Thursday, March 7, 2013

Morning berachot for one who was awake all night


If I do not sleep all night, do I still recite the morning berachos?

[Note: We are not addressing birchos hatorah in this segment.]

One who does not sleep during the night should still recite the morning berachos, except for Elokai Neshamah and HaMaavir Sheinah, which seem to express thanks for one's personal sleep. Those berachos should be heard from someone else who has slept.

There is some debate regarding the case of one who sleeps in very short bursts. Many halachic authorities rule that a nap of thirty minutes is the minimum to constitute "sleep".

Some say that Elokai Neshamah should be recited after a daytime nap, but most halachic authorities disagree.

(Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 46:8; Birkei Yosef 46:12; Pri Megadim Orach Chaim 46:EE 2; Shaarei Teshuvah 46:7; Mishneh Berurah 46:24; Biur Halachah 4 David, 47 hamashkim; Aruch haShulchan Orach Chaim 4:17, 46:13; Machazeh Eliyahu 1; Piskei Teshuvos 46:15)

Have a great day,

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