Interruptions to a Bracha

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When is a new Bracha Rishona required?

  1. As long as one didn’t have a interruption in one's train of thought (Hesech Hadaat), which will be clarified below, one doesn’t need to make a new Bracha Rishona. However, if one made a Bracha Achrona, and one wants to eat again a new Bracha Rishona is needed. [1]
  2. If one if planning on having coffee or tea for a length of time as one sits and learns, one Shehakol covers all the cups one drinks even there’s a long break between cups. [2]
  3. If one made a Bracha Rishona and waited 72 minutes one doesn’t need to make another Bracha Rishona. [3]
  4. If one made a Bracha Achrona only because one was afraid that Shuir Ikul would pass and one has intent to continue eating afterwards, one doesn’t need a new Bracha Rishona when one continues to eat. [4]
  5. According to Sephardim, one who went to the bathroom while eating fruit when one returns one should make a new Bracha on the fruit. [5]

Interruption of a meal

  1. If one Davened in middle of a meal it’s not considered an interruption. [6]
  2. Sleeping in middle of a meal isn’t considered an interruption except that one needs to wash Netilat Yadayim. [7]
  3. During a meal, if one touches areas of one's body which are supposed to be covered, one should wash Netilat Yadayim without a Bracha. [8]
  4. Someone who went to the bathroom during a meal isn’t considered an interruption rather one should just make Netilat Yadayim and Asher Yatzer afterwards. [9]
  5. If one said Shir HaMaalot it is not considered an interruption of the meal. [10]


  1. Biur Halacha 190 D”H Acher, Vezot HaBracha (pg 53, chapter 5)
  2. Sh”t Yachava Daat 6:11, Sh”t Yabea Omer O”C 6:27, Sh”t Chazon Ovadyah 1:18, Yalkut Yosef (vol 3 pg 224)
  3. Yalkut Yosef (vol 3, pg 227)
  4. Yalkut Yosef (Kitzur S”A 178:18)
  5. Yalkut Yosef (vol 3 pg 330), Halichot Olam (vol 1 pg 44)
  6. Yalkut Yosef (vol 3 pg 228)
  7. Yalkut Yosef (vol 3 pg 229)
  8. Yalkut Yosef (vol 3 pg 331)
  9. Yalkut Yosef (vol 3 pg 330)
  10. Piskei Teshuvot 179:4