Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Halocho #1264 - Which Bracha comes first?

Thursday will be Tu B'Shvat and customarily lots of fruit will be served.

Which fruit should you choose as the one to hold in your right hand and make the Bracha on?

- If one has a favorite fruit and it's being offered, it should be used to make the Bracha. 
- If one has no preference then one of the "7 species" has preference. 
- If there are none of the 7 species, then one should pick a whole fruit, as opposed to a cut one.
- A בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הָעֵץ has precedence over בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הָאֲדָמָה (e.g. strawberries and bananas).

The 7 species are (in order of Bracha-precedence): Bread from wheat, Cakes from wheat, Wine, Olives, Barley (baked or cooked), Dates, Grapes (in solid form), Figs, Pomegranates 

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 55:1 - 3

- Danny
Tuesday, 13 Shvat 5774

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