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Questions about short prayers called b'rachos ("benedictions" or "blessings"), generally said to praise/thank God for specific events.

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Does a father recite Baruch Shepetarani for an adopted son

According to some Poskim, a father should recite a blessing named Baruch Shepetarani when his son turns bar mitzvah age. My question is, should it be recited if a father adopts a son when that son ...
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Is it true that the wealthier we become the more we forget about God? [closed]

I've never been wealthy or part of the upper class so I cannot confirm whether this is true or not (although I'de love to be given the chance!) but, Chaim Kramer in his book Earning A Living Earning A ...
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Mizuman on Pizza

There is a well known discussion about the proper brocho to make on pizza. Say three people are eating pizza at the same table. One washes on his pizza and the other two make a mezonos. Can the person ...
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Talking after Hamapil blessing [duplicate]

It is customary to say the hamapil blessing before going to sleep at night. Some people are strict in saying this nightly, some are more lax. I don't know if this has any halachic source. Is there a ...
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What are the requirements for an outdoor zimun

Inspired by this question about an outdoor minyan, I am curious, what are the requirements for counting Jews in an outdoor zimun? Say three Jews who otherwise would qualify in a zimun ate together ...
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What part of the souls receives pleasure when saying a Bracha on smelling?

BH What part of the souls receives pleasure when smelling something?(Ie. Nefesh Ruach Neshama Chaya Yechida? And is it the part in the NRNChY of the Nefesh Elokit? or is it the NRNChY of the natural ...
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Where does it first talk about saying HaNotein Re'ach Tov BaPeirot

BH Where does it first talk about saying the Bracha HaNotein Re'ach Tov BaPeirot?
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Do we have the capacity to bless Hashem?

When children are taught that Baruch Ata Ado... means " the source of all blessings' ' as opposed to "blessed are you Hashem' ' because we don't have the capacity to bless our creator. Is ...
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Question regarding the laws of Brachos

If one drank half a Revi’is of wine, and then drank a Revi’is of water, and then recited “Borei Nefashos”, with the intention of drinking another half a Revi’is of wine afterwards, should he recite “...
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How is a place elevated spiritually?

Can a place become holier or spiritually elevated? If yes, what makes a certain place holier or spiritually elevated? Is it depended upon the people and their actions that are living in it? Can a Holy ...
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Are the laws of meeting someone affected by phone or video chats? [duplicate]

There are a number of halachot triggered by meeting someone, up to and including saying brachot when you haven't seen them for a long time. Are these halachot affected by phone or video communication? ...
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Birkat hatorah before Zohar study

According to Halacha, does the Berakha of Birkat hatorah have to be recited before Zohar study? Is it similar to the Talmud or tanakh in this respect?
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Wine made from fruits other than grapes

Wine can be made out of any fruit. What is the bracha of wine made from fruit other than grapes? May this wine be used for kiddush?
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Should you make a blessing over the spices if you temporarily can't smell? [duplicate]

It is customary to make a blessing before smelling spices during the Havdalah ceremony at the end of Shabbat. I have read this is supposed to lighten the end of Shabbat and give a pleasant smell to ...
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Jewish nachas (satisfaction)

What is the source of the phrase "a sach yiddishe nachas" ? Why specify 'jewish' ?
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Berachot over flavored vaping/e cigarettes

Does Halacha require making a beracha after flavored vaping? To my understanding, the consensus practice is there is none over smoking. But if a Jew vapes a flavored e cigarette, do they recite a ...
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Blessing on drinks made from the 7 species

According to Halacha, do drinks, such as for example pomegranate juice, made from the 7 species have the same Berakha of when you eat the 7 species or no? The reason I ask is because for example you ...
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What does this blessing say?

Besides the obvious 5784 in the top right corner :) , what does this blessing say?
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Standing positions during Birkhat Kohanim

The Rambam writes (משנה תורה, הלכות תפילה וברכת כהנים ט״ו) that people standing behind the Kohanim during birkhat Kohanim do not receive the beracha (and see Sotah 38b (here)): עַם שֶׁהֵם אֲחוֹרֵי ...
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Should you extinguish Chanukah candles that are still lit the next night?

If someone lit Chanukah candles with enough oil/wax to last more than 24 hours and now wants to light the same Hanukiah the next day with the original candle still burning what would the proper action ...
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Why do we say berachot on hanukah if it’s post-Torah [duplicate]

Since Hanukkah is not mentioned in the Torah, why do we say bercahot with hashem’s name, especially lehadlik ner which includes “asher kiddishanu bemitzvotav”. If hanukah is not part of the ...
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Friday night kiddush in shule - is this a bracha l'vatalla?

For those shules that have the minhag to make Kiddush in shule on Friday night - why is this not a bracha l'vatalla? Yes, I am aware that the Gemara mentions this was done in the shules in those days ...
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Blessing on an Aveira?

Would one make the birchas Ha'airusin and Sheva brachos if one was mesader kiddushin for a couple that were prohibited to marry by a negative prohibition in the Torah, but where kiddushin does take ...
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Blessing for softening hearts?

I am not certain if such a thing exists but does anyone know a prayer or blessing for the softening of the heart of parents. I am going through a lot in life and need their support but sadly they are ...
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Eating reduces spritual sensitivity and Yitzchak Avinu wanting a meal before giving his berachot - contradiction?

There is a principle in mussar that overeating desensitises/spoils our mood for learning and davening with kavana (see Hachsharat HaAvrechim ch.9 for example). E.g. if one is very into one's learning, ...
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Is there any special mitzvah connected with the upcoming “March for Israel” rally on November 14 at the National Mall in Washington DC?

