Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Different Berachot on Besamim

The Different Berachot on Besamim
Day: Sunday
Date: July 17, 2016
Parshat: Balak
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 216

Just as there are different berachot for different types of food, there are also different berachot for different types of besamim. The beracha on besamim that has a hard trunk or numerous hard stems is "boreh atzei besamim." If the besamim grows on the ground like most herbs, the beracha is "boreh isbei besamim." The beracha for besamim that fits neither category is "boreh minei besamim." Boreh minei besamim can also cover any other type of besamim. Therefore, one who is unsure what the correct beracha is for any kind of besamim says "boreh minei besamim." One who incorrectly said "isbei" instead of "atzei" has not fulfilled his obligation and needs to say the correct beracha. However, if that particular kind of besamim is soft or bendable and generally survives for a number of years no new beracha is necessary.

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