There is a Halacha that one should say 100 Brachos per day. To what extend may and must one go to reach that number?

For example, if it is Tisha B'av and one is not near a minyan, may and must they find several opportunities to make a blessing over smelling spices if that is the only way to reach 100? Or in a similar situation but if it is Shabbos must one and may one have many small snacks for the sole purpose of getting to 100 Brachos?


The Mishnah Brurah (can't get exact place at the moment) discusses exactly that. On Shabbos, a person should each many snacks for the purpose of reaching 100 Brachos. On days like Yom Kippur, you should make the Bracha Borei Minei Besamin many times to reach 100 Brachos. I'm not sure how to do it on Tisha B'av though, because you can't smell spices in it.

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    Can you please elaborate about Tisha b'av? Are you not allowed to smell spices? Also I am prepared to accept this answer but would like to see some polishing, citation. – A L Aug 15 '16 at 3:08
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    Thank you. Please also add the citation when you get the chance. I am also curious to find out the priority between 100 blessings or no spices. – A L Aug 15 '16 at 3:13
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    Why is Yom Kippur different from Tisha Bav? Both are days of affliction with parallel prohibitions (if anything Tisha Bav is more lenient as it's Derabanan) – Double AA Aug 15 '16 at 4:16
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    @AL Sha'arei T'shuva 556:1 cites a dispute about whether one may smell spices on Tish'a B'Av. R' Chaim Benveniste says it's permitted, and the Sha'arei T'shuva interprets the Magen Avraham (556) as permitting during the day. However, the Gan HaMelech (§145) supposes this is prohibited like the other enjoyment-related activities that are inappropriate for Tish'a B'Av, such as pleasure strolls ("יש לאסרו בט"ב משום תענוג דלא גרע מכמה דברים שאסרו בט"ב אפי' לטייל אסור מפני שמסיח דעתו מן האבל והריח הוי עונג גדול שהנשמה נהנית ממנו"). – Fred Aug 17 '16 at 7:07
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    @AL ...The Chafetz Chayim also discusses this in Sha'ar HaTziyon 556:1 (see this comment). He says that the Magen Avraham seems to permit during the day, but that the Taz and the Vilna Gaon (s.v. "ואין") seem to prohibit smelling spices on Tish'a B'Av altogether. (IMHO, however, the Taz's position is unclear, as he just follows the indeterminate language of the Mord'chai). The Abudraham (סדר תפלת התעניות) also appears to permit during the day. – Fred Aug 17 '16 at 7:46

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