Upon reflection, the last time there was a potentially world altering convergence of Jews in the United States was for the Freedom Sunday for Soviet Jewry Rally on December 6, 1987. It was estimated ...
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Shehecheyanu on eyeglasses

Does one recite the blessing/berakha of Shehecheyanu on getting new eyeglasses or no? As always, sources are always appreciated.
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Positioning of yaaleh veyavo

Why is "yaaleh veyavoh" after the blessing of רצה in 18 on normal days ? Additionally why is its postion changed during the yom tov tefilot ?
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The bracha on Hallel and interruption during the Crusades

The correct bracha on real Hallel (as opposed to Rosh Chodesh and the end of Pesach) is לגמור את ההלל. The Maharam advised people to instead say לקרוא את ההלל because if you say לגמור and then miss a ...
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Talking between lulav and hoshanos

Before the shofar blowing, usually there's an announcement not to make a hefsek until after the last tekios post-Musaf. Is there something similar for lulav? Should you not talk between the bracha ...
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Birkat Habanim (Blessing of the sons) on Shabbat Yom Tov, Shabbat Rosh Hashana and Shabbat Yom Kippur

Those who bless their sons in Birkat Habanim, every Sabbath evening when returning from synagogue. Should the father bless his sons on Shabbat on that falls on Yom Tov falls? and how will he behave ...
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Why can't we look at Birkat Kohanim if the Kohanim are covered by a tallit?

The Peninei Halacha writes (here) that: He should not look at the Kohanim or at anything else, so as not to distract his thoughts from the berachah (Shulchan Aruch 128:23; Mishnah Berurah 89). The ...
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Why do we say "shel Yom HaKippurim" for Yom Kippur candlelighting but "shel Yom Tov" for all other Yom Tovim?

I recognize that Yom Kippur is special, VERY special. But Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Pesach and Shavuot aren't exactly chopped liver, as the saying goes. And it is no more difficult to say "shel Rosh ...
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Baruch hu ubaruch shemo - why omitted sometimes?

Why is "Baruch hu ubaruch shemo" omitted during the reciting of certain brachot such as meggilah and shofar?
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What comes first - apple in honey or pomegranate?

If one is planning on eating the pomegranate, which is one of the seven species, during the meal on Rosh Hashanah, should he eat that first, or does the apple in honey come first?
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A medicinal drink turning into a pleasure drink mid-guzzle

I am not, to my knowledge, thirsty, but I need to take a pill with water, so I do so without a beracha (see Shulchan Aruch OC 204:7). As I swallow the pill, I realise that I am enjoying the water, and ...
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Why no brocho on geirushin?

B"H Brochos are said before doing (almost?) all mitzvos, specifically those connected with a specific action. Before getting engaged to a woman there is a brocho. It is a mitzvah that if one is ...
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Removing tefillin, Uva Letziyon, and יהי רצון שנשמור חקיך

There used to be, according to Minhag Eretz Yisrael, a bracha that was said on removing tefillin: אשר קדשנו במצותיו וצונו לשמור חקיו. The Shulchan Aruch rules not to say it, and as far as I know, ...
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Saying berachot "in your heart"?

It seems that l'chatchila one should say berachot out loud to fulfill one's obligation (see for example Shulchan Aruch here). The stipulation of the SA is that if the blessing is inaudible, one is ...
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Pidyon ha-Ben on multiple occasions? Blessing or not?

I once heard that a certain figure (I believe the GR"A but may be mistaken) made sure to redeem his son from different Kohanim upon meeting them at different junctures in his life. The idea being ...
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Is there a special blessing for wearing the Bigdei Kehuna?

Would the Kohanim recite a blessing upon wearing the Bigdei Kehunah, and if yes, what was it, and would they recite a blessing for each garment individually, or one for all of them?
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Different names for "Birchas Kohanim"

Where did the different names for the "priestly blessings" come from? Duchaning , Birkas Kohanim, Nesiat Kapayim etc..
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After-blessing for water that was covered by wine that was covered by bread

If one drank wine, and then drank water or juice, and forgot to bentch for what he drank, or if he did not need to bentch for the wine because it was from Kiddush, and then he had a meal right ...
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Honeysuckle Flower

Are they primarily for fragrant smell or for kids to taste the nectar? Do any of the Brochos Books discuss the honeysuckle for blessings for fragrance or for eating?
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After-blessing upon drinking during a meal, when no longer feeling satiated but thirst is still quenched

If one is no longer feeling satiated from the meal he had, for which he can no longer recite Birkas Hamazon, would he still need to recite Al Hagefen or Borei Nefashos for what he drank during his ...
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Does one need to have the water fountain running while reciting the blessing?

When one recites a blessing, the item upon which the blessing is recited must be in front of him. The question is: if one is drinking from a water fountain, would he need to have it running while ...
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Does an unnecessary blessing still count as a valid blessing?

If someone accidentally recited a blessing unnecessarily, e.g. he made a Berachah on a secondary ingredient for which he shouldn’t have, being that he already recited the Berachah for the main ...
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When can you make a bracha mentally?

The Taz to SA Orach Chaim 62:4 says in exigent cirumstances you can make a bracha mentally instead of verbalizing it: מזה יש ללמוד במי שצמא בלילה במטתו שא"א לו ליטול ידיו ולברך יהרהר הברכה בלבו ...
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Beracha of משנה הבריות for a dead animal?

Other questions, here and here, discuss saying the beracha of משנה הבריות when seeing various animals. Does the same apply if the animal is dead?*, ** Some examples where this can happen: 1) Seeing a ...
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Can I drink water in middle of the night without washing my hands?

If we are unable to say Hashem’s name with impure hands (in this case caused by sleeping) and I wake up in the middle of the night extremely thirsty, would I need to get out of bed and wash netilas ...
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