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Question No. 1140
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 29 Nov 2005
The Question I saw your answer regarding saying asher yatzar in middle of night. Assuming you wake up in the middle of the night and say Asher Yatzar, and then in the morning, you do not go to the bathrrom again. Do you then still say asher yatzar in davening or would you skip it since you already said asher yatzar in middle of the night? If you wake up towards the morning but still plan to go to sleep for a little more, would you still say asher yatzar then or should you just wait for when you daven? —Anonymous, Brooklyn
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Question No. 1129
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 15 Nov 2005
The Question Before going to sleep, Does one have to stop speaking after shema or is speaking allowed until hamapil has been said? —Anonymous, London
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Question No. 1128
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 14 Nov 2005
The Question In Birchot haShachar (the daily morning blessings), we praise and thank Hashem "shelo assani goy", for not having made us a non-Jew, since we have more obligations and ways to connect to Hashem than do the non-Jews. Why then do we not have a similar beracha for a Levi to say "shelo assani yisrael" and for a kohen to say "shelo assani Levi" ? Thank you & kol tuv! —Stephan, Brooklyn, NY
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Question No. 1079
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 10 Oct 2005
The Question Can one, l'halacha, follow the ruling of the Aruch Hashulchan--that the Rav mentioned--in regards to talking after Hamapil? —Yacov, NY
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Question No. 1078
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 10 Oct 2005
The Question According to the Rama and some Sephardic authorities, women may recite the beracha "asher kideshanu bemitzvotav, vetzivanu etc" when volunteering and performing a mitzvah from which they are exempt. The mishna berurah explains that since one who does a mitzvah he is exempt from IS rewarded, (albeit less so than one who is boligated and does the mitzvha), and therefore "it's shayach for them [the women] to say vetzivanu". How is it shayach ? They are not obligated to do the mitzvah!? So I am wondering how they can say the beracha "Who commanded us" when they are not commanded. Thank you in advance and ketiva vachatima tova ! —Stephan, Brooklyn, NY
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Question No. 1054
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 25 Sep 2005
The Question Is Mezonos bread really mezonos? —Aryeh, Manchester
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Question No. 1048
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 21 Sep 2005
The Question Is it true that when a person is going to drink water that one does not make a brocha unless one is thirsty? Is the halacha the same for sephardim? —David, London, UK
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Question No. 807
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 7 May 2005
The Question Dear Rabbi, should a blessing be made when smelling rosewater, and is it appropriate to use rosewater for havdalah? I have heard that my family used to do so generations back in Iraq, but the relative who "remembers" is not religious and may not be reliable. We have a silver rosewater sprinkler in the family, but that also doesn't prove that it was used for havdala. Thank you for any light you can shed on this. —James, US
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Question No. 806
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 7 May 2005
The Question L'Kvod Harav, If one Davens/ Benches in the typical Ashkenazi way are they Yotzeh if they stick in words using another pronunciation e.g. Chasidish or Sfardi? All the efforts and work put into this site are much appreciated. —Anonymous, Brooklyn, New York
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Question No. 783
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 28 Apr 2005
The Question Is there a problem with a lady reciting asher yatzar in the middle of the night, after going to the restroom, if she's dressed in not tznuisdik clothing? gut moed —Anonymous, California
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Question No. 754
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 7 Apr 2005
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff, I saw on a website a large discussion as to what is the precise bracha of granola. In the end what I basically got was - make hamotzi on bread and then you won't have any trouble. Can you tell me the precise bracha in case I have no other food to make brachos on i.e. ho'adama or mezonos because mostly I eat it for snack. Thanks and have a kosher'n Pesach. —Anonymous, Switzerland
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Question No. 739
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 26 Mar 2005
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff, Are you allowed to make a broche on a food item(such as a cookie, water,etc...) while you are standing or is sitting a prerequisite for making a bracho? If you make kiddush shabbes morning and eat mezonos but shortly after have to leave to a kidush at a shul , do you have to remake a brocho on mezonos or can you rely on the mezonos brocho that was originally said at the time of kiddush? Finally, can you make a bracho on food or daven (for example mariv,home) in pajamas. Thank you. —Anonymous, Zurich
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Question No. 683
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 26 Jan 2005
The Question Lachavod Harav, Why do some people add the pasuk “Posayach Es Yadecha Umasbea L’Chol Chai Razon before the end of the first bracha of benching.? Thanks Avi —Avi, New York, New York
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Question No. 670
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 17 Jan 2005
The Question in the absence of a Rabbi, can a Cohain perform the 7 blessings in a wedding? —Anonymous, florida
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Question No. 666
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 15 Jan 2005
The Question If I get up a few times a night should I say Asher Yazar each time? It seems like a Bracha L'Vatala to say the same Bracha so often. During the day it can be very often, as well. —Anonymous, NEW YORK
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Question No. 627
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 19 Dec 2004
The Question What is the need for a tallis if one wears tzitzis? There are different brachos for tzitzis and tallis-is this like tefillin in that they are two separate mitzvas? —Anonymous, New Brunswick, NJ
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Question No. 613
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 8 Dec 2004
The Question I just read your answer regarding asher yotzar after going to the bathroom in the middle of the night. My question is 1) can one make a bracha without washing negel va'ser and 2) what does one do if one wakes up from thunder in the middle of sleep, can one make the bracha for thunder without washing negel vaser? —Chaya, Jerusalem
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Question No. 587
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 29 Nov 2004
The Question Why do we need a minyan to recite the Barchu? —Anonymous, Canada
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Question No. 532
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 23 Nov 2004
The Question Why does a parent not make a brocho when their daughter becomes Bas Mitzvah, thanking Hashem that they are no longer responsible for her aveiros? Anonymous, London
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Question No. 516
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 14 Nov 2004
The Question Rabbi Leff - When you bentsch on Shabbos, do you have say the Al Pri Hagafen on the wine after bentsching? On that note, during the week, if you eat something, like mezonos, or shehakol, before dinner, and then eat dinner with bread and wash for Hamotzi - does the bentsching cover the items you ate before hand or do you have to say Borei Nefashos/Al Hamichiya? Baruch, US
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