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I would venture to say that the two out of three which we do pray for, rain and techias hameisim, are completely out of our ability to control. Having children, however, is something which humans are involved in. Now of course this begs the question what about other brachos in Shmona Esrei which are also accomplished through human action, at least sometimes, ...


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R. Asher Weiss suggests here: יש מקום לומר דברכה לבטלה חמור טפי ודומה לשבועת שוא דיש בהם נשיאת ה' לשוא מחמת דין השבועה והברכה וחשיבותן, משא"כ באזכרה בעלמא, ועדיין צ"ע.‏ One could argue that a blessing in vain is more serious [than merely mentioning G-d's Name] and is similar to an oath in vain, as they both involve invoking G'd's Name heedlessly, ...


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Penei Yehoshua to Berachot 12a writes: הא דקיי"ל בעלמא ספיקא דרבנן לקולא לאו כלל גמור הוא דהא בכמה דוכתי פוסק הש"ס לחומרא אף בדרבנן היכי דאיכא טעמא That which we rule in general that sefeika derabbanan lekula is not an absolute principle, as there are many places where the Talmud rules stringently even in a derabbanan, where there is reason to do ...


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Before suggesting some actual answers to the question, I will point out two contrasting opinions that essentially strengthen the question, by answering (in one form or another) ein hachi nami: Rabbeinu Manoach (quoted in Beit Yosef Orach Chaim 67) says that the reason we don't repeat berachot miderabannan (i.e. why we apply safek berachot lehakel) is because ...


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According to the excellent article cited by @Kazi b there is debate over whether the Goji Berry bush is halachically considered a tree or a vegetable. The Shulchan Aruch rules that in all such cases where we are unsure whether ha'eitz or ha'adamah would be the proper blessing, we use ha'adamah, which l'chatchila covers vegetables and b'devied covers tree ...


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Bracha Rishona and Bracha Acharona are two separate categories that are not connected. For example, rice is mezonos and borei nefashos at the same time. So a mistake in one would not affect the other.


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According to (almost) all Rishonim, the Mitzvot of Techelet and Lavan are not Meakev each other (i.e., you can do one without the other), based on the Mishnah in Masechet Menachot. There is only one (that I know of) Rishon who disagrees, the Baal Hamaor (on Rif in Masechet Shabbat). He is said to have never worn tzitzit in his life for this reason. Rav ...


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The opening Mishnah in Perek Hatecheiles (Menachos 38a) states: התכלת אינה מעכבת את הלבן והלבן אינו מעכב את התכלת THE [ABSENCE OF THE] BLUE [IN THE FRINGES] DOES NOT INVALIDATE THE WHITE, NEITHER DOES THE [ABSENCE OF THE] WHITE INVALIDATE THE BLUE (Soncino translation; capitals in original) Rashi there explains: ואע"ג דמצוה לתת תכלת ב' חוטין בציצית ...


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