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Rabbi Moshe Leib Halberstadt

Tishrei 4, 5770
Question
What is the bracha on a rice cake, on granola. Do you make a bracha on tea at desert of a meal?
Answer
The Bracha on Rice Cakes according to most Poskim is Bore Pri HaAdamah before, and Bore Nefashot after. Many prefer to eat it as a part of a meal or be Poter it by making a Bracha on foods that clearly need a Brachah of Adamah and Mezonot in order not to go into a Safek. [ספר וזאת הברכה עמוד 108] The Bracha on Granola depends on many details and there are various opinions among the Poskim. Following is a short summary: A. If the Granola was roasted without water, the opinion of many Poskim is that the Bracha is Bore Pri HaAdamah before, and Bore Nefashot after. Due to the Safek it is better to eat it as a part of a meal. B. If the Granola was cooked all agree that the Bracha is Mezonot before and Al HaMichyah after. C. If it was steamed, there is a very big disagreement among the Poskim whether the Bracha is HaAdamah or Mezonot so it is recommended to eat it as a part of a meal or be Poter it with other foods. D. If it is eaten with milk and the Granola pieces stick to each other like by oatmeal, all agree the Bracha is Mezonot and Al HaMichya. [שו"ע או"ח סימן רח סעיף ד ובמ"ב ס"ק טו, ספר וזאת הברכה עמודים 105, 276, 277]. One should not make a Bracha on Tea at dessert of a meal. It is preferable to make a Shehacol on another dessert in order to be Poter the Tea, due to the disagreement among the Poskim regarding this issue. [מ"ב סימן קעד ס"ק לט, ספר וזאת הברכה פרק ח עמוד 73].
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