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

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Is one allowed to make Berachos after saying the bedtime Shema? [duplicate]

As recorded in the sources cited here, most Poskim say that one may not speak after saying the bedtime Shema, and some say even after saying Hamapil. Let’s say that one hears thunder after saying ...
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Practical halacha on when to bentch gomel (not why) [duplicate]

What are the preferred or allowable to times to bentch gomel, assuming you have had an experience that warrants it. For example. which of the following is preferred or allowed: 1. After completing an ...
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Is the bracha of shecheyanu for buying new items said when buying medical equipment which he hopes he will never need to use?

Is the bracha of shecheyanu for buying new items (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 223:6; Mishnah Berurah 223:13) said when buying medical equipment which he hopes he will never need to use? If someone ...
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What are the angels doing in the blessing on light?

In the Yotzer Ohr prayer, we praise God for creating the light. It then moves on to an interlude about the ministering angels. What does that have to do with the light?
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Multiple people saying blessing over candles when one lights

Scenario: Erev Shabbat, the woman of the house lights the candles, and then the husband and children join on the blessing. Is this permissible? Is this a custom? If it is, what is the source of this ...
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Does learning / teaching Mussar, (Jewish ethics) without quoting Torah texts, require Birchas Hatorah? [duplicate]

Does learning or teaching Mussar (Jewish ethics) without quoting Torah texts, require Birchas Hatorah? There are many types of Mussar, like someone telling another person what the Jewish ideology is ...
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Why is Baruch-Hu-Uvaruch-Shmo answered only in the brachos after the Haftorah, but not in the bracha before?

As far as I recall, the minhag in all Ashkenaz shuls which I have ever attended, was not to answer Baruch-Hu-Uvaruch-Shmo to the name of Hashem in the Bracha which is said before the Haftorah, but in ...
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If the Kesubah was read immediately following the birkas eirusin, before the kedushin took place, must the bracha be repeated?

If, at a wedding, the Kesubah (marriage contract) was read immediately following the birkas eirusin, before the kedushin took place, must the bracha be repeated, because of the hefsek (interruption) ...
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Why not cover yourself when saying a b'racha in a Mikveh?

From Adam and Chava people started to cover the nakedness of the body. But how come one can say a blessing in a Mikveh while being naked?
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Answering Amen to Shelo Asani Isha

(I realize there are some similar questions, but I believe not dupes...) Asking for a friend: If a woman is present while a man is saying Shelo Asani Isha, is there any reason she should not answer ...
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Looking for a source whether one should say “Shecholak Mechochmaso Lireav” when seeing a G-d fearing woman who has alot of Torah wisdom? [duplicate]

Does anyone here have a source which might show whether or not one should say the bracha שחלק מחכמתו ליראיו Shecholak Mechochmaso Lireav when seeing a G-d fearing woman who has alot of Torah wisdom? ...
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What bracha should one make on a Payday candy bar?

From this Wikipedia page: PayDay is a candy bar consisting of salted peanuts rolled in caramel surrounding a firm nougat-like center. For those unfamiliar with it, you can see a picture of it on ...
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If one doesnt have a kippah should he make a bracha?

If one doesn't have a kippah (or anything to cover his head) should he eat without making a bracha or not make one at all?
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Does anyone say Tefillas Haderech when traveling by foot?

LOOKING FOR A MA'ASEH RAV: As far as I know, the obligation to say Tefillas Haderech is applicable to all modes of travel, whether by foot or with a vehicle of any kind. Does anyone know of any Rav/...
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Is there any minimum age of “seeing”, which causes one not to be able to say the bracha Meshane Habriyos on subsequesnt sightings

Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 225:8 -----------שולחן ערוך אורח חיים סימן רכה סעיף ח הרואה...ואת הפיל ואת הקוף מברך בברוך אתה ה' אלקינו מלך העולם משנה הבריות: When one sees...a monkey or an ...
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Should one make a blessing when smelling fruit / vegetable vapors?

