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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 […]
375. Shehakol
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52:2 On things that do not grow from the ground, like meat, fish, milk, and cheese, we recite the bracha of shehakol. We also recite shehakol on all drinks other than wine and olive oil. (We even recite shehakol on fruit juice – Orach Chaim 202:8 and Mishnah Brurah 202:47.) The word “nihiyeh” in the […]
374. Borei Pri Ho’eitz
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51:15 If someone ate or drank and then brought up what he ate, he should not say the concluding bracha; this is considered like one who already digested his food. 52:1 On fruit that grows on trees, we recite the bracha “borei pri ho’eitz.” For produce that grows from the ground, like vegetables, beans, corn, […]
373. Reciting Concluding Brachos
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51:13 After eating something, we’re not supposed to leave our place or get involved with some other activity until we’ve recited the concluding bracha, as a safeguard against forgetting. (One may leave with the intention of returning immediately – Shaarei Tziyon 178:26.) However, if one did leave his place, he can recite borei nefashos in […]
372. Borei Nefashos
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51:11 There is a difference of opinion regarding the bracha of borei nefashos. Some authorities say the text is “al kol mah sheboraso” (“all that You created”), while others say it is “al kol mah shebora” (“all that He created”). The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch prefers the latter text but the former is more prevalent today. […]
371. More About the Bracha Mei’ein Shalosh
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51:9 We mention Shabbos, yom tov and Rosh Chodesh as applicable in the bracha mei’ein shalosh but if one forgot to do so, he does not repeat the bracha. 51:10 In 44:6, we discussed ways in which one must act during bentching. For example, one must sit to bentch and not recite it walking around. […]
370. The Bracha Mei’ein Shalosh
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51:7 The seven special species of Israel as per Deuteronomy 8:8 are wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates. (The reference to honey in that verse is date honey, not bees’ honey.) Deuteronomy 8.9-10 continues by calling Israel “a land where you will not eat bread in poverty” and saying that we should “eat, […]
369. Foods Combining After a Delay
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51:5 Let’s say that someone ate half a k’zayis, waited a bit, then ate another half a k’zayis. Do they still combine to form a full k’zayis? That depends. If the time in between the two half measures was within “k’dei achilas pras” – that is, the standard length of time that it takes to […]