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Berakhot 32

By Michelle Cohen Farber / February 4, 2020 | ט׳ בשבט תש״פ

Chana, Eliahu and Moshe all spoke to God impertinently. Even though it was frowned upon, God answered their prayers. How did Moshe get up the courage to stand before God and ask for forgiveness for the nation? The gemara brings several different options. What is the meaning of the phrase used for Moshe’s prayer “and…

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Berakhot 33

By Michelle Cohen Farber / February 5, 2020 | י׳ בשבט תש״פ

Can one stop in the middle of shmone esreh? And if yes, for what types of things? In which blessings of shmone esreh does one add praise of God for bringing rain, request for rain and havdala on Saturday night? Is the main havdala on a cup of wine or in prayer? How did this…

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Berakhot 34

By Michelle Cohen Farber / February 6, 2020 | י״א בשבט תש״פ

The mishna mentions other words that if the chazan used them in prayer, he would be removed. What do we do when the chazan makes a mistake? A number of laws are mentioned regarding laws of a chazan. Can one answer to the blessing of the kohen? Can he bless the people if he is…

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Berakhot 35

By Michelle Cohen Farber / February 7, 2020 | י״ב בשבט תש״פ

What blessing does one make on fruits from trees, fruits from the ground (legumes)? What are the exceptions to the rule? There is a debate regarding the blessing on vegetables. How specific does the blessing need to be? What is the reason/source for making blessings on foods before we eat them? The gemara tries to…

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Berakhot 36

By Michelle Cohen Farber / February 8, 2020 | י״ג בשבט תש״פ

Why does one make a blessing on oil? In what circumstances? The gemara brings various items that are part of trees but aren’t the fruit of the tree and questions what blessing one should make on them? Is something that protects the fruit considered like the fruit itself? if so, is it true even if…

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Berakhot 37

By Michelle Cohen Farber / February 9, 2020 | י״ד בשבט תש״פ

What blessing does one make on rice and a dish made with rice? What blessing does one make on chavitaza – a dish with flour and honey – does it depend on how much honey is in there? What blessing is said on bread crumbs that are cooked or fried – does it depend on…

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Berakhot 38

By Michelle Cohen Farber / February 10, 2020 | ט״ו בשבט תש״פ

The gemara continues to bring various foods to discuss what blessings we make on them. Is dough baked in the ground under the burner considered bread or not? Does it depend on whether you eat it for a meal? What does one say of silan, date honey? What about “trima”? What is “trima”? Shetota that…

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Berakhot 39

By Michelle Cohen Farber / February 11, 2020 | ט״ז בשבט תש״פ

Is the question what blessing one makes on cooked vegetables also a tannaitic debate? What does one bless on turnip? On what does it depend? If one adds flour to help the food stick together, what blessing does one make? What blessing is made on hard bread that is in pieces and is soaked? The…

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Berakhot 40

By Michelle Cohen Farber / February 12, 2020 | י״ז בשבט תש״פ

What is considered an interruption between making the blessing on bread and eating bread? One should feed one’s animal before one eats. The gemara brings other advice about foods that are healthy and with what frequency should they be eaten. Why does Rabbi Yehuda think one should be specific in the blessing over legumes? If…

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Berakhot 41

By Michelle Cohen Farber / February 13, 2020 | י״ח בשבט תש״פ

The rabbis and Rabbi Yehuda disagree in the mishna regarding what does one do if one has a number of foods to make a blessing on – does one choose to bless on one of the seven species that Israel is known for or what one likes best? In whcih case are they arguing –…

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