Thursday, July 21, 2016

Using a Lemon for Besamim

Using a Lemon for Besamim
Day: Thursday
Date: July 21, 2016
Parshat: Balak
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 216

Our custom is to say the beracha and smell a lemon even if it is too sour to eat on its own, since after all it is an edible fruit. Even if the lemon was purchased for eating and not for smelling, as long as when it was lifted before saying the beracha the intention was to smell and not to eat it, a beracha is said. One who accidentally said boreh minei besamim or even shehakol before smelling a fruit has nevertheless fulfilled his obligation to say a beracha and may smell it without saying a new, more specific, beracha

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