Wednesday, February 17, 2016

One Who Does Not Know the Al Ha'etz by Heart

One Who Does Not Know the Al Ha'etz by Heart
Day: Wednesday
Date: February 17, 2016
Parshat: Titzaveh
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 208

One who ate fruits of the shiv'at haminim and then realized that he doesn't know by heart the beracha of al ha'etz and he doesn't have a way to get a siddur, should not say the beracha at all. Boreh nefashot is not a universal beracha and therefore in this case he should not say that either. In order to avoid such situations it is recommended to learn the beracha by heart. Nowadays there are numerous suddurim that can be downloaded onto ones cell phone for just such a situation. One who ate a fruit and is not sure if the after beracha should be al ha'etz or boreh nefashot, does not say any after beracha at all.

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