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Halachos of Daily Living

  • May 16, 2019

What is the correct bracha for pizza? We learned previously that pies are one form of pas haba’ah b’kisnin, and the bracha is Mezonos. Similiarly, dough filled with jam (such as a hamentaschen) is a classic example of pas haba’ah b’kisnin. The bracha on calzones and the like, filled…

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Halachos of Daily Living

  • April 15, 2019

Laws related to Pesach On Pesach, can one use paper plates, paper towels and napkins that are not certified kosher for Pesach? Paper plates, paper towels and napkins generally contain starch. Some forms of raw starch are kitniyos, such as corn…

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Halachos of Daily Living

  • April 8, 2019

Laws related to Berachos We learned previously that if one eats an entire meal of an item that is considered pas haba’ah b’kisnin, the brachos recited would be Hamotzi and Birkas Hamazon. Is the amount of pas haba’ah b’kisnin that would mandate Hamotzi the same for everyone? No. To require…

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Halachos of Daily Living

  • April 2, 2019

Laws related to Berachos The Chayei Adam (61:4) writes that the bracha on cloves is “borei minei b’samim”. He explains that although cloves are the fruit of a tree and rightfully the bracha should be “Hanosain raiyach tov b’peiros”, nonetheless since cloves are completely…

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Halachos of Daily Living

  • March 25, 2019

Laws related to Berachos In a recent Halacha Yomis you mentioned that according to many opinions the bracha on cloves is borei minei b’samim. Can you please explain why? On which other spices does one recite borei minei b’samim? The bracha ‘”borei minei b’samim” is recited…

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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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