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If one had 'pas habah bekisnin' thinking that he needs to make a mezonos followed by al hamichya, and after doing so discovers that he should have washed, said hamotzi and then birkas hamazon, what should be done now after he has said al hamichya?

  • Easiest solution - wash and eat another piece. – DanF May 4 '17 at 19:33
  • @DanF I think I recall reading that in SA. – Ploni May 4 '17 at 21:11
  • @Ploni This wasn't anything I recall from SA. It's the most logical "general" halachic doubtful food-related answer that I've seen. It's almost on par with the common answer I get when I ask a rav, "What's the bracha for sushi?" (different answers from different people, on this.) Rabbis are sometimes embarrassed to just say, "I don't know" (BAD quality, IMO), so they answer, "Why don't you just wash and eat a piece of bread, then it's part of your meal?" I answer "because bread ruins my appetite for the sushi - that's why I don't do it." – DanF May 4 '17 at 21:39
  • IIRC, there's a story in Talmud in which one Rav made a declaration that "covered" all the points of Birkat HaMazon, preventing the others present from having a Zimun. In a related manner, some are careful not to pronounce Shem Hashem in Tzur MiShelo due to exactly this concern. Bracha Me'ayn Shalosh is intentionally constructed to mirror normal bentsching, so if the former cases are a concern, then the latter would certainly seem to fulfill your obligation to bentsch. – Isaac Kotlicky May 5 '17 at 4:33
  • A quick Web search found me revach.net/halacha/tshuvos/msh210/1904 and dailyhalacha.com/m/halacha.aspx?id=847 , which have some citations. – msh210 May 7 '17 at 6:37

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