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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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Non-Jews being Yotzi on each other's brachot

We know that Jews are able to say brachot on behalf of each other due to the concept of "Kol Bnei Yisrael Aravim Ze-Le-Ze", or "All Jews are guarantors on behalf of one another", ...
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Chazon Ish understanding of "Baruch"

A recorded shiur from a Rav reported that the Chazon Ish held the kavana of the word "baruch" is "to praise" Hashem. After searching throughout the writings of the Chazon Ish on ...
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If you take a COVID "smell test" every day, do you say a blessing on the scent?

Background Some experts recommend that everyone test their own sense of smell once daily. This can help to screen for the novel coronavirus disease. This is because COVID often (but not always) ...
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Are there any drinks which a person would make the blessing of HaAdamah?

Are there any drinks which upon consumption a person would make the blessing of boreh pri HaAdamah?
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Is a man allowed to say a bracha for a woman if it is a mitzvat aseh shehazman grama and he has already fulfilled his mitzvah?

The Rama in Orach Chaim 589:6 states that a man may not say a bracha on the shofar for women who have not yet heard it, if he has already fulfilled his obligation. Why wouldn't the concept of arvut ...
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Blessings ברכות [duplicate]

I understand asking God for blessings. I understand blessing someone else or asking for a blessing for someone else. I do not understand why we bless God. Why would God need our blessing? This makes ...
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Should Baruch Hu Uvaruch Shemo ONLY be recited during blessings?

If one hears their friend reciting Torah verses, and says Hashem's name, should one recite BHUVS? Does this response only apply to brachot?
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Sit for blessings after food?

Someone told me to sit for grace after meals (the series of benedictions recited after eating a bread meal). Is that true? I mean, is there such an halachic obligation? or is it, at least, a nice ...
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Should One say Shehechyanu on world events?

The bracha of Shehechyanu (according to here) was instituted to be said "for uncommon or periodical occurrences and experiences, such as holidays and their mitzvot, fruits in their new season, ...
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After-beracha for yogurt and raisins

Let's say the yogurt is the majority, yet there is a kazayit of raisins. Lav dafka raisins. Does the yogurt act as ikkar with regards to the after-beracha as well (as stated here and here)? Is the ...
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Why do we change the order?

In the brochos before the Shema we have the in הַמֵּאִיר לָאָרֶץ the phrase וּבְטוּבו מְחַדֵּשׁ בְּכָל יום תָּמִיד מַעֲשֵׂה בְרֵאשִׁית with the word וּבְטוּבו the first word in that phrase. We then ...
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Asher Yatzar - Bircas HaShevach vs Bircas Hane'enin?

How do we define the bracha of Asher Yatzar? Is it to be viewed as a bircas hashevach as the whole blessing praises Hashem's creation of the human body and the capacity to relieve oneself Or, is it ...
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Should one sit for Asher Yatzar?

When saying Asher Yatzar, should one sit or stand?
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Why Isn't There a Tefila for Fertility?

Within Shmoneh Esrai we daven for everyone of these items below, except for childbirth. Why? R' Yochanan said: Three keys the Holy One blessed be He has retained in His own hands and not entrusted ...
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What is the Beracha on Goji Berries?

What is the beracha on goji berries? I tried looking at websites online but I could not find it anywhere online.
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According to the Rishonim who hold a Bracha Levatala is forbidden Min Hatorah, why do we need a category of Safek Brachot Lehakel?