From this site: The bracha one recites over a pleasant fragrance depends on its source. If the fragrance comes from a produce that is fit to eat, whether it’s the fruit of a tree or of the ...
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If you make the bracha of shehacol over a food that is haetz do you need to make another bracha?

If someone makes the bracha of shehacol over a food that is haetz does he need to make another bracha?
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Morning blessing before Shema - why “Borei et Hakol” and not “Borei Ra”?

The first blessing before the reading of the Shema in the morning prayer starts with בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה', אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעולָם, יוצֵר אור וּבורֵא חשֶׁךְ. עשה שָׁלום וּבורֵא אֶת הַכּל. ...
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Why is it customary not to say the Bracha for seeing “Kivrei Yisrael” (Jewish Graves) when visiting the Me'aras Hamachpela?

Why is it customary not to say the Bracha for seeing "Kivrei Yisrael" (Jewish Graves) when visiting the Me'aras Hamachpela? (Graves of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs in Hebron). The same seems too be ...
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If one said shehecheyanu on a fruit, and later reminded himself that he had eaten it previously that seasons, Is his brachah a Brachah L'vatala?

If one said the bracha of shehecheyanu on a fruit, thinking that he had not eaten it that season yet, and afterward reminded himself that he had eaten it previously that seasons, is his brachah a ...
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Continuing seuda in new place

Can i continue my hamotzi seuda in a place I didn't have in mind when I washed/started eating? If so, do I need to have a kzayis of bread in that place, or just a kzayis of anything in the meal? ...
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Safek berachot lehakel limits

Chacham Benzion Abba Shaul notes in Or Letzion Chelek Bet (14:16) that if someone was eating a fruit and he was unexpectedly brought another fruit, he says another beracha if it was from either the ...
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Why is asking for a bracha allowed?

It seems that it has become a universal Jewish custom to ask for blessings from tzadikim/talmidei chachamim. So I'm assuming this practice is allowed. There seems to be levels in how people treat ...
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Is there a source for standing during ברכות השחר (from אשר נתן לשכוי through הגומל חסדים…) as many have the custom of doing?

What is the source, (if any), for standing during ברכות השחר (from אשר נתן לשכוי through הגומל חסדים...)? If citing a source from a Sefer please try to quote the words of the Sefer, rather than just ...
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When to appreciate the miracle of the body

Why doesn't one recite asher yatzar after coming back from a dangerous operation? Surely this is also an apt time for giving thanks for the miracle of the body!
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Is air volume counted as part of the kezayit for Birkat Hamazon?

Poori is an Indian bread that puffs when it is hot. When measuring the kezayit olive size of bread that is the minimum to require Birkat Hamazon, does one include the volume of air in the food, or ...
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Did Yaakov bless his daughter Dina?

In parshat Vayechi Yaakov blesses (almost) all his children. There is no mention of him giving a blessing to his daughter Dina. I would like to know if there is any recording of a blessing from Yaakov ...
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When to make the bracha when separating challah

When should one make a bracha when separating "challah" from a dough? I'm assuming like almost all mitzvas it's to be done "before" the mitzvah. One has the dough prepared in front of them, they make ...
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May a Non Jew count the Omer?

May a non Jew count the Omer? May he count if he is in the process of converting? If he May does he count with blessing or without?
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Does other food combine to a c'beitza for the bracha of netilas yadayim?

It's a well known halacha that if one intends to eat less than a k'zais of bread then one doesn't make a bracha on al netilas yadayim. This comes up sometimes on Pesach when there's not enough Matzah ...
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How safe does 'travelling' need to be to revoke Tefillat HaDerech?

There is a discussion as to whether the amount of time or the distance traveled generates the obligation to say Tefillat HaDerech. The reasons being either because travelling far could lead to ...
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Blessings without God's name

When I was growing up, in a Sephardic community, the hazzan would sometimes read a blessing as follows: "Baruch atta -- [pause] -- (rest of blessing)". I never understood why he just paused instead ...
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What is the Hebrew text for this prayer?

