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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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For situations where the halacha is based on one's personal preferences, should one adapt his preference to be more “choshuv”

My specific example is with ice cream sandwiches. According to the common holding that one says shehakol if the ice cream is the ikkur but mezonot if the biscuit is the ikkur, should one make an ...
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Reward for saying Asher Yatzar

Is saying Asher Yatzar, the blessing after using the bathroom, something that one will get rewarded for? Will one get rewarded for each time he said Asher Yatzar? Please cite sources.
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Blessing on orange juice after eating an orange

Say someone ate an orange and now wants to drink orange juice. The regular blessing on orange juice is sheakol (see e.g., here) although there is some opinion it might be haeitz if the oranges were ...
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Shiur Brocha Achrona 2 different foods

If I eat less than a k’zayis of cake; and less than a k’zayis of grapes; do I make a brocha Achrona? And if I do; is it Borei Nefushois, or Ahl Hamichya V’ahl hu’aitz?
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How sick does one have to be to qualify for a “Mi Shebberach”? [duplicate]

Are there guidelines about how sick you have to be to be included in the mi shebberach list read during the torah service? A cold? Bronchitis? The flu? Pneumonia? I'm not asking about private ...
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Discrimination in Yakov's blessings to his sons

Yaakov had learned "the hard way" what his discrimination of his sons leads to. The Gemmorah (Shabbos 10b) rules that: "... אמר רב לעולם אל ישנה אדם בנו בין הבנים שבשביל משקל שני סלעים מילת שנתן ...
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When was Birkat haTorah composed and added to the liturgy?

Do we know when Birkat haTorah was composed and added as an obligatory blessing to be said before learning Torah? Is it just something done by Anshei Knesset haGedolah or do we have any other ...
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Halachic status of ישמך אלקים כאפרים וכמנשה

Yaakov blessed Ephraim and Menashe by stating that future generations would bless their children by saying "ישמך אלקים כאפרים וכמנשה" - "God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh" (Gen. 48:20). Was this ...
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Where is “Hefsek” defined first?

I am looking for the initial mention of the word "Hefsek" where it refers to a gap or interruption between saying a blessing and carrying it out. Shulchan Aruch, Orech Chaim, 167:6 discusses how ...
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What blessing does one make on non-kosher food? [duplicate]

Is a blessing made on non-kosher food that one is normally forbidden (אסור) to eat when one is in an exceptional circumstance? (like for example, starving and without other food) The food becomes ...
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If one makes a bracha on something not Kosher should he eat it to avoid saying G-d's name in vain or not?

If one makes a bracha on something not Kosher (meat and milk,chicken and milk, pork…) should he eat it to avoid saying G-d's name in vain or not?
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Why don't we add special Holiday sections to Al Hamichya on Purim or Chanukah? [duplicate]

Much like Birkat Hamazon, there are special Holiday sections added to Al Hamichya on all of the Yom Tov days that do not involve fasting. Unlike Birkhat Hamazon, however, Purim and Chanukah are not ...
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What bracha should be made when smelling soap?

I'm assuming that when one showers / bathes and uses a bar of soap but isn't concentrating on the smell, he would not need to make a bracha. (There is a similar M.Y. question about needing to make a ...
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Bracha after consuming food

If one eats pizza and is 100% certain he did not say the bracha for it, may he still say it? Explanation: Eating a piece of pizza, realizing you didn’t say the bracha, and saying the bracha before ...
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Can one use a clove-studded etrog for havdallah?

I have seen a few people encrust their "used" etrog with cloves and smell this during the havdallah service. Is this permissible? The reason I think this is a problem: The bracha on smelling the ...
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Sources for receiving blessing through Mitzvot

I am searching for sources for the concept that a Jew keeping the Mitzvot will ultimately bring blessing to / not keeping the Mitzvot will bring destruction to: A) himself/herself B) the Jewish ...
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ברכות switch between 2nd and 3rd person

Why in a ברכה for a commandment (for example, hand washing, Tefillin etc.) do we switch between 'You' ברוך אתה and 'His' במצותיו ? Why don't we say במצותיך ?
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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?