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==Understanding Asher Yatzar==
# [[Asher Yatzar]] is an interesting beracha because it never directly addresses the topic that it is about. <ref> Aruch HaShulchan 6:1 </ref> One reason for this type of formulation is because it isn't respectful to talk about relieving oneself overtly <ref> Aruch HaShulchan 6:1 </ref>
# There is a lot of meaning contained within [[Asher Yatzar]], for example, there are 45 words corresponding to the numerical value of the word "ADAM" <ref> Ben Ish Chai as quoted in Rav Simcha Bunim Cohen, Laws of everyday living. This gematria is only accurate for Sfardim who have 45 words in their version of [[Asher Yatzar]] </ref>
# Numerous explanations are given for the word beChachma. Rashi ([[Berachot]] 60b "Umafli") explains based on Bereishit Rabba 1:4 that it is referring to the fact that Hakadosh Baruch Hu can keep air inside a person even though he has so many holes in his body. Tosafot ([[Berachot]] 60b "asher") explains that it refers to the fact that G-d created man's sustenance before he created him. The Maharsha ([[Berachot]] 60b "asher) explains that it is referring to man, and that he was created as an intelligent being. The Lavush explains that it refers to the many different processes that are involved in man's digestion and excretion; including taking in the food, holding the food, absorbing the nutrients, and excreting the waste <ref> Aruch HaShulchan 6:2 brings all of these explanations </ref>
# Nekavim mainly references the mouth and the organ used for excretion but is written twice to include every orifice <ref> Aruch HaShulchan 6:2 </ref>
==Obligation==
# In the morning, one who goes to the bathroom should make the Bracha of [[Asher Yatzer]]. If one slept (more than 30 minutes) then, according to Ashkenazim, one should make the Bracha of [[Asher Yatzer]] even if one didn’t go to the bathroom. <Ref> Rama 4:1 writes that one should make [[Asher Yatzer]] even if one didn’t go to the bathroom. Mishna Brurah 4:3 comments that this is only true if one slept at night. </ref> However, according to Sephardim, one shouldn't say [[Asher Yatzer]] unless one went to the bathroom.<ref>Kaf HaChaim 4:9</ref>
# If one woke in the middle of the night, one should make [[Asher Yatzer]] then and another [[Asher Yatzer]] in the morning. <Ref>Mishna Brurah 4:3 writes that it’s preferable to make [[Asher Yatzer]] after one goes to the bathroom and not to push it off until [[Davening]], because it’s likely one will one go again and then not have made a [[Asher Yatzer]] for the first time. </ref>
==MiscGeneral==
# Chazal instituted that one should recite [[Asher Yatzar]] after relieving oneself. The bracha was instituted for a person to give praise to Hashem for creating man with great wisdom. The Ben Ish Chai points out that the number of words in [[Asher Yatzar]] are 45, the Gematria of Adam and it has many secrets. <Ref>S”A 7:1, Ben Ish Chai Vayetseh #15</ref>
# One recites the bracha even if one only relieved oneself a minimal amount. Ideally, one should wash one's hands and recite [[Asher Yatzar]] immediately after coming out of the bathroom. However, one may recite the blessing as long as one does not feel the need to relieve oneself again. Once one feels the need to relieve oneself again, one should recites only one [[Asher Yatzar]] for both of them. <Ref>Mishna Brurah 7:2</Ref>
# According to Ashkenazim, because when one awakes in the morning one is considered to be a new being there are some who recite [[Asher Yatzar]] even if they have no need to relieve themselves. This is based on the pasuk: Emunatecha Rabba LeBekarim Chadashim, They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness<Ref>Eicha 3:23</Ref>. However, in order to be considered a new creation, one must have slept in his bed for at least a half hour after Halachik midnight. <Ref>Igrot Moshe 1:4:1, Kesot HaShulchan, 5:2</Ref>
# If no water is available to wash one's hands after relieving oneself, one should wipe one's hands on a piece of cloth or rub them against a hard surface such as a wall, and then recite [[Asher Yatzar]]. Later, when water becomes available, one should wash one's hands, but not repeat [[Asher Yatzer]]. <Ref>Birkei Yosef 7:3, S”A 4:22</Ref>
==Understanding Asher Yatzar==
# [[Asher Yatzar]] is an interesting beracha because it never directly addresses the topic that it is about. <ref> Aruch HaShulchan 6:1 </ref> One reason for this type of formulation is because it isn't respectful to talk about relieving oneself overtly <ref> Aruch HaShulchan 6:1 </ref>
# There is a lot of meaning contained within [[Asher Yatzar]], for example, there are 45 words corresponding to the numerical value of the word "ADAM" <ref> Ben Ish Chai as quoted in Rav Simcha Bunim Cohen, Laws of everyday living. This gematria is only accurate for Sfardim who have 45 words in their version of [[Asher Yatzar]] </ref>
# Numerous explanations are given for the word beChachma. Rashi ([[Berachot]] 60b "Umafli") explains based on Bereishit Rabba 1:4 that it is referring to the fact that Hakadosh Baruch Hu can keep air inside a person even though he has so many holes in his body. Tosafot ([[Berachot]] 60b "asher") explains that it refers to the fact that G-d created man's sustenance before he created him. The Maharsha ([[Berachot]] 60b "asher) explains that it is referring to man, and that he was created as an intelligent being. The Lavush explains that it refers to the many different processes that are involved in man's digestion and excretion; including taking in the food, holding the food, absorbing the nutrients, and excreting the waste <ref> Aruch HaShulchan 6:2 brings all of these explanations </ref>
# Nekavim mainly references the mouth and the organ used for excretion but is written twice to include every orifice <ref> Aruch HaShulchan 6:2 </ref>
 
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