According to the Wikipedia article about the Christian "Lord's Prayer," A blessing said by some Jewish communities after the evening Shema includes a phrase quite similar to the opening of the Lord'...
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Is eating one whole olive considered as eating a kezayit?

Is eating one whole olive considered as a kezayit (for the purposes of a bracha acharona)? Or is the pit, which most people do not eat, not considered - making only the remainder of the olive (which ...
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Beracha on hallel on in a shul where they dont make a beracha [duplicate]

If an ashkenazi davens in a shul where the minhag is not to make a beracha on half hallel on rosh chodesh or the last 6 days of pesach, should they still make a beracha on hallel?
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Is a meal bracha over dairy forbidden if the Jew in question still has meat in their stomach?

Obviously, the functional answer is you eat parve and wait for the allotted time period to pass so that one may eat dairy. I'm in no way challenging conventional dietary law. This question is simply ...
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Dagesh at end of בראת

I noticed that in borei nefashot in the Artscroll Siddur and in the Koren Siddur the tav in word בראת has no dagesh. I was under the impression that the tav suffix for second person masculine past ...
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After bracha on foods grown in Israel or not [duplicate]

The bracha after fruits from Israel is al peroseha, as opposed to the after bracha on fruit grown outside Israel, which is al hapereros (TB Brachot 44A). Is there a similar different wording for wine ...
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What brachot on date honey?

What bracha rishona and bracha acharona should be said on date honey?
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Why do we thank G-d for giving the rooster understanding?

In the morning blessings, we thank G-d for various things. We thank Him for "opening the eyes" (poke'ach ivrim), "releasing the bound" (matir asurim), "straightening the bent" (zokef k'fufim), etc. ...
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Does partial shome'a ke'one work?

There is a halachic idea called shome'a ke'one, that says that (in certain circumstances) one who listens silently to another who says a blessing can fulfil their obligation thereby. Different ...
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SheLo Asani Goy

Who Created the bracha: SheLo AsaNi Goy? I don't know which rabbi created it exactly and I would like to know who it was.
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Why aren't there more Birchot Hanehenin? [duplicate]

According to the gemara (B'rachot 35) "If one benefits from this world without blessing, it is as if he steals from Hash-m" and the discussion then applies this to a variety of blessings we are to say ...
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Tallit - to bless or not to bless?

My family has a hanhagah (practice) not to make a berachah on a tallit when putting the same beged on a second time in the same day. However, I’ve seen many others carefully make another berachah when ...
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Is a silent/mental bracha considered valid?

It appears to be the custom everywhere to say brachot out loud that others can hear. However, I recall that Shimon Bar Yochai in the Gemara prescribes saying your brachot very quietly and in all ...
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Can an Onain say Amen if he hears a Bracha?

Can an Onain say Amen if he hears a Bracha? I know one who is an Onain is not obligated to say Amen just like an Onain is not obligated to make brachos at all but should he avoid saying it?
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Bracha of Matziv Gevul Almanah

In which practically applicable situation(s) (if ever) nowadays would one make the Beracha of מציב גבול אלמנה? I'm looking for a Halachic definition of which places would qualify, when the Beracha ...
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Pronunciation of הגפן when drinking alone

The blessing over wine, בורא פרי הגפן is pronounced differently between Ashkenazim and Sefardim. Ashkenazim say hagafen; Sfardim hagefen. There seem to be a couple possibilities for why. According to ...
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Blessing over a wine-water mix

Someone I know likes to mix (commercial) grape juice or wine with water or seltzer and drink the result. Of course, the first of those two ingredients normally requires "hagafen" and "al hagefen", ...
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Can an item toveled by someone non-religious be used?

If a cooking pot was expressly intentionally toveled in a kosher mikva by someone who is not religious (intentionally does not keep shabbat, kosher etc.) and did not make a blessing, but followed all ...