Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mezonot by mistake


One who recites the berachah of "borei minei mezonot" and then realizes that the food he is about to eat warrants a berachah of "she hakol nihyeh bidvaro" should eat a minimal amount - enough to justify having recited a berachah - and no more. It is not considered a blessing in vain, but the berachah is valid only ex post facto. One should then wait until he moves to another location before reciting the proper berachah and eating again.

If the food is water or salt, then one should not eat any at all on the basis of this berachah, for "borei minei mezonot" refers to a class of foods which satisfy and nourish.

(Rav Moshe Feinstein, Igrot Moshe Orach Chaim 4:40)

Have a great day,

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