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Do foods before a meal require a bracha achrona?
==General Case==
* The Rashba (Brachot 41b) ponders whether any food eaten before the meal is considered disconnected from the meal and requires a bracha achrona or perhaps since they whet a person's appetite for the meal the birkat hamazon covers them. He quotes a Yerushalmi (Brachot 6:5) which seems to dispute this exact point. His conclusion is that one should make a bracha on all food before a meal since they aren't connected to the meal. This is also the opinion of the Ramban (Milchamot Pesachim 24a) and Ritva (Brachot 3:5)and cited in Bet Yosef OC 174:3.
==Mein Shalosh==

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