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Blessing on Food

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Question: What blessings should I say before and after eating rice? Answer: There are different opinions as to which is the blessing to be recited before eating rice: Some halachic authorities say it is mezonot; others say it is ha'adamah; yet others cont...
Although Cognac and some brandies are wine based, the taste of the wine is completely lost in the final product. As such, the proper blessing is the standard one for beverages, Shehakol. Click here for the text of the Shehakol blessing. Rabbi Eliezer Posn...
The correct blessing on cantaloupe is Ha'adamah—the blessing recited on "vegetables," or "produce from the ground." When determining the proper blessing to say on produce (other than the five grains – wheat, barley, spelt, oat and rye – or wine), our sole...
Is it improper and hypocritical to recite a blessing on non-kosher food? I'm starting to become more observant of the Torah laws, but I'm not yet at the stage of keeping 100% kosher. What do you advise?
By making a blessing we recognize and acknowledge that G‑d is the source of all sustenance and that the earth and all its bounties belong to Him.
Shmuel A water chestnut is part of the root, or corm, of a grass-like sedge. The blessing that should be recited before eating it would therefore be "Borei pri ha'adama" as this is considered a vegetable. These should not be confused with the chestnuts th...
As far as I know, tempeh is made primarily of soybeans, which grow from the ground. The blessing is therefore Haadamah. Needless to say, as tempeh is a cooked product, you must ascertain that it has proper kosher certification.
What exactly are we saying? I can understand blessing people, but does G‑d, the Creator and Master of all, really need our blessing?
Are cranberries considered a fruit from a tree or a fruit from the ground?
I heard that G‑d does not want us to create hybrid fruit. So my question is, if G‑d is not happy with this fruit, should I make a blessing before eating it?
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