Tuesday, January 14, 2014

When To Have The Tu Bishvat Fruits

When To Have The Tu Bishvat Fruits
Day: Tuesday
Date: January 14, 2014
Parshat: Yitro
Source: Yalkut Yosef: Laws of Tu Bishvat

Many people have a nice custom to eat fruits, and especially fruits of the shiv'at haminim, on the eve of Tu Bishvat. This is done to acknowledge the significance of the day, and also to bring blessing to the trees by making blessings on their fruit. If one is having a meal he should not wait until after birkat hamazon to have the fruits, instead they should be eaten before birkat hamazon. The reason is that by waiting until after birkat hamazon he causes himself to require an after beracha which he wouldn't have needed to say otherwise. This is called a beracha she'eno tzericha - an unnecessary blessing. If one forgot to bring the fruits until after birkat hamazon he can still bring them out and he may say an after beracha.

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