If a Bracha Levatala (blessing in vain) is forbidden from Torah Law, why do we need a special category of Safek Brachot Lehakel? Almost all Brachot are Derabanan, and how could we do a safek mitzvah ...
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Food brachot before and after eating

Does a bracha said after eating a specific food rely on the food being eaten or on the bracha (and its intention) made at the beginning? If, hypothetically, I make a shehakol at the beginning and then ...
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Bracha on tzitzis

Why do we make a bracha on tzitzis that do not have techaylas? Since without techaylas we may not be properly fulfilling the mitzvah according to the Torah, then the rule should be "sofek ...
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Gendered text for Gomel

related to Bentching Ha-Gommel after a Birth Do women bentch gomel less often? According to some opinions, a woman can say the thanksgiving blessing ("bentch gomel") The text that one says ...
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Should one recite a bracha for non-kosher meals? [duplicate]

If a Jew who doesn’t keep kosher eats a meal (like non-kosher beef), is it permissible, forbidden or necessary to say some sort of brachot before and after eating? My initial guess would be no since ...
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New Beracha on Tzizit [duplicate]

If I already made a beracha on a talit katan but then I shower and then put on a new talit katan, do I make a new beracha?
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Aninut and food

After the death of a close relative and before the burial (or the cessation of involvement with the body) one is in a stage of Aninut. During that time, one is exempted (or even forbidden) from many ...
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Why does Asher Yatzar close with a different idea?

The bracha of Asher Yatzar acknowledges the creation of man and his inner workings. It begins by blessing Hashem as the one who formed man and put in him all the things that allow man to operate. It ...
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שהחיינו on baby girl vs הטוב והמטיב for a boy?

The Shulchan Arach (OC 223:1) writes: ילדה אשתו זכר מברך הטוב והמטיב So when you have a boy you make the brocho of הטוב והמטיב. Yet, with the birth of a girl the Mishna Berurah tells us that we ...
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Eating bread with jam, then eats only jam, would he recite a shehakol?

If one is spreading jam on bread and eating it, and then eats only jam, without bread, would he make a shehakol on the jam, or would this be covered by the hamotzi?
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Very Complicated Taz about Bracha on a Safek

I may be reading the Taz wrong in סימן סז, in אורח חיים, but it seems very perplexing to me. He writes: "לפי שכל דבר שהוא ספק של תורה מברכין עליו כמו בהפרשת דמאי." I thought that everyone agrees ...
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Bracha b'mitzvat tefillin on tefilla shel rosh

The bracha that appears in all modern siddurim that I'm aware of for the tefilla shel rosh (whether normally or in case of interruption between the two tefillin) ends with the phrase al mitsvat ...
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What bracha does one make on injera?

Injera is a fermented flatbread usually made out teff, a grass. It takes the place of bread at a meal and has the shape of bread (תוריתא דנהמא). Would one still make ha'adama on it?
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Must a kazayit be eaten immediately?

In order to recite an after-beracha —- take bread, for example —- must the full kazayit be eaten right after making the opening-beracha, or could one taste the bread and wait a period of time before ...
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Include "al hagefen" if just had a sip of grape juice when anyways saying me'ein shalosh

Sorry I don't have all the sources in front of me. The basic rule of blessings is that wine/grape juice, fruits from the seven species, and the five grain products get a special after blessing known ...
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Why do we have an explicit rule of Safek Brachos Lehakel if we already have a greater encompassing rule of Safek D'Rabanan L'kulah?

I understand that Safek brachos lehakel might simply be a corollary of Safek D'rabana L'kulah, however I assume there is some nafka minah between the two. The only reason we would have safek brachos ...
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Should one who has become Bar Mitzvah during Sefirah count with a bracha? [duplicate]

My younger brother is turning 13 during Sefirah. I am going to ask my Rabbi, but I am curious about the various opinions of our Gedolim.
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Can I use oak trees for Birkat Ilanot

I live where it's Iyar, April 28 and the few fruit trees I know which are apple haven't yet blossomed. But oak are plentiful and have long bloomed. I didn't find an answer in Yalkut Yosef or Yechave ...
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Blessing the Beasts

And…blessed them (Bereshis 1:22): Rashi: ויברך אותם: לפי שמחסרים אותן וצדין מהם ואוכלין אותם הוצרכו לברכה. ואף החיות הוצרכו לברכה, אלא מפני הנחש שעתיד לקללה, לכך לא ברכן, שלא יהא הוא בכלל: And He ...
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Distinguishing kamatz and patach in tefillin blessing

