Important Eating – The Halachos of Ikar and Tafeil

    Question #1: You made a bracha on a cup of tea and sipped it, and then decided it needed more sugar. Do you need to make a bracha on the extra sugar? Question #2: You cooked a delicious vegetable-barley soup. What bracha do you recite before eating it? Does it make any difference … Continue reading Important Eating – The Halachos of Ikar and Tafeil

A Sweet Change of Pace

The Torah teaches that the second time the brothers came down to Mitzrayim, Yaakov told them to bring treats from Eretz Yisroel with which to woo Pharoah. Of course, they had no chocolate to bring, but we can discuss a different royal treat that the Aztecs considered a royal beverage. What beracha does one recite … Continue reading A Sweet Change of Pace

Is This Considered a Mixture?

Since this week’s parsha, Eikev, includes the sources for the laws of brochos, it is certainly appropriate to discuss: Is This Considered a Mixture? Some Details of the Halachos of Ikar and Tafeil Question #1: What bracha do I recite on a fruit salad? Question #2: What is the difference between a mixture and an … Continue reading Is This Considered a Mixture?

A Sweet Change of Pace: What Bracha Does One Recite over Chocolate-Covered Raisins?

Before answering this question, we need to ascertain the correct bracha for chocolate itself. Although the accepted practice is to recite Shehakol on chocolate bars and other products, the question is, why? After all, chocolate is the product of the bean from the cocoa tree. Shouldn’t its bracha be Borei pri ha’eitz? As we will see, many poskim indeed contend that the correct bracha on chocolate is ha’eitz, notwithstanding the minhag. We will also investigate whether there is a difference between the bracha on dark chocolate and white chocolate.