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Crash Course in Jewish Blessings

Crash Course in Jewish Blessings

Why do we bless God? Isn’t He blessing us?

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1. What is a Bracha?

1. What is a Bracha?

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The philosophy and inspiration behind the blessings.

2. Text and Meaning

2. Text and Meaning

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Deconstructing the basic components of a bracha.

3. When is a Bracha Not Required?

3. When is a Bracha Not Required?

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Since eating is an act of pleasure, some situations are exempt from a bracha.

4. Eating without a Bracha?!

4. Eating without a Bracha?!

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It is worse to eat without a bracha than it is to waste food.

5. Six Types

5. Six Types

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Getting practical: The six basic brachot said on food.

6. Altered States

6. Altered States

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Altering the state of a food can also change its bracha.

7. Fruit Juice & Wine

7. Fruit Juice & Wine

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Juice is considered a separate entity from the fruit.

8. Ha'gafen Covers All Drinks

8. Ha'gafen Covers All Drinks

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Two key conditions for Ha'gafen to cover other beverages.

9. Introduction to Mezonot

9. Introduction to Mezonot

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The special bracha said on satiating and nutritious grains.

10. Three Mezonot Categories

10. Three Mezonot Categories

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How bread differs from cake, and how cake differs from pasta.

11. The Mezonot Meal

11. The Mezonot Meal

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When eaten as meal, cake attains the status of bread and its bracha is Hamotzee.

12. Non-Hamotzee Bread

12. Non-Hamotzee Bread

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Altering the state of bread can sometimes "downgrade" the bracha from Hamotzee to Mezonot.

13. Other Foods at a Bread Meal

13. Other Foods at a Bread Meal

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Generally, when other foods are eaten with bread, the only bracha recited is Hamotzee.

14. Fruit During a Meal

14. Fruit During a Meal

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Fruit can be eaten as a main course, an appetizer, or for dessert.

15. Drinks During a Meal

15. Drinks During a Meal

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When you drink during a bread meal, when is a bracha required and when is it not?

16. Sequence of Brachot – Part 1

16. Sequence of Brachot – Part 1

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When eating two foods that have the same bracha, we say the bracha over the more important food.

17. Sequence of Brachot – Part 2

17. Sequence of Brachot – Part 2

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When two foods have different brachot, which bracha is said first?

18. Including Other Foods – Part 1

18. Including Other Foods – Part 1

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A bracha includes whatever foods you intend to eat at the time you said the bracha.

19. Including Other Foods – Part 2

19. Including Other Foods – Part 2

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The bracha said at the beginning of the meal covers all foods normally consumed in a meal.

20. Primary and Secondary Foods

20. Primary and Secondary Foods

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A bracha on the primary food also covers the secondary food.

21. Special Status of Mezonot

21. Special Status of Mezonot

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A mezonot ingredient is always considered primary, even when not the majority.

22. Soups & Cereals

22. Soups & Cereals

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A hodge-podge of ingredients produces some complex rules.

23. Unauthorized Brachot

23. Unauthorized Brachot

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An unnecessary bracha is a problem of "saying God's Name in vain."

24. Honor for Brachot

24. Honor for Brachot

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How to ensure that brachot are said with the correct spiritual intent.

25. The Right Environment

25. The Right Environment

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When saying a bracha, the surrounding environment must be dignified and clean.

26. Terminating a Bracha's Effectiveness

26. Terminating a Bracha's Effectiveness

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Certain actions can signal your intention to stop eating.

27. Introduction to Shinuy Makom

27. Introduction to Shinuy Makom

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Changing locations can terminate a bracha's effectiveness.

28. Leaving the House

28. Leaving the House

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Walking outside implies a cessation of this eating session.

29. Outdoor Eating

29. Outdoor Eating

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The difference between enclosed areas and open areas.

30. Shinuy Makom: Wrap-Up and Review

30. Shinuy Makom: Wrap-Up and Review

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Instances when a bracha remains in effect even after making a shinuy makom.

31. Bracha Achrona - Introduction

31. Bracha Achrona - Introduction

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The guidelines for saying bracha after finishing to eat.

32. Which Bracha Achrona to Say

32. Which Bracha Achrona to Say

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Guidelines for the Three-Faceted Blessing, and the "miscellaneous" after-bracha.

33. Bracha Achrona on Mixtures

33. Bracha Achrona on Mixtures

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When foods are eaten in combination, which after-bracha do you say?

34. Birkat Hamazon – Part 1

34. Birkat Hamazon – Part 1

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The special after-bracha said following a bread meal.

35. Birkat Hamazon – Part 2

35. Birkat Hamazon – Part 2

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Grace After Meals requires extra dignity and concentration.

36. Time and Space

36. Time and Space

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An after-bracha is subject to restrictions of when and where.

37. Bracha Achrona: After the Fact

37. Bracha Achrona: After the Fact

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What happens of you mistakenly said the wrong after-bracha?

38. Being Motzi Others

38. Being Motzi Others

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One person can say a bracha and exempt another person's obligation.

39. Answering Amen

39. Answering Amen

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When another person says a bracha, we answer "amen" as a testament that the statement is true.

40. She'hecheyanu & Other Events

40. She'hecheyanu & Other Events

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The blessing that thanks God for enabling us to reach a special milestone.

41. Fragrances

41. Fragrances

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Four different blessings said upon enjoying the aroma of trees and flowers.

42. Natural Phenomenon

42. Natural Phenomenon

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Special brachot said on the wonders of creation.

43. 100 Blessings Each Day

43. 100 Blessings Each Day

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Averaged over a typical day, one bracha is said every 10 minutes.

44. The JewishPathways Brachot Food Guide

44. The JewishPathways Brachot Food Guide

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The correct bracha to say for over 500 food items.