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I Forgot To Recite A Berachah What Do I Do?

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If one who accidentally ate or drank something without reciting a berachah first, what does one do if one has not yet swallowed?


One who drank a drink and realized before he swallowed that he did not yet recite a blessing, may swallow and does not need to spit out the drink. However, before taking another sip, a berachah is required [1]. Ashkenazim hold that if one has more to drink one should spit out even the first sip and recite a berachah on the next sip. [2]

Furthermore, one who put food in his mouth without reciting a blessing, and then realized before swallowing that he has not yet recited a berachah, he should push the food to one side of his mouth and recite the appropriate berachah before swallowing. However, if it is a type of food that is not something disgusting to spit out, then one should first spit out the food, then recite the berachah. [3]

It's good to mention, putting something initially in your mouth and reciting a berachah with the food in your mouth is not permitted. As the pasuk states, โ€œoneโ€™s mouth should be full of Your praises.โ€


[1]. Shulchan Aruch 172:1; Yalkut Yosef 172:1; Kaf HaChaim 172:1; Halachah Berurah, vol. 9, p. 59, unlike the Ben Ish Chai, Matot 1:14 who says one should spit it out. Nonetheless, one should still try to think of the Berachah.

[2]. Mishnah Berurah 172:2. See also Chayeh Adam 49:10; Ben Ish Chai, Matot 1:14.

[3]. Shulchan Aruch 172:2 and Mishnah Berurah there; Halachah Berurah, ibid. p. 66.

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