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What blessing do we recite when seeing a budding fruit tree?

Once a year, upon seeing a fruit tree that has begun to bud, we make a special blessing. This blessing may only be recited during the month of Nissan,...

What is the 'Al HaMichyah' prayer?

There is a condensed version of the Grace After Meals called the 'Brachah Me'ain Shalosh' - 'Blessing From (or Similar to)...

I just got my mezuzah checked. Do I need to recite the blessing when I re-hang it?

First of all, yasher koach – good work – on having your mezuzahs checked! Many people do not realize the importance of checking their...

Which blessing do I recite before eating rice?

There is confusion concerning the blessing over rice. There are five species of grain – wheat, barley, oats, rye and spelt – whose blessing is...

What prayer is recited when seeing a monarch?

Indeed, there is a special blessing one makes upon seeing a gentile king.The Shulchan Aruch  states that upon seeing a gentile King, one must recite:...

Who composed the Grace after Meal?

The obligating to express gratitude to G-d after eating a satiating meal is stated clearly in the Torah—“and you will eat and be sated, and...

What blessing is recited on grapes?

The standard fruit blessing—Borei Pri Haetz. The Hagafen blessing (“He Who creates the fruit of the vine”) is only recited on wine (or...

Are there certain prayers recited during and after birth?

According to the instructions issued by the Tzemach Tzedek (the third Chabad Rebbe 1789-1866) to his sons during the birth of his youngest son - Rabbi...

How can we bless G-d for "commanding" us to observe Rabbinic commandments?

Rabbi Eliezer Gurkow: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, how can I help you today? Shira: why so we say _asher kidshanu bemitsvotav_1 while...

What blessing is recited upon immersing in a mikvah?

The following blessing is said by a woman who is immersing at the conclusion of her menstrual cycle1: Baruch atta Ado-noy Elo-hai-nu Melech ha'olam...