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Halachos of Daily Living

  • March 19, 2019

Are women obligated to recite one hundred brachos daily? Many poskim write that women are exempt from this mitzvah. As evidence, the Shevet HaLevi (5:23) points out that the Rishonim who list the hundred brachos recited each day include the brachos that are recited on Tallis and Tefillin. Since women do not…

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Halachos of Daily Living

  • March 5, 2019

These are some brachos which fall in the middle between these two categories mentioned last week– that is – they aren’t clearly obligatory or not obligatory, and it is questionable if they are part of the 100 brachos or not: Amen in response to the…

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Halachos of Daily Living

  • February 26, 2019

To be counted towards the one hundred brachos, must one personally recite the bracha, or is it sufficient to respond amen to another person’s bracha? It depends on the bracha. If the bracha is obligatory (such as Kiddush or Hamotzi) and a person fulfills the requirement to recite the bracha by hearing it…

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Halachos of Daily Living

  • February 20, 2019

Laws related to Berachos What bracha should one recite on dried cranberries? Most dried cranberries are sugar infused. This means the cranberries are soaked in sugar water and then dried to look like raisins. Rav Belsky, zt”l ruled that the bracha on dried cranberries is Ha’odama.…

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Halachos of Daily Living

  • February 13, 2019

Halachos related to Berachos Tetzave What bracha is recited on papaya? We recite borei pri ha’eitz on fruit and borei pri ho’adama on vegetables. Halachically, is papaya treated as a fruit or a vegetable? A related issue is whether or not the first three years of a…

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Halachos of Daily Living

  • February 5, 2019

Weekly Question: Laws related to Berachos The Gerald & Karin Feldhamer OU Kosher Halacha Yomis This Column is dedicated in memory of: Rav Chaim Yisroel ben Reb Dov HaLevi Belsky, zt’l Senior OU Kosher Halachic Consultant from 1987-2016 According to…

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OU Daily Living

  • January 28, 2019

Weekly Questions What bracha is recited on peanut butter (a spoonful of peanut butter eaten plain)? There are two opinions regarding the bracha on peanut butter. Here, we will discuss the opinion that holds that the bracha on peanut butter is Shehakol. Shulchan Aruch (OC 208:8) writes…

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Halachos of Daily Living

  • January 18, 2019

Laws Related to Brachos I walk past a coffee shop every day. From outside the store, I can smell the coffee. Should I recite a bracha on this aroma? The Mishnah Berurah (216:16) writes that if one smells hot ground coffee, since…

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Laws Related to Bentching

  • December 25, 2018

The Gerald & Karin Feldhamer OU Kosher Halacha Yomis This Column is dedicated in memory of: Rav Chaim Yisroel ben Reb Dov HaLevi Belsky, zt’l Senior OU Kosher Halachic Consultant from 1987-2016 What is the proper way to hold the kos…

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