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Wine Exempting Other Beverages From A Berachah

Updated: Jun 7, 2023

The Daily Halacha Moment - Wine Exempting Other Beverages From A Berachah 🍷

״כל השונה הלכות בכל יום - מובטח לו שהוא בן ‎העולם הבא״ (נידה עג ע״א, מגילה כח:)

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Does the berachah of Hagefen exempt one from making a Shehakol on other beverages?


One who recites the berachah of Hagefen on wine and drinks even a little bit is exempted from reciting the Berachah of Shehakol upon drinking other beverages. This is very common when one is at a Bar Mitzvah Kiddush etc. [1]

Therefore, one who makes Kiddush and drinks some wine or people who listened to one's Kiddush and drank some wine themselves and after decided to drink other beverages aren't obligated to recite the berachah of Shehakol, since the wine already exempted them from the blessing of Shehakol. [2]

However, if one didn't taste any wine even if he heard the berachah of the Kiddush from someone else and after wants to drink other beverages should recite the berachah of Shehakol. [3] Similarly, grape juice has the same law as wine and the blessing exempts other beverages as mentioned above. [4]

Furthermore, just as the berachah of wine exempts one from the berachah of Shehakol on other beverages, it also exempts one from the berachah achrona. Therefore, one who drank a Reviit (approximately 2.7 ounces) from the wine and a Reviit from other beverages the berachah achrona of Me'en Shalosh which is said on the wine, exempts the Berachah achrona of Boreh Nefashot from the other beverages. Similarly, even if one recited the berachah of Shehakol on the other beverages (like If one forgot that one drank wine) nevertheless the berachah of Me'en Shalosh which is recited after the wine exempts one from Boreh Nefashot. However, if one only tasted a bit of wine less than the amount needed to recite the berachah achrona (less than 3 oz) but drank a reviit of other beverages, would need to recite Boreh Nefashot. [5]


[1]. Chazon Ovadia, Berachot, p. 73 & pp. 83-84. See also Halichot Olam, vol. 2, p. 22 in the footnote.

[2]. Chazon Ovadia, Berachot, pp. 71-72.

[3]. Yechaveh Daat, vol. 5, 20; Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 2, p. 164; Chazon Ovadia, Berachot, p. 72; Halichot Olam, vol. 2, p. 22.

[4]. Chazon Ovadia, Berachot, p. 74.

[5]. Chazon Ovadia, Berachot, p. 72. See also Yabia Omer, vol. 7, O.C. end of 32.

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