei haAdam". why the change?

the term Borei (creation) is generally used with respect to God only whereas Yotzer (forming) is used with respect to humans also.

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    Why do you think they'd be similar?
    – Double AA
    Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 21:30
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    Why should they be the same?
    – Dude
    Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 22:28
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    To make the question stronger: The posuk refers to the root of borei for Man, but not for fruit.
    – Yishai
    Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 22:30
  • Why not to ask about the beginning of the blessing Asher Yatsar or simply about the current asher Yatsar bracha?
    – kouty
    Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 4:35
  • See Gemara Ketubot 8a: >לוי איקלע לבי רבי בהלוליה דר''ש בריה בריך חמש רב אסי איקלע לבי רב אשי בהלוליה דמר בריה בריך שית לימא בהא קמיפלגי דמ''ס חדא יצירה הואי ומ''ס שתי יצירות הואי לא דכ''ע חדא יצירה הואי מ''ס בתר מחשבה אזלינן ומ''ס בתר מעשה אזלינן כי הא דרב יהודה רמי כתיב {בראשית א-כז} ויברא אלהים את האדם בצלמו וכתיב {בראשית ה-ב} זכר ונקבה בראם הא כיצד בתחלה עלה במחשבה לבראות שנים ולבסוף נברא אחד The Gemara makes the question strongest
    – kouty
    Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 8:16

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Bara is used when mankind is first created "male and female" (Bereshith 1:27), like all the rest of the animals (see Sforno there) during the general narrative about the world, predominantly in the first chapter. But it is only later, in the narrative specifically about the garden, where it refers to HaShem "forming" Adam (2:7).

If you read RambaN and Sforno there, they discuss the differences between the reference to bara versus yassar in these two passages, the latter meaning to merely alter an existing object, whereas the former usually infers an initial bring into existence (although Ibn `Ezra and Gersonides dispute this point, but that is not relevant right now).

During the sheva` berakhoth, we say "yosser adham" because while humanity was first created as essentially an animal creature like all others (Sforno), God later "formed" him into a different man - one that was sedentary, agrarian, domesticated animals, and - most of all - practiced marriage.

"Yotzer HaAdam" indicates the new state of man just before he is given his wife by God, like a man under the huppah.

Hope this helps.


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