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Halacha - brochos
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Answer: Well there are some rolls that heve on them a label that says "mezonos", so it's not fair to say there is no bread named "mezonos". However, the beracha that should be said on them is hamotzi. An exception would only be possible if the bread was usually eaten as a snack by most people in this area. If that would be the case we could start discussing different issues such as: is it made from pure juice or concentrate and water, and how sweet does it need to be. So I guess you could call a croissant "mezonos bread", but I would just call it cake.
posted:2008-05-04 22:53:13  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - brochos
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

The source is R' Moshe Feinstein zatzal based on the assumption that pizza is pas habaah b'kisnin. The halacha of pas habaah b'kisnin it that one makes mezonos on it if eaten as a snack and hamotzi if eaten as a meal and presumably a single slice of pizza is not a full meal, however if it eaten with side dishes it could be.

The classification of pizza as pas habaah b'kinsnin, however is problematic. It is not based on the cheese on top, because the Magen Avraham and most poskim hold that cheese and other non-sweet filings do not render the baked item pas habaah b'kisnin and it would be hamotzi like any other bread. Even if the pizza is made with milk or juice in place of water, it is still questionable if it is sweet enough to lose its status as bread. But most importantly, pas habaah b'kisnin by definition is an object that most people most of the time would not eat as a meal. Since I don't think this is true regarding pizza, it would be considered bread l'halacha and one would make hamotzi on any quantity even if made without water.

Therefore, in my opinion all pizza is always hamotzi unless one lives in a place where most people usually eat pizza only as a snack.

posted:2008-05-03 22:52:09  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - hamotzi
Submitted by Chaim  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

For starters, are the crackers meant to be eaten as a snack or as a meal? If they are meant as a meal they are hamotzi, see what I recently wrote regarding pizza. If they are meant as a snack they are mezonos, unless you personally intend to eat enough to make a meal, in which case you would say hamotzi.

In general, if there is doubt in halacha if the proper beracha is hamotzi or mezonos one would say mezonos, as the Taz in OC 168 writes that mezonos is a safek berachos l'kula and includes hamotzi. However, a doubt only refers to a case where one has learned the relevant halachos and asked a Rav and the issue is still unresolved. Otherwise there is no dispensation to be lenient.

posted:2008-05-02 12:46:49  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Brachas
Submitted by LH  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Answer: I would recommend "The Laws if B'rachos" printed by Artscroll. It is a comprehensive work with over 400 pages and should cover any questions you have. Despite its length, it is clear and easy to understand and should not be too intimidating.
posted:2008-04-11 07:37:59  (0) comments   email to a friend

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