Chapter: 09 – Birkot HaShachar – The Morning Blessings

01 – Blessings of Thanks

The Chachamim instituted the recital of many blessings immediately upon awakening in the morning. The purpose of these blessings is to thank Hashem for the good that He bestows upon us every day. Hence, the Talmud (Berachot 60b) teaches that … Continue reading

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02 – The Order of the Morning Blessings

As we have learned, the original institution of the Chachamim was to bless and give thanks for each and every act immediately upon deriving pleasure from it. In other words, as a person wakes from his sleep, he thanks Hashem … Continue reading

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03 – Birkot HaShachar for One Who Does Not Derive Pleasure

There is a dispute among prominent Rishonim regarding the question of whether a person may recite one of the Birkot HaShachar from which he does not derive direct personal pleasure. For instance, may a blind person recite the berachah, Poke’ach … Continue reading

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04 – Until When May One Recite Birkot HaShachar?

Whoever forgot to recite Birkot HaShachar before the prayer service may recite them afterwards, with the exception of the blessing Al netilat yadayim, which may not be recited after praying because it was instituted as a preparation for prayer. Similarly, … Continue reading

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05 – The Time to Recite Birkot HaShachar for One Who Wakes Up in the Middle of the Night

L’chatchilah, all the blessings should be recited as close as possible to the time one wakes from his sleep and it is not necessary to say them specifically after alot hashachar. Therefore, one who gets up before alot hashachar in … Continue reading

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06 – One Who Was Awake All Night

As a general rule, even a person who did not sleep all night recites Birkot HaShachar. As we learned (in halachah 3), these berachot were instituted on the basis of general benefit, and therefore, even if one does not personally … Continue reading

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