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Bracha, pl. brachot (brah-chah,brah-choht) — lit., Blessing; usually, a short prayer thanking God or acknowledging His beneficence throughout everyday life as well as to mark holy, special, or sublime events; said before or after doing an activity or experiencing something
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Fore-Blessings (Bracha Rishona): Priorities
Fore-Blessings (Bracha Rishona): Which Level To Say
In general, say the highest-level fore-blessing ( bracha rishona ) on...
The Five After-Blessings (Bracha Achrona)
The Five After-Blessings (Bracha Achrona)
There are five Bracha Achrona blessings on food: Al...
After-Blessings (Bracha Achrona): Levels
Levels of After-Blessings (Bracha Achrona)
Like fore-blessings, say the highest level of after-blessing ( bracha...
After-Blessings (Bracha Achrona): Minimum Measurements
Introduction to After-Blessings (Bracha Achrona): Minimum Measurements
To say any after-blessing/ bracha achrona ( al ha’michya , al...
Amida Errors: Tein Bracha/Tein Tal U'Matar L'vracha
Amida Errors: Tein Bracha/Tein Tal U'Matar L'Vracha
Outside of Eretz Yisrael , begin saying Tein tal u'matar...
Sheva Brachot
How Many Present at Sheva Brachot
To be able to say the special blessings after a festive  sheva...
Sheva Brachot
Introduction to Sheva Brachot
At the end of the wedding meal, the seven blessings ( sheva...
Sheva Brachot
Sheva Brachot: Order of Blessings
The order of blessings is the same every time sheva brachot...
Sheva Brachot
Sheva Brachot: Over Which Cups To Bless
Birkat ha'mazon is made on one cup of wine at...
What To Pray: Set Prayers: Amida: Ambiguities
Tein Bracha If in Eretz Yisrael Cheshvan 7/Dec. 4
If you are in Eretz Yisrael between Cheshvan 7 (when people in...
Fore-Blessing (Bracha Rishona): Changing Location
Fore-Blessing (Bracha Rishona): Changing Location
The fore-blessing (bracha rishona) must be said where you eat. ...
Fore-Blessing (Bracha Rishona) in Vain (Bracha L'Vatala)
Making a Conditional Fore-Blessing (Bracha Rishona)
To avoid making a blessing in vain ( bracha l’vatala ), you may...
Introduction to Blessings (Brachot)
Introduction to Blessings/Brachot
Blessings as Thanks We say blessings as thanks to God for the...
General Rules of Fore-Blessings (Bracha Rishona): Food Mixtures
Fore-Blessing (Bracha Rishona) over Cholent
Cholent blessing (if the cholent is not eaten as part of a meal)...
General Rules of Fore-Blessings (Bracha Rishona): Food Mixtures
Fore-Blessings (Bracha Rishona): Food Mixtures: Main Ingredient
Say the fore-blessing ( bracha rishona ) over the main or...
After-Blessings (Bracha Achrona): Time Limits and Satiation Status
After-Blessings (Bracha Achrona): Satiation Status: General Rules
After eating or drinking the required amounts, you may say bracha...
After-Blessings (Bracha Achrona): Time Limits and Satiation Status
After-Blessings (Bracha Achrona): Satiation Status: Hunger Situations
Situation You were hungry. You ate and were satiated. You...
Bracha Meruba BaBayit HaZeh
Bracha Meruba BaBayit HaZeh: Inside Jewish Home
Say bracha meruba ba’bayit ha’zeh only when eating in a...
Bracha Meruba BaBayit HaZeh
Bracha Meruba BaBayit HaZeh: Outside Jewish Home
If eating outside a Jewish home, including when eating outdoors, say...
Fore-Blessings (Bracha Rishona): Mixtures with Five Grains: Containing Bread/Mezonot
Introduction to Food Fore-Blessings (Bracha Rishona): The Five Grains
Bread or Mezonot: Intended Use Whether a food made of the ...
Fore-Blessings (Bracha Rishona): Minimum Quantity
On How Much Food To Say Fore-Blessing (Bracha Rishona)
Always say one of the six fore-blessings ( bracha rishona ) before...
Fore-Blessings (Bracha Rishona): Priorities
Fore-Blessings (Bracha Rishona): Priorities
You must say the blessing which was designed to be said on each type of...
After-Blessings (Bracha Achrona): Changing Location: Traveling
After-Blessings (Bracha Achrona): Changing Location: Did Not Intend To Continue Eating
Situation You did not, at the time you said the fore-blessing, intend...
After-Blessings (Bracha Achrona): Changing Location: Traveling
After-Blessings (Bracha Achrona): Changing Location: Food within View
Situation You eat one item outdoors, then eat food from...
After-Blessings (Bracha Achrona): Changing Location: Traveling
After-Blessings (Bracha Achrona): Changing Location: Traveling
When traveling, the proper practice is to: Finish eating...
Fore-Blessing (Bracha Rishona): Food Categories
One Fore-Blessing (Bracha Rishona) per Food Category
Your fore-blessing covers all other same-category foods that you will...
Fore-Blessings (Bracha Rishona): HaMotzi and Desserts
Fore-Blessings (Bracha Rishona): HaMotzi and Desserts
For details on HaMotzi and desserts, see Which Foods HaMotzi Covers .
Fore-Blessing (Bracha Rishona): Identifiable Produce
Which Fore-Blessing (Bracha Rishona) on Identifiable Produce
Say borei pri ha’eitz or borei pri ha’adama for...
Fore-Blessing (Bracha Rishona): When Not Thirsty
Fore-Blessing (Bracha Rishona) When Drinking To Prevent Thirst
Do not say a blessing on water that you drink before you are thirsty in...
After-Blessings (Bracha Achrona): Incomplete
Incomplete After-Blessings (Bracha Achrona)
You must repeat the after-blessing for mezonot , wine/grape juice, or...
