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Information about Brachas For Men & Women

Can a woman recite Birchas Hamazon on behalf of a man?

One who eats cake & drinks wine recites one bracha acharona
includes in it bothal ha'michya & al ha'agefen.
What if one realizes in the middle of the bracha

they forgot to recite al ha'gefen?
Isit enough to add al ha'gefen in the conclusion of the bracha
or must one start the bracha again from the beginning?b

If one ate a satiating serving of pasta & does not recall if he recited
Al Hamichya, the Mishnah Berurah recommends eating another portion,
so that the bracha
of Me'ein Shalosh can be recited with certainty.

So does one recite a bracha rishona on this additional portion of food?

Must the bracha of al'ha',michya or al ha'peiros be recited while sitting?

  • Shulchan Aruch (OC 183:9) writes that one is required to sit for benching, to ensure that
    the Bracha is recited with the proper kavana (concentration). However, bedieved, if one
    was standing or even walking during bentching, there is no need to repeat the bracha.
  • Shulchan Aruch also writes that “some say” the same rules apply to the bracha of Mei'ein Shalosh. This language (some say) implies that there is a dispute whether one is required
    to sit. However, the Mishnah Berurah (183:35) writes that the disagreement relates only to one who ate fruit and must now recite al ha'peiro. However, one who ate cake or other forms
    of mezonos & must recite al ha'michya is required to sit while reciting the bracha according
    to all opinions.
  • Nonetheless, Rav Ovadia Yosef, zt”l (Yabia Omer, OC 1:11:14) maintains that most
    poskim require sitting for al ha'peiros as well. He explains that since the bracha Me'ein
    Shalosh is a truncated version of benching, the concept of 'kein d'oreisa tikun' (Chazal
    modeled their requirements after the teachings of the Torah), all the rules that apply to benching apply here as well.









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