Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Borei Nefashoth

I see that there has been a slim turnout of posters today. (As far as I can tell, I am the only one who has posted in the past 24 hours.)

I just wanted to point out what many of you might have noticed or sensed, but been to scared to admit: we have been studying the laws of ברכות הנהנין for almost a week now, and all along, the assumption in the תלמוד has been that whenever one does not follow a food with the full Grace After Meals (שלש ברכות) or the abbreviated Grace (מעין שלש), one says no blessing after it. The only mention of the blessing בורא נפשות רבות was in a הוה אמינא of the Stam a few days ago, in explaining how a certain מימרא, which said that a certain sage said a blessing after a certain food, did not necessarily mean that the said sage had said שלש ברכות or מעין שלש.

Certainly, it seems that recitation of בורא נפשות after food is, at the earliest, from the very end of the Talmudic period. Is it possible that its general application to all "minor" foods entirely post-Talmudic? Are we Jews so scared of not reciting a ברכה after certain foods that we must say בורא נפשות? Or is it a positive thing: we have so much יראת שמים that we feel that we must praise the almighty המקום at every possible opportunity?


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