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Question No. 2086
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 25 Dec 2013
The Question If a chunk of the ceiling fell right next to me and almost injured me, should I bench HaGomel with Shem and Malchus? Likewise, if a rocket fell on a room and Baruch Hashem everyone was saved? —Aryeh Schechter, United States
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Question No. 1989
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 22 Nov 2012
The Question I read in the Kitzur Shulhan Aruch about washing hands before eating bread that it is preferable to wash our hands twice. We are to wash our hands once, say the bracha, then wash a second time. I think everybody that I know, and how I learned it, is to wash on each hand twice starting with the right hand and then afterwards say the bracha Al Netilas Yadaiyim. Why do we not do the washing as it is stated in the Kitzur Shulhan Aruch? Look forward to your reply. —Shoshana H., U.S.
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Question No. 1975
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 25 Mar 2012
The Question My married sister does not cover her hair. Are there any problems that this raises for me? For example, when she comes over for a Shabbos meal, do I have any halakhic issues with bentching when she is at the table? Are there any other problems that the Rav sees that I might be missing? —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 1933
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 26 Oct 2011
The Question apparently on my father's side i am a direct descendant of King Edward iii of England and Jacquetta of Luxembourg. King Edward iii is the 17th Great Grandparent of Queen Elizabeth ii and through Jaqcquetta of Luxembourg apparently i am related to at least 7 other European Royal families. My question, when they say the Brachoh for the Queen of England and then they say "all the royal family", does that include myself and my family? Thank you for you time to answer my shailoh. —Anonymous, Gibraltar
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Question No. 1925
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 4 Sep 2011
The Question In hutz l'Aretz, there is a tree (Moringa oleifero - latin name)whose leaves and fruits are eaten as a vegetable and are only eaten cooked. Now, it is grown here in Eretz Israel. What is the bracha for it and does it follow the orlah halacha? tizco l'mitzvot. —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 1919
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 27 Aug 2011
The Question Which Brocha comes first, the Brocha on Thunder or Lightning? —Anonymous, Brooklyn, NY
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Question No. 1676
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 6 Jul 2009
The Question B'Kavod Ha'Rav When making a bracha, does one have to hear oneself or may one just move his lips? Is one le'chatchila and one b'dieved? If one has children, should he make brachos loud enough that they can hear them? Thank you. —Anonymous, United States
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Question No. 1668
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 28 Jun 2009
The Question Kevod Harav Leff, I continue to enjoy your website! It is stated clearly in Shulchan Aruch 187:3 that mentioning Bris Mila and the Torah is an essential requirement of the 2nd brocho of Bircas Hamazon, and one must go back in case of omission. Interestingly though, these 2 points are not mentioned in the Broche of Me'ein Shalosh, which is supposed to be modelled after Bircas Hamazon. A similar point can be made with respect to mentioning the kingship of the House of David in the 3rd blessing, which is necessary, as ruled in 188:3. Nevertheless, we don't mention David Hamelech in the Brocho Me'ein Shalosh. Therefore, it seems that essential points are 'lacking' in this brocho. I hope you can eleborate on this. —Jitschak Joseph, Amstelveen, The Netherlands
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Question No. 1616
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 10 Feb 2009
The Question A friend of mine posed a challenging question to me: "In Yeshiva he drinks a cup of coffee before he davens then after davening he returns to a the coffee room and gets another coffee to drink. Is there such thing as Hafsek Hadas besides a long sleep or the change of place? (He thinks he shouldn't say another brocha because he hasn't found a source for any din of hafsek hadas by brachas on foods.) I thought that since one can't drink during shema or other parts of tefila it would be a hefsake hadas? —Melech Wosk, Far Rockaway NY USA 11691
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Question No. 1603
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 2 Feb 2009
The Question When bentching with a zimun, usually only the last words of the 4th bracha are said out loud ("umekol tuv leolam al yechasreinu"). Why is it ok to answer "amen" to this bracha when the "baruch ata Hashem ... " are not heard by anyone? —David Slotkin, Queens, NY
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Question No. 1598
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 18 Jan 2009
The Question Shalom. Can you elaborate on the halachot of Kriat Shema al Hamita? I realize that one should not speak after saying Hamapil, but should this prevent a person from saying it? Our children say Shema and V'ahavta every night, but we have never had them say Hamapil because we never know when we're going to speak after that and before falling asleep. Recently, I brought it up with my wife that we should teach the kids to say it, but she holds that since they inevitably talk before they fall asleep, they shouldn't say it. What does the Rav say? —Anonymous, Gibraltar
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Question No. 1567
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 4 Dec 2008
The Question I and others I know make kiddush standing. My father does the same. Someone told me I am not allowed to be motzi others while standing. Is this correct? I know many who are motzi others while standing, I thought it was okay. Should I consider changing my ways? —Melech Wosk
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Question No. 1369
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 9 Jul 2007
The Question What is the halacha if I eat something that requires a borei nefashos after it, and then wish to chew gum? In other words, if I were to eat, say, an apple and then chew gum, do I make a bracha achrona on the apple and then another shehakol after for the gum? Or would that be a bracha livatala? —Anonymous, canada
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Question No. 1365
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 6 Jul 2007
The Question Which bracha is recited first, on thunder or lightning? —Sim, Brooklyn
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Question No. 1342
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 21 Mar 2007
The Question Someone washed Netilas Yadaim for Seouda. If he spoke before making Hamotzi should he wash his hands again (of course without making a beracha)? After looking in the Mischna Berura it seems that if his he "guarded" his hands he should not. Could you confirm this? BeBirkas HaTorah —Alex Nordmann, Strasbourg, France
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Question No. 1338
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 20 Mar 2007
The Question What bracha should be made on a rice cake? Amongst us in the office, we have heard that some hold HaAdama and some hold Mezonos. Can the Rav discuss the various Shittos? Best Regards. —Henry Schein Team, Telz-stone
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Question No. 1332
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 14 Mar 2007
The Question Kvod Harav, one pretty simple question but that seems to have different opinions in different sidurims. I know that you're not supposed to say Amen to your own Beracha, but why at the end of Boreh Nefashot do we say Amen? Is it correct or a minhag? Thanks in advance and I wish you Hatzlacha and Briut to continue for many many years to come. —Michael R., Montreal, Canada
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Question No. 1267
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 18 Jul 2006
The Question L'Kovud HaRav. I was wondering what the difference was in kavonas Hashem between "takif" and "baal hakochos kulom" as they seem to be the same thing. A Rav once told me that "takif" meant that Hashem was not only almighty and all-capable but involved in this world, but a Rabbi recently told my wife that he did not believe that that was the meaning and that she should ask a Rav so I was wondering if the Rav could tell me the difference and perhaps a halchic source for their meanings. Much thanks. —Anonymous, U.S.
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Question No. 1257
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 31 May 2006
The Question Is one who already washed for bread or one who did not yet wash for bread allowed to make a bracha of "al nitilas yadaim" to be motzei one who does not know how to make the bracha? —Michael, New York
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Question No. 1161
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 20 Dec 2005
The Question why are you not allowed to read the shema backwards —Anonymous, waltham
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