Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Order Of Berachot

The Order Of Berachot
Day: Wednesday
Date: January 15, 2014
Parshat: Yitro
Source: Yalkut Yosef: 211

If one has in front of him a variety of fruits to choose from, if available he should first say a beracha on one of the shiv'at haminim. The shiv'at haminim are: wheat products, barley products, olive products, dates, grape products, figs, pomegranates (Devarim 8:8). Even if he likes a different kind if fruit better he should still say the beracha on one of these first. Within the 7 species, one should say the beracha on whichever fruits are mentioned closer to the word "eretz" in the pasuk. For example, wheat products come before barley products, dates come before grapes and grapes come before figs. The hierarchy of berachot in general is as follows: Hamotzi comes before anything else, next is mezonot, followed by hagefen. After hagefen comes ha'etz, ha'adamah and shehakol. However, the beracha on olives and dates should be said before hagefen since they come first in the order of the shiv'at haminim.

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