Halakhah Quiz

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According to Jewish law, what are the four blessings that are made only once a year?

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22 thoughts on “Halakhah Quiz

  1. here is my guess (I am assuming you are talking about in Israel where we have one Seder)
    1. The blessing on 2 blooming fruit trees during the month of Nissan
    ברוך אתה ה’, אלקינו מלך העולם, שלא חיסר בעולמו (דבר) כלום, וברא בו בריות טובות ואילנות טובות (טובים) ונאות , (כדי) להנות בהן בני אדם

    2. Before searching for the bread at Bedekat Chametz
    ברוך אתה ה’ אלוקינו מלך העולם, אשר קדשנו במצוותיו וציוונו על ביעור חמץ

    3. The blessing on Matzot at the Seder
    ‘אשר קדשנו במצוותיו וציוונו על אכילת מצה’ ואכילת מצת מצווה

    4. Eating Maror at the Seder
    ברוך אתה ה’ אלוהינו מלך העולם אשר קדשנו במצוותיו וציוונו על אכילת מרור”.

  2. In addition to Daniela’s excellent list, there is also the blessing recited when lighting candles on Erev Yom Kippur:
    אשר קידשנו במצוותיו וצוונו להדליק נר של יום הכיפורים

  3. I see I’m too late. My family came up with these:
    1) fruit trees
    2) candle lighting on Yom Kippur
    If you live in Israel:
    3) matza
    4) maror

    No one mentioned looking for chametz.

  4. The fourth blessing is “Nachem,” which is added to the blessing of “V’LiYerushalayim” in the Amidah during Mincha on Tisha B’Av.
    (I got the answer from my husband. Does that count as cheating? 🙂 )

    Also, in addition to Matzah and Maror, there is a third blessing which is recited once a year only in Israel: “Ga’al Yisrael,” which is recited towards the end of the Seder.

    Thanks for a fun quiz!

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