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If one is in doubt whether one can make a Bracha the general rule is that one shouldn’t make the Bracha. <Ref>S”A 209:3 </ref>
==If one's in doubt if one made a bracha==
# If one is in doubt whether one made a Bracha Rishona or not , one may not make the Bracha , rather it’s permissible to continue eating eat without a Bracha because of Safek Brachot LeHakel. <Ref>S”A in 167:9 and 209:3 writes clearly that if one is in doubt whether one made a Bracha one doesn’t not go back and say it except for Birkat HaMazon. Mishna Brurah 167:49 adds that it’s forbidden to make a Bracha in a case whether there’s a doubt. </ref> # If there’s a doubt whether one interrupted his eating (with a hesech hadaat[[Hesech Hadaat]]) one shouldn’t make another Bracha and it’s permissible to continue eating. <Ref> VeZot HaBracha (beginning of chapter 10, pg 87) </ref># If one is in doubt whether one can make a Bracha the general rule is that one shouldn’t make ==Alternatives to saying the Bracha. <Ref>S”A 209:3 </ref>actual bracha==# It’s most preferable to make the same Bracha on another food upon which one didn’t originally intend to eat and have intent to cover the doubt one is in. <ref>Vezot HaBracha (pg 87, chapter 10) </ref>
# Alternatively it’s preferable to listen to someone making that Bracha, while the one making the Bracha has intent to fulfill the obligation of the one listening and the one listening should intend to fulfill the obligation. <ref> Mishna Brurah 167:49, Vezot HaBracha (pg 87, chapter 10) </ref>
# Another preferable option is to obligate oneself to make another Bracha by making a proper Shinui Makom. <Ref>Vezot HaBracha (beginning of chapter 10, pg 87) in name of Rav Elyashiv </ref>
# In these situations there are a number of suggestions of how to make the Bracha without making an unnecessary Bracha.
* ## Some say that one can say the Bracha in a language other than Hebrew, however, many great authorities disagree and forbid this. <Ref>Mishna Brurah 215:11, Piskei Teshuvot 209:7 . Pri Megadim (M”Z 319:3), Sh”t Igrot Moshe 4:49, and Chazon Ovadyah Sukkot (pg 245) in cases of doubt forbid saying Bracha with the language of Barich Rachmana Malka DeAlma and continuing with the text of the bracha. </ref>* ## Some say that one may say the Bracha as part of learning (reading it from Shulchan Aruch or Rambam), however, many argue that this too is forbidden. <Ref> Piskei Teshuvot 209:7 </ref>* ## Some say that one should think of the Bracha or at the name of Hashem and not verbalize it. <ref>Piskei Teshuvot 209:7, Kaf HaChaim 157:10, Vezot HaBracha (beginning of chapter 10, pg 87) </ref>* ## Some say to read the פסוק of Vayivarech David until the words MeOlam VeAd Olam and then conclude the Bracha according to the appropriate ending. <Ref> Halichot Shlomo (end of chapter 22) </ref>
==Birkat HaMazon==
# If one had a bread meal, was full, and is in doubt whether one made birkat hamazonBirkat Hamazon, one should say Birkat HaMazon since Birkat HaMazon is Deoritta. <Ref> S”A 209:3 </ref> However, if one’s not full or isn’t sure if one’s full, one doesn’t make Birkat HaMazon. <Ref> Mishna Brurah 209:10 writes that one makes Birkat Hamazon out of doubt only if one’s full. Kaf HaChaim 184:20 (quoted by VeZot HaBracha (pg 87, beginning of chapter 10) adds that even if one is in doubt whether one’s full, one doesn’t make Birkat HaMazon. </ref>
==Al HaMichya==
# If one had a kezayit of mezonot and is in doubt whether one made Al HaMichya, one should and may not go ahead make Al HaMichya out of doubt rather one should be careful to eat another kezayit (without a Bracha Rishona) and then make Al HaMichya. <Ref> Mishna Brurah 209:10 </ref>
 
==Alternatives to saying the actual bracha==
# If there’s a safek whether one may make a Bracha, one may not make that Bracha with the language of Barich Rachmana Malka DeAlma and continue with the Bracha because that’s also considered a Bracha. <Ref>Pri Megadim (M”Z 319:3), Sh”t Igrot Moshe 4:49, Chazon Ovadyah Sukkot (pg 245) </ref>
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