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Questions tagged [blessing]

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

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Davening near a cemetery

As suggested by DoubleAA on this similar but more unusual question. If you go to a cemetery and haven't been to one recently, you say a bracha: ברוך אתה ה' אלקינו מלך העולם אשר יצר אתכם בדין וזן ...
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Rainbow on Rosh Hashana

The bracha on a rainbow is the subject of a disagreement on Brachos 59a. The Gemara brings זוכר הברית unattributed, Rabbi Yishmael the son of Rabbi Yochanan ben Beroka says נאמן בבריתו וקים במאמרו, ...
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Hypothetical Halacha — Is “Leishayv Basukkah” an interruption of a brocha on Shmini Ateres (if said by mistake)?

This case happened to me over the past Shemini Atzeres, and even though it's over now, I was still curious about the halacha. I was so used to saying Laysheiv Basukkah the entire Sukkos, so on the ...
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Bracha while hiking in a scented forest

Lets' say one is a hiking in a forest which emits a combination of scents coming from mangoes as well as pine trees or other non-fruit trees. The scents are mixed. What blessing should one make? ".. ...
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why do kohanim make a bracha on birkat kohanim if they are safek kohanim?

If Kohanim nowadays are safek kohanim how can they make a bracha on Birkat kohanim isn't the rule "safek brachot le'hakel"?
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What blessing is recited before eating hearts of palm?

What blessing is recited before eating hearts of palm and what are the reasons behind the different opinions?
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Blessing for lulav and esrog [duplicate]

Why do we recite the blessing with the words al netilat lulav and not al netilat etrog (or using both), or al daled minim?
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Does an Ashkenazi lady say a bracha on netilat lulav on the first day of Sukkot if the lulav is borrowed?

An Ashkenazi woman wants to shake the 4 species on the first day of Sukkot. Her husband doesn't have a lulav. She goes to a friend who has a lulav, and without his knowledge (and active transfer of ...
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What Bracha do you make on an acai bowl?

What Bracha do you make on an acai bowl? These bowls usually contain yogurt, berries, and granola. Here is a link for reference: Acai Bowl
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Is someone allowed to say a bracha while walking?

Are there any sources that allow/prohibit saying brachot while walking?
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Gemar Hatima Tova vs. Hatima Tova vs. Gemar Tov

When do we wish Gemar Hatima Tova , Hatima Tova and Gemar Tov? What are the differences between the three? Does it relate to the High Holiday schedule?
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Text of final blessing following haftarah of Yom Kippur

In my (nusach ashkenaz) machzor for Yom Kippur, the final blessing after the haftarah of shacharit concludes: ודברך אמת וקיים לעד. ברוך אתה ה' מלך מוחל וסולח לעוונותינו וכו'‏ And Your word ...
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Saying the Wrong Bracha at First

Let’s say, one just did Netilat yadaim and then makes the bracha and says “Al Mitzvat Tzizit” accidentally, but then corrects himself and says “Al Netilat Yadaim”, does this count as a bracha made in ...
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Agreement of nouns and adjective in Rosh HaShana greeting

If addressing more than one person, would one say Ktivot V'chatimot Tovot in place of the common "k'tiva vachatima tova" to achieve agreement between the adjective and its nouns? Why or why not? ...
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Can the blessing She-ha-kol be used for ALL foods before eating them?

There are several blessings we say before eating, depending on the food (ha-motzi, ha-etz, ha-adamah, ha-gefen, mezonot), but we say she-ha-kol for foods not in these categories. Would there be ...
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When is “Borei Isvei Besamim” said?

I have always thought that the bracha בורא עשבי בשמים is limited to fragrant "herbs" that are used in cooking and perfumes. Thus, you would say it on smelling parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme (and, ...
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Bracha on a bread-based dessert

Our local gourmet pizza establishment writes on the blackboard that "The Pizza is Hamotzi." Clear enough. (Maybe.) But then, they also serve a thing called "dessert pizza," which is their usual pizza ...
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Can a person who died count to a minyan?

There are many stories, such as an account that one year when there was a person missing for the minyan in Chevron for the Yamim Neoraim Avraham Avinu showed up to be the tenth, (an angel? with Rav ...
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Birchas Hachama and the world being created in Tishrei

Birchas Hachama is said once every 28 years. According to Wikipedia it is said when the sun has returned to ts original position when the world was created. Jewish tradition says that when the Sun ...
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Blessing “אשר חלק מכבודו” on father or Rabbi?

The Gemmorah in Kiddushin (30b) brings the idea of the analogy between honoring Hashem and honoring one's father (and mother). "ת"ר נאמר (שמות כ, יב) כבד את אביך ואת אמך ונאמר (משלי ג, ט) כבד את ה' ...
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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 ...