Can you translate a birchat hamitzvah before doing the action? I.e. for Channukah candles, can you say each bracha followed (or preceded) by its translation, and then light? What about for reading megillah? [trying to find examples that have more than one bracha]. What about for a deoreita?

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    If you already said the translation, the latter would likely be a berakha levatala.
    – mevaqesh
    Dec 15 '16 at 17:40
  • @mevaqesh's comment sounds correct. Most brachot can be said in any language, and there is a general rule that one should not interrupt between the bracha and the performance of the mitzvah. So, it seems that the best option is to just say the translation.
    – DanF
    Dec 15 '16 at 17:44
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    @DanF The best option is just to say the Hebrew and understand it.
    – Double AA
    Dec 15 '16 at 18:26
  • @DoubleAA src? Also, if you leave out the shem hashem in the translation, there wouldnt be an issue. Since it is unlikely that you said the shem hashem in translation, lets leave that aside.
    – marisbest2
    Dec 15 '16 at 18:51
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    Did the person saying the translation think they were saying a bracha in a different language? Or were they thinking that they are not making the bracha, but rather saying what the bracha means. That would make a world of difference, at least when saying the translation beforehand.
    – user6591
    Dec 15 '16 at 19:12

Igrot Moshe (OC 3:8) forbids translating or explaining prayers in another language at a time when interruptions are forbidden.

  • Does he mention that saying the bracha in translation to begin, is OK? (I assume that it is.)
    – DanF
    Dec 15 '16 at 20:12
  • @DanF He doesn't discuss a time when interruptions aren't forbidden (such as before you've said a blessing), but I don't know why discussing Torah concepts would be problematic, though intentionally saying a blessing twice is definitely forbidden (known as Berakha Levatala).
    – Double AA
    Dec 15 '16 at 20:13
  • האם אתה יכול לתת יותר בשר?
    – kouty
    Dec 16 '16 at 10:17

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