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Prophecy ended at around the same time blessings were introduced into Judaism, during the time of Anshei Knesses Hagdola. There were exceptions of course like Birchas Hamazon and Birchas Hatorah, but even when fulfilling a mitzvah in the Torah, a blessing was generally not said.

My question is concerning the nature of a prophet fulfilling the direct command from Hashem. Would that action get a bracha? Such as Yechezkel writing on the sticks and bringing them together, as found in chapter 37 of his book. Or Hoshea marrying a zona as in chapter 1 of his. Or perhaps only actions for the general population get brachos.

Of course, as mentioned, these two time periods did not overlap much, if at all. But if they did, did those prophets make brachos?

Besides my curiosity, there might be a practical application for this. Moshiach will come. He will be a prophet and he will fulfill Hashem's commandments. There is no reason to assume the institution of blessings will be abolished. So will he be making blessings on his fulfillments of Hashem's prophetic commands?

  • I wouldn't be so sure no blessings were said. It may have just been ad libed. – Double AA Nov 18 '16 at 3:32
  • That could use a source. I've seen ideas like that for birchas hamazon and possibly shmona esrei, but not other brachos. But even assuming like you are saying, the question still stands. – user6591 Nov 18 '16 at 3:41
  • Rashi Devarim 26:13 ולא שכחתי. Also check the Siftei Chachamim there who explicitly says they said a bracha in their own words, that was my primary point. (Although Tosfot Yom Tov disagrees and says the whole thing is an asmachta). (@DoubleAA) – Heshy Nov 18 '16 at 13:20
  • @Double you have any reason to think they made brachos on say teffilin and tzitzis? (FWIW It only makes the question stronger if you think they did) – user6591 Nov 18 '16 at 18:07
  • @user6591 I have no sources to offer on the matter right now, so no, but a priori I wouldn't eliminate the possibility. – Double AA Nov 18 '16 at 18:10

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