About the Author


Rabbi Yair Spolter

Rabbi Yair Spolter is originally from Silver Spring, Maryland, where he attended the Yeshiva High School of Greater Washington. He studied in Jerusalem for six years under the tutelage of Rabbi Zvi Kushalevsky. Rabbi Spolter is a trained cognitive behavioral therapist and has published articles in a variety of periodicals on subjects ranging from parenting to prayer. He is currently teaching at Yeshiva Gevuras Yitzchok ("Kesher") in Jerusalem. He and his family reside in Kiryat Sefer, Israel.


30. Shinuy Makom: Wrap-Up and Review

Instances when a bracha remains in effect even after making a shinuy makom.

29. Outdoor Eating

The difference between enclosed areas and open areas.

28. Leaving the House

Walking outside implies a cessation of this eating session.

26. Terminating a Bracha's Effectiveness

Certain actions can signal your intention to stop eating.

27. Introduction to Shinuy Makom

Changing locations can terminate a bracha's effectiveness.

21. Special Status of Mezonot

A mezonot ingredient is always considered primary, even when not the majority.

23. Unauthorized Brachot

An unnecessary bracha is a problem of "saying God's Name in vain."

18. Including Other Foods – Part 1

A bracha includes whatever foods you intend to eat at the time you said the bracha.

19. Including Other Foods – Part 2

The bracha said at the beginning of the meal covers all foods normally consumed in a meal.

17. Sequence of Brachot – Part 2

When two foods have different brachot, which bracha is said first?

16. Sequence of Brachot – Part 1

When eating two foods that have the same bracha, we say the bracha over the more important food.

15. Drinks During a Meal

When you drink during a bread meal, when is a bracha required and when is it not?

13. Other Foods at a Bread Meal

Generally, when other foods are eaten with bread, the only bracha recited is Hamotzee.

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