Monday, January 13, 2014

Halocho #1263 - Blessing before eating fruits

The blessing "בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הָעֵץ" is only made on fruits that grow on trees which retain their branches in winter and their leaves grow again from these branches. Otherwise a "בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הָאֲדָמָה" is made on the fruit. 

These blessings are only said if the fruit (or vegetable) is normally eaten raw. If the fruit is normally eaten cooked then on the raw fruit one says " שֶׁהַכֹּל נִהְיָה בִּדְבָרוֹ". 

On fruit pits that are sweet one says " שֶׁהַכֹּל נִהְיָה בִּדְבָרוֹ"; if they are bitter one doesn't make any blessing on them. 

Fruit eaten during a meal as desert does require a blessing. 

If the entire meal is a "fruit meal" then the הַמּֽוֹצִיא לֶ֝֗חֶם מִן־הָאָֽרֶץ blessing covers the fruit too.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 52:1, 4, 10, 43:3-4

- Danny
Monday, 12 Shvat 5774

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