HaShoneh Halachos emails include two halachos per day, seven days a week (emails for Shabbos and Yom Tov are sent in advance). Material is based upon the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, with occasional elucidation from the Mishnah Brurah abd other sources. The text is not a direct translation but a paraphrase into easy-to-read, conversational English.

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385. Pickle Juice
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53:4 If one pickles vegetables like cucumbers, cabbage, etc., the bracha on the liquid in which they were pickled is shehakol. Even though the liquid is infused with the taste of the vegetables, the purpose of pickling is not to flavor the liquid; that’s just a side effect. However, if one ate the vegetable and […]
384. Soup vs. Juice
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53:2 If one cooks a fruit that it typically eaten raw, one would recite shehakol on its liquid. However, if a fruit is typically dried and cooked, and if it is planted for this purpose, then if one cooks them, the bracha on the liquid is ho’eitz, even if one does not eat the actual […]
383. Licorice
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52:18 The bracha on sugar is shehakol, even if one is sucking on sugar cane. This is also the case for cinnamon and licorice root, since one sucks out the flavor and spits out the main part. 53:1 On any fruit or vegetable that is squeezed to extract juice, the bracha on the juice is […]
382. Rice
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52:16 The brachos of ho’eitz and ho’adomah are only recited when an item is recognizable as produce. The bracha on something like jam that has been pulverized beyond recognition is shehakol. If, however, one recited the bracha that one would say on un-crushed produce, it is effective. If the most common way to eat a […]
381. Fruits That Only Contain Juice
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52:14 Some fruits, like certain types small of pears, naturally ripen after picking rather than on the tree. On such fruits, we recite ho’eitz because this is their natural way of ripening. 52:15 There are some fruits whose only edible part is the juice in their seeds. These are not eaten; the juice is sucked […]
380. Spoiled Fruit
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52:12 Over fruits that have not fully ripened on the tree, we recite shehakol. This is the case even if they were cooked, which is a normal way to prepare unripe fruit. However, if an esrog was fried in honey or sugar, one should recite the bracha of ho’eitz. 52:13 The bracha on withered fruit, […]
379. Eating Seeds of a Fruit
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52:10 The seeds of a fruit, if they are sweet (or otherwise good to eat – MB 202:23), their bracha is ho’adomah. (See Mishnah Brurah 202:23 for varying opinions. He says that all agree that if one eats the seeds after the fruit, the seeds are covered by the bracha on the fruit.) If they […]
378. Parts of the Tree Other Than Fruit
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52:8 Herbs that grow wild, even though they can be eaten raw and are considered a main item when cooked, nevertheless their bracha is shehakol. On the other hand, things like lettuce, which are planted and cultivated, are ho’adomah. If things that grow wild have significant fruits, like raspberries, their bracha is ho’adomah. 52:9 Something […]
377. Fruit That’s Inedible Raw
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52:6 Conversely, if produce tastes better raw than cooked, since cooking detracts from the flavor, the bracha is shehakol when cooked. Even if the item was cooked with meat, and the meat improved the flavor, the bracha is still shehakol because the meat is the main item. If, however, it is cooked so that the […]
376. Ho’adomah or Shehakol?
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52:4 We only recite the brachos of ho’eitz and ho’adomah over an item that is good to eat raw and that is typically eaten raw. If it is only eaten cooked – even though it could be eaten raw – then raw is not considered its main condition. In such a case, ho’eitz or ho’adomah […]