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Do Women Repeat Birkat HaMazon If She's In Doubt If She Recited It Or Not?

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Question:

Do women repeat Birkat HaMazon if she's in doubt if she recited it or not?


Answer:

This all depends on how we interpret the Gemara in Berachot (20b) whether a woman is obligated to recite Birkat HaMazon on a biblical level.

That being said, A woman who ate bread and is unsure whether she recited Birkat HaMazon, should hear it from someone else or wash again and make another HaMotzei to remove herself from doubt. However, if that's impossible, Ashkenazim hold that she may say Birkat HaMazon[1], but according to the Sephardic she does not recite Birkat HaMazon out of doubt.[2]


Sources:

[1]. The Mishnah Berurah 186:3 holds that there's enough to rely on for a woman to go back and make Birkat HaMazon if she wants. This is also the opinion of Rabbi Binyamin Zilber quoted in VeZot HaBeracha p. 351.

[2]. Ben Ish Chai, Chukat 1:9; Kaf HaChaim 184:25; Ohr Letzion 2:13:4; Yachaveh Daat 6:10, and Halacha Berurah 184:10 (explained in Sh"t Otzerot Yosef 7:7) hold that a woman is possibly obligated Deoraita (Berachot 20b) and so in a case of doubt we revert to the rule of Safek Berachot and so a woman wouldn't return and make the beracha.


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