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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 […]
368. Foods Combine for Concluding Brachos
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51:3 Some authorities maintain that if one ate a complete entity in its entirety, such as a single nut or a single bean, then he would recite a concluding bracha even though it is not the size of an olive. Other authorities disagree, so it would be advisable to avoid a doubtful situation by not […]
367. Borei Nefashos
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51:1 After eating fruits that grow on trees – except for the seven special species of Israel – and vegetables that grow from the ground, we recite the bracha of borei nefashos. Even if one both ate and drank, a single bracha suffices for everything. (Mishnah Brurah 207:1 says that if one accidentally said “al […]
366. Large Rooms, Fenced-In Gardens
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50:15 Moving from place to place within the same room, even if it’s a very large room, is not considered a change of location. (This is true even if one can’t see his original spot from his new seat because his view is blocked by a partition – Mishnah Brurah 178:9.) 50:16 If one is […]
365. Changing Locations
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50:13 Regarding any food other than bread (and the seven species of Israel – Mishnah Brurah 178:45), if one changed location while eating, even though his attention was not diverted, it is considered as if it was. Therefore, if he ate or drank in one room and then went to another room to finish there, […]