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Why don't we say the blessing Shehecheyanu on the matzah?
[Shehecheyanu is a blessing that is recited whenever a mitzvah is performed for the first time each year or when a fruit is eaten for the first time each...

What is the definition of a tree as far as the blessings go?
[According to Jewish law, a blessing should be recited before partaking of any food. There are specific blessings for specific foods. The blessing for...

Why don't we recite a blessing for building the sukkah?
Your question really raises another issue: Is the act of building a sukkah itself a mitzvah, or is it merely an unavoidable measure that one must take in...

Why is there no blessing for giving charity?
Well if you’re putting charity into a charity box, you wouldn’t say a blessing because the mitzvah is not complete until the poor person gets...

Why are blessings in present tense: "Blessed are You...who *creates* the fruit of the tree"?
As Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi explained, the world has not been auto-pilot since its creation. G-d chooses to be so involved with creation that He...

If an ill person is unable to talk, how does he pray?
I am sorry to hear that. What one should do in that situation—hopefully this will be only theoretical from here on—is think the prayer or...

What is the blessing for hearing/seeing thunder and lightning?
There are special blessings that we recite when we hear thunder and/or see lightning.1 When hearing thunder we say: Boruch attah ado-nai elo-heinu...

Does the Hamotzie blessing cover me for the entire meal?
Yes, once you've said the Hamotzie, you are exempt from reciting any other blessing for the rest of the meal. There are two exceptions to this rule:1....

Can a woman recite a blessing on Mitzvahs she isn't obligated to fulfill?
Women are generally1 exempt from time-related Mitzvahs. However, although not obligated, if a woman does desire to, she may, in the...

What is the origin of the obligation to recite blessings?
The Torah only requires one to recite a blessing AFTER eating a meal and being satiated (Deuteronomy 8:10). All other blessings are of rabbinic origin....

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