DailyHalacha.com for Mobile Devices Now Available

Select Halacha by date:

Or by subject:

Or by keyword:
Search titles and keywords only
Search All    

Weekly Perasha Insights
Shabbat Morning Derasha on the Parasha
Register To Receive The Daily Halacha By Email / Unsubscribe
Daily Parasha Insights via Live Teleconference
Syrian Sephardic Wedding Guide
Download Special Tefilot
A Glossary Of Terms Frequently Referred To In The Daily Halachot
About The Sources Frequently Quoted In The Halachot
About Rabbi Eli Mansour
Purchase Passover Haggadah with In Depth Insights by Rabbi Eli Mansour and Rabbi David Sutton
About DailyHalacha.Com
Contact us
Useful Links
Refund/Privacy Policy
Back to Home Page

Click Here to Sponsor Daily Halacha
"Delivered to Over 6000 Registered Recipients Each Day"

(File size: 3.04 MB)
Must One Recite Two Berachot When He Eats a Cracker With a Topping?

Very often, hors d’oeuvres served at affairs include crackers with a topping such as fish, tomato, or anchovies. If one eats a cracker with a topping, must he recite two separate Berachot – one over the cracker, and one over the topping – or does he recite just one Beracha that covers both?

The Shuhan Aruch (Orah Haim 212) writes that in such a case, one recites only the Beracha of "Mezonot" over the cracker, and this Beracha covers also the topping. This follows the general principle that whenever a "Mezonot" food is eaten together with another food, the "Mezonot" food is considered the "Ikar" (primary component), and thus one recites only the Beracha of "Mezonot" over the combination, which covers both portions.

Elsewhere (in Siman 168), the Shulhan Aruch appears, at first glance, to indicate otherwise, writing that if one eats a cracker with a topping, he recites a Beracha only on the topping. However, the commentators explain that this passage refers specifically to the case of a tasteless cracker, which is eaten not for its taste, but only in order to hold the topping, so that one’s hands are not dirtied by the topping. A common modern-day example, as Hacham Ovadia Yosef writes, is a tasteless wafer cone eaten with ice cream. The cone itself has no taste, or very little taste, and it is included only to hold the ice cream, and therefore, one who eats ice cream with such a cone recites only the Beracha of "She’ha’kol" over the ice cream, and this Beracha covers also the cone. But in the case of a regular cracker which one eats with a topping, he recites the Beracha of "Mezonot," since the cracker is considered the primary component.

The Mishna Berura (Rav Yisrael Meir Kagan of Radin, 1839-1933) ruled (168:45) differently, claiming that a "Mezonot" food constitutes the "Ikar" only if it was cooked together with the other food. In his view, if a topping is placed on a cracker, then since the two products were prepared separately and are now combined, one must recite two separate Berachot, one over the cracker and one over the topping. Hacham Ovadia Yosef, however, disputes this ruling, citing proofs from earlier sources. Therefore, one who eats crackers with a topping recites only the Beracha of "Mezonot."

Summary: If one eats a cracker with a topping, he recites only the Beracha of "Mezonot" over the cracker, and this Beracha covers the topping, as well.


Recent Daily Halachot...
Violating Shabbat for a Woman and Newborn After Childbirth, and for Fetal Distress During Pregnancy
Violating Shabbat to Care for a Woman After Childbirth
Violating Shabbat For the Sake of a Woman in Labor
Resuscitating an Unconscious Patient on Shabbat
Using Suppositories or an Enema on Shabbat
Taking A Blood Test on Shabbat
Exercising on Shabbat
Prescription Medication and Antibiotics on Shabbat
Shabbat – Using Mouthwash, Eating Food for Medicinal Purposes
Pills That are Allowed on Shabbat; Inducing Vomiting on Shabbat
The Use of a Baby Monitor on Shabbat
Applying Ice to Reduce Swelling on Shabbat
Shabbat – Treating Dislocated or Broken Bones; the Use of Band-Aids and Iodine
Applying a Bandage with Ointment to a Wound on Shabbat
Food Cooked by a Gentile on Shabbat for an Ill Patient
Page of 230
3443 Halachot found