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R. Bachya (1255–1340) in Kad Ha-Kemach (Kitvei R. Bachya, Chavel ed., p. 166) writes: חוש המישוש לא תיקנו עליו ברכה לפי שאין לחוש הזה חלק בשכל כי כולו גופני היפך השכל The sense of touch has no brachot instituted for it, because this sense has no part in the intellect but is entirely physical, the opposite of the intellect. On the other hand, R. ...


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Sefer Otzar Palos HaTorah pg.161 brings down that no birkas hanehenin is said on Sotah water since it has a bad flavor. Rav Chaim Kaniefsky rules that one does not make a birkas hamitzvah on Sotah water. He brings a proof from Berachos 51b which says "one does not make a bracha on calamities". It is also noted that the Sotah who knows that she is ...


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A yeshiva.co article titled "Reciting Brachos in the Presence of Unpleasant Odors" addresses a very similar scenario: Only substances whose malodor results from decomposition prohibit reciting a bracha, but not inherently foul-smelling items, such as pitch (Chayei Odom 3:12; Mishnah Berurah 79:23). According to this ruling, one may recite a bracha in the ...


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The law that כל הברכות מברכין עובר לעשייתן - that one must bless before performing a mitzva - does not apply by Birchas Hareach uReiyah (and according to most opinions is unique to Birchas HaMitzvos; the reason Birchas Hanehenin must precede the consumption is because אסור להנות מעולם הזה בלא ברכה). According to some opinions, one must stand for Birchas ...


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One difference is that berachas on events are said after the fact (We say the beracha on thunder after we hear the thunder, on lightning after the lightning, Hagomel after being saved, etc). Berachas on mitzvos are almost always said before the fact-מברכים עובר לעשייתן (b’racha on hallel, Lulav, shofar, Megillah, etc). And berachas on pleasure are said ...


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Following up on @Ezra's question as to to whether a Birchas Hamitzvah is made, and adding support to @sam's answer which states that no Bircas Hamitzvah would be made: The Rivash (1326–1408) explicitly writes that a Bircas Hamitzvah wouldn't be recited on a Sotah drinking the water (Teshuvos HaRivash, siman 398): שאין מברכין על הקלקלה כמו שאין הכהן ...


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Sneezing and coughing is not something that you do every day all the time. People do go a day or two or more without sneezing or coughing. Urination and defecation on the other hand is a process that must go on every day all the time. If there is an obstruction then it is deadly. It is basically the only big plumbing activities that we consciously do every ...


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From Hilchot Sefirat Haomer from Rav Mordechai Eliahu נשאלה השאלה בענין קטן שלא היה בר חיובא בתחילת הספירה, ונעשה בר חיובא באמצע ימי הספירה, האם יכול לברך מהאמצע, או שמא כיון שבתחילה לא היה בר חיובא, הרי שחסר באותה שנה ב'תמימות', ולא יוכל לספור בברכה, או שמא אמרינן שכיון שהתחיל בקטנות בברכה, יכול להמשיך ולא חסר ב'תמימות' (אותו נדון ניתן לשאול לגבי גר ...


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Were אשר נתן לנו to be instituted, it would stand to reason that it should be said after learning, as it is by leining, rather than before. Now, Berachos 21a actually proposes that one should make a Beracha after learning: אמר רבי יוחנן למדנו ברכת התורה לאחריה מן ברכת המזון מקל וחומר וברכת המזון לפניה מן ברכת התורה מקל וחומר ברכת התורה לאחריה מן ברכת ...


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To add to AviSch's answer, this article (Hebrew) from Tzohar has an anecdote which may shed some light on why Hanotein Teshuah was replaced soon after the establishment of the state. על הזיקה בין שתי התפילות ניתן לעמוד מסיפור אישי שמביא פרופ' דב סדן באחד ממאמריו. סדן, אחד מחשובי החוקרים של הספרות העברית והתרבות היהודית, מספר כי ביום שלאחר הכרזת המדינה ...


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