About the blessing when donning the tefillin Orach Chayim 25:7 says: יברך להניח בקמץ תחת הה"א ולא בפתח ובדגש:‏ He should bless lehaniach with kamatz under the hei and not with patach and dagesh. ...
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Bracha on one tefillin

Someone who only has one of the two tefillin can still don it even without the other. What Bracha does one make when donning one of the two teffilin? Does it matter which?
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Does the blessing on the karpas cover the pineapple eaten as dessert at the Pesach meal?

At the Pesach Seder, there is a custom to make a blessing “borei pri hoadomoh” on the karpas and have in mind that this will cover the moror when it is eaten later. There is a custom to make a ...
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Why is al achilat matzah only recited on the seder?

If Al Achilat Matzah is recited on the Mitzva of the Torah to eat Matzah on the night of Pessach, why don't we say it also during the 7 days of Pessach? As it is written "7 days you shall eat Matzot" ...
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What is the longest "short" bracha?

What is the longest "short" bracha? (By a short bracha I mean one that begins with baruach ata ha-shem ... and ends with the subject matter of the bracha, with no second baruch ata ha-shem.) (I am ...
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Halacha of moons disappearance during kiddish levanah?

I thought I’ve read somewhere the moon needs to be visible (although you don’t look up at it) the entirety of kiddish levanah, so when it’s completed and you look up, the moon is still visible. Does ...
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Beracha priority of Al Hamichya fruits

Are the “5 fruits of the land of Israel” automatically ikkar— even without majority— like mezonot?
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Hot chocolate during a meal

Would one need to make a separate bracha on hot chocolate that is drunk with the bread meal if one already made hamotzi, or does the hamotzi bracha cover it?
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"Good trees" grammar in the blessing on trees

I see* various versions of the blessing on seeing trees: most seem to refer to good trees as "אילנות טובות", while some refer to them as "אילנות טובים". (Grammatically, as far as I know, "טובים" is ...
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Baruch hu u'varuch shemo or Baruch Shemo?

It says in all the seforim (e.g. Orach Chayim 124:5) that one says "Baruch hu u'varuch shemo." But some people say "Baruch Shemo" instead. Is either one correct halachically, or only the former?
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What or is there a difference in Adonai and Adonoy?

I have just started learning Hebrew and I found a transliteration for the after meal blessing which includes Adonai and Adonoy; what is the difference between the two? “Baruch ha-gever asher yivtach ...
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What is the Torah perspective on our response to coronavirus? [duplicate]

What spiritual response does daas Torah (Rabbonim, Gedolim, etc.) suggest we should utilize in facing coronavirus? For instance, Rav Yisroel Reisman (Ki Sisa 5780) mentioned saying פיטום הקטורת and ...
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Why mention healing everyone after the restroom and Jews in the amida?

After we use the restroom, we recite a benediction praising God for our ability to do so. The benediction ends by referring to him as the one "who heals all flesh", viz all people. In the amida ...
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Bracha Acharona after Hesech HaDaas

When eating a bread meal one makes the decision to end the meal, clears the table but then decides to continue eating. Question: Does this constitute Hesech HaDaas? And if so, when saying a bracha ...
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Is there a connection between Rav Yehuda loving Israel and forbidding the ascent from Babylon to Israel?

The Talmud in Barachot 43a states the following: אמר ליה רב חסדא לרב יצחק האי משחא דאפרסמון מאי מברכין עלויה א"ל הכי אמר רב יהודה בורא שמן ארצנו א"ל בר מיניה דר' יהודה דחביבא ליה ארץ ישראל ...
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Making the blessing on wine for two people on shabbat morning, but only one needs kiddush

In general, I cannot say borei pri hagafen on behalf of another, if I'm not also drinking wine and making the blessing for myself as well. (Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 213:2) One exception to this ...
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