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How long does it take for a bracha on ANY kinds of food (with same bracha) to wear off/fade?

Question:

How long does it take for a bracha on ANY kinds of food (with same bracha) to wear off/fade? For instance, I’ve eaten an apple and made Ha’eitz. In ten minutes decided to grab dried fruits with the same bracha of Ha’eitz. What happens in the second case. Is it not appropriate to recite Ha’eitz again. We must be careful not to mention hashems name in vein. Is the timing to early or late? In other words, how long does it take for a timing to wear off/fade after going for seconds or thirds consisting with the same bracha. Thank you.

Answer:

Thank you for your