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Question No. 514
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 14 Nov 2004
The Question Rav Leff - I was told that children can say a short form of bentsching: brich Rachmana Kelahana Malka D'Alma Mara D'hai Piysa. Do you know the mekor for this and is it recommended? If permissible, what age should children stop using this "havinenu" style bracha. Kol Tuv. Zev, Five Towns
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Question No. 512
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 11 Nov 2004
The Question Why is there no bracha said before or after giving tzadaka? Anonymous, San Antonio Texas
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Question No. 506
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 11 Nov 2004
The Question Why kiddush LEVANA and not YARAIACH. Why did chazal change the loshon from that used in tenach? Michael Plaskow, Netanya
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Question No. 466
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted 27 Jun 2004
The Question If one eats cake shabbos morning after making Kiddush. Does he have to make “al hamichya” and “al hegefen” providing that he washes for the shabbos seuda within the hour? Thank you for your response. Anonymous, Switzerland
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Question No. 378
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question If I am in the middle of the bracha to be mekadesh levana and someone comes over to me and says sholom aleichem, am I allowed to answer aleichem sholom or is it a hefsik? Zevi, New Jersey
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Question No. 377
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Oftentimes, when I wake up, I need to run to the bathroom. Is this a problem, since I go before I have a chance to say Modeh Ani, and netilas yadaim? Thank you. Anonymous, England
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Question No. 339
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question What may a women daven for after she lights Shabbos candles? I've heard that on Shabbos one cannot daven for specific things, especially material requests. Therefore, can one daven for someone who is sick, sick people in general, or shidduchim for example? Tracey Rozen, Los Angeles, CA
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Question No. 320
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question I find the custom of blessing ones children on a Friday night a very beautiful one. My question is whether it would be appropriate to use the same blessing for ones wife also? If not, is there a blessing that one could or should say for ones wife? Thank you so much for all the time and effort you must put in to maintaining such a wonderfully helpful and enlightening site. Anonymous, London
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Question No. 311
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question Shalom uVracha! I do not say the bracha of Yiru enenu between Hashkeveinu and the shmoneh esrei of Maariv, for I was taught that it constitutes a hefsek. If I come late to minyon and wish to daven shmonei esrei with the tzibbur, when I say bircas krias shma afterwards, should I say that brocha, since in that setting I need not be worried about hefsek, or since I don't usually say that brocha, I should not recite it here either. Thank you. Yitzchak Shuster, Forest Hills, NY
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Question No. 310
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question What are the Halachos regarding not talking and doing things after saying the beracha of hamapil in kirias shema. If a time passes and a person can't fall a sleep are they allowed to talk or do thing. Adina Perlman, Chicago, Illinois
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Question No. 298
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question I got past the part about al hamichya and forgot I had grapes. Should I repeat the bracha using eitz, or should I go on, and say haeitz at the end part of the bracha? Anonymous
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Question No. 273
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted Mid 2003
The Question Should bulimics say brachot acharonot? (if they don't receive nutritional benefit from the food). Thank you. Anonymous
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Question No. 186
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted Early 2003
The Question I had just finished my sandwich at work when we had a fire drill. After how much time outside, would I no longer be allowed to bentsch? Would I be allowed to bentsch outside (if I had taken a benstcher with me) in this case even if I had no intention of bentsching somewhere else? If I was allowed to bentsch outside, would I be obligated to? We have to stand together and none of my coworkers are even Jewish so I would feel a little bit awkward. Thank you. David, Pennsylvania
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Question No. 160
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted Early 2003
The Question Can I put grapes in a blender and use that for kiddush. If so, would I need to remove all the pulp and skins? Could I add another fruit for taste? How much water would I be allowed to add to it? Thank you David, Pennsylvania
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Question No. 136
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted Early 2003
The Question If I don't wash for bread but the meal is a main one of the day, like dinner, Can I bless Birkat Hamazon or do I have to or don't have to bless? Thank you. Joshua Geldman, Toronto Canada
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Question No. 133
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted Early 2003
The Question One of my friends mentioned to me that if you go to the bathroom in middle of the night you don't have to say Asher Yatzar. Is this true? If so why wouldn't one need to say it? Thank you. Aliza, Canada
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Question No. 122
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question Everytime I get into my car, I say tefillat haderech without chatimat HaShem. I would like to know if this is okay. Secondly, I was wondering if tefillat haDerech is ever required for a short journey, for example driving on a section of I95 known to have many accidents or driving in snow or on a very slippery or icy road or mountain? David, Pennsylvania
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Question No. 85
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question During my 9 or 10 hours at work, I always have a cup of water in front of me. Sometimes I will drink every 10 minutes and sometimes I may not touch it for hours. Usually I have a meal (hamotzee) or at least a snack in the middle of the day. When do you say shehakol and boray nefashot so that I am not saying a bracha levatala and I am not missing saying a bracha? Anonymous
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Question No. 48
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question What Bracha does one make on popcorn?
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Question No. 33
Category Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question Why don't we have to say a bracha achrona after smelling fragrances as we do after we eat? Karen Levy
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