Monday, February 15, 2016

The Beracha of Me'en Shalosh

The Beracha of Me'en Shalosh
Day: Monday
Date: February 15, 2016
Parshat: Titzaveh
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 208

The after beracha on fruits that are part of the shiv'at haminim, the seven species, is al ha'etz. The fruits included in this category are olives, dates, grapes, figs, and pomegranates. The after Beracha on grain products other than bread is al hamihya. The after beracha on wine and grape juice is al hagefen. The general name for these berachot is me'en shalosh. Al hamihya, al ha'etz, and al hagefen are specific names for the insert that is said as part of me'en shalosh. As mentioned previously, an after beracha is only said if one ate a kezayit, about an ounce, within seven and a half minutes, or drank a revi'it, just under three ounces, in one shot. It is unclear whether or not a person a drank a kezayit of liquid needs to say an after beracha. Since it is a safek, it is advisable to either drink less than a kezayit, or more than a revi'it. However, one who did drink an amount in between a kezayit and a revi'it does not say an after beracha.

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