Sheva Brachot
Sheva Brachot: Mixing the Cups
After the blessings have been said: Pour some...
Sheva Brachot
Sheva Brachot: What To Eat in order To Bless
A man saying any of the seven blessings does not need to have eaten...
Sheva Brachot
Sheva Brachot: When to Bless
At any meal with bread that was made to honor the bride and groom...
Sheva Brachot
Sheva Brachot: Who Drinks
Under the chuppa , the groom and bride drink the wine....
Fore-Blessing (Bracha Rishona): Incorrect Blessing
Incorrect Fore-Blessing (Bracha Rishona) If Food Is/Is Not before You
Situation You say the incorrect blessing over food in front of you...
Fore-Blessing (Bracha Rishona): Liquid from Foods
Fore-Blessing (Bracha Rishona): Liquid from Food
When you have said a fore-blessing on one type of food, such as borei...
Fore-Blessings: Unusual Fruits and Vegetables
Bracha Rishon: Olives
There is no separate blessing on eating olives...
Fore-Blessings: Unusual Fruits and Vegetables
Bracha Rishona: Coconut Water
To drink coconut water: Say borei pri ha’eitz if...
Fore-Blessings: Unusual Fruits and Vegetables
Bracha Rishona: Fiddleheads
Say borei pri ha’adama on fiddleheads (unfurled fern tops...
Fore-Blessings: Unusual Fruits and Vegetables
Bracha Rishona: Hydroponic Vegetables
Say she’hakol on hydroponic vegetables, including bean sprouts....
Fore-Blessings: Unusual Fruits and Vegetables
Bracha Rishona: Popcorn
Say borei pri ha’adama on popcorn.
After-Blessings (Bracha Achrona): Time Limits and Falling Asleep
After-Blessings (Bracha Achrona): Falling Asleep for less than 30 Minutes
If you slept less than 30 minutes, you do not need to wash; you...
After-Blessings (Bracha Achrona): Time Limits and Falling Asleep
After-Blessings (Bracha Achrona): Falling Asleep for more than 30 Minutes
If you fell asleep for more than 30 minutes in the middle of a meal:...
Borei Minei Mezonot: General Rules
Introduction to Borei Minei Mezonot
Say the fore-blessing borei minei mezonot on non-bread foods if:...
Introduction to Mourning
Introduction to Mourning
Who Is a Mourner A mourner is defined in halacha as someone...
Introduction: Amida: Errors: Amida Additions
Introduction: Amida: Errors: Amida Additions
If you forgot to say, or incorrectly said, a phrase in the amida , you...
Shabbat: Candles: Where To Light
Shabbat: Candles: Lighting at Dinner Location
Light Shabbat candles wherever you will eat dinner. Note If...
Havdala: Beverage
How To Fill the Havdala Cup
For havdala , pour at least a revi’it (4 fl. oz., or 119 ml)...
Havdala: Beverage
Which Havdala Beverage
Wine or grape juice is the preferred beverage for havdala, but any...
Nida/Taharat HaMishpacha
Four Most Common Nida Questions
  What Makes a Woman a Nida  ...
Al HaMichya: Doubt
Al HaMichya: Doubt If 72 Minutes Have Passed
Situation You ate some mezonot. It might be more than 72 minutes...
Birkat HaMazon: How Much Food
Birkat HaMazon: If You Planned To Eat Minimum Amount of Bread and Did Not
If you planned to, but did not, eat a full meal: Do not say...
Birkat HaMazon: Time Limit
Birkat HaMazon: Time Limit
For time limits on birkat ha'mazon , see After-Blessings (Bracha...
Introduction to Prayers
Introduction to Prayers
Prayer brings us closer to God.  When we ask for things from God,...
Jewish Festivals: Candles: Where To Light
Jewish Festivals: Candles: Dinner Location
As on Shabbat , light Jewish festival candles wherever you will eat...
Jewish Festivals: Ending: Havdala: What To Use
Jewish Festivals: Ending: Havdala: Filling the Cup
You must pour at least 4 fl. oz. (119 ml--a revi’it ) of wine or...
Jewish Festivals: Ending: Havdala: What To Use
Jewish Festivals: Ending: Havdala: How Much To Drink
To fulfill the commandment of havdala (or kiddush ), the person...
Jewish Festivals: Kiddush: Cup & Wine Bottles
Kos Pagum
Kos pagum means either: "Physically...
Tefilin: How To Put On
Head Tefila: How To Put On
Place the tefila on your head tightly enough so it does not...
Shabbat: Kiddush: Cup & Wine Bottles
Shabbat: Kos Pagum
Do not use a kos pagum for kiddush . Kos pagum means either:...
Shabbat: Kiddush: How Much To Drink
Drinking Cheekful for Shabbat Kiddush
As on Jewish festivals , the minimum total volume of Shabbat...
Se'uda Shlishit: When To Eat
Latest Time You May Eat on Shabbat
If you finished eating (and saying birkat ha’mazon / bracha...
Se'uda Shlishit: Birkat HaMazon
Wine from Se'uda Shlishit Birkat HaMazon
If you recite birkat ha’mazon after se’uda shlishit...
Volume/Solid
Volume/Solid
K’Zayit K’zayit is variously defined as being the...
Volume/Liquid
Volume/Liquid
1 Revi’it = Usually 3.3 fl. oz. (99 ml); but 4 fl. oz. (119 ml)...
Introduction to Toveling: Utensils
Introduction to Toveling: Utensils
Tevila is the Hebrew word for immersion.  You must tovel...
SheHecheyanu: New Fruits: Might Not Like
SheHecheyanu for New Fruit You Might Not Like
SITUATION You have a fruit on which you would like to say ...

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