May One Combine Two Different Foods To Reach A Kezayit?

The Daily Halacha Moment - Combining foods for a Kezayit 🍲


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Question:

In a previous Halacha Moment we discussed that one needs to eat a Kezayit (around 27 grams) of food in order to recite a Berachah Achrona. That being said, If one ate a half Kezayit of mein shalosh (something mezonot) and a half Kezayit of boreh nefashot can he combine them to recite a Boreh nefashot?


Answer:

Very interesting question, it's a Machloket.

According to Sephardic custom one needs to eat a full Kezayit of the category of food that requires that Berachah Achrona in order to be obligated in reciting that Berachah Achrona. For example: one who eats half a Kezayit of cookies and half a Kezayit of Candie would not recite any Berachah Achrona since one needs to eat a full kezayit (around 27 grams) and may not combine. [1]


According to Ashkenaz poskim one who ate half a Kezayit of Mein Shalosh and half of Boreh Nefashot, would need to recite a Boreh Nefashot. [2]


Sources:

[1]. See Yabia Omer OC 1:12; Halacha Berura 210:11; Chazon Ovadia, Berachot pg 262.

[2]. Mishnah Berurah 210:1.


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