Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Minimum Amount of Food Needed for an After Beracha

The Minimum Amount of Food Needed for an After Beracha
Day: Sunday
Date: February 7, 2016
Parshat: Terumah
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 207

The after beracha for any food not grown from the ground, any vegetables, and any fruits that are not part of the shiv'at haminim is boreh nefashot. An after beracha is only required if at least a kezayit, which is 27 grams metric or just under one ounce US, was eaten within seven and a half minutes. If less than that was eaten in seven and a half minutes no after beracha is said. The after beracha on drinks other than wine and grape juice is also boreh nefashot. One who drank less than a revi'it, which is 81 grams metric or just under three ounces US, in one gulp, does not say an after beracha on the drink. The three ounces must be continuous. If he drank an ounce, swallowed, and then drank another ounce that does not combine to qualify for an after beracha. In order to avoid mahloket, one should ideally not drink between one kezayit and one revi'it of liquid, he should ideally have either less than a kezayit or more than a revi'it at once. Once who ate from a few different foods enough of each to require a boreh nefashot says it only once to cover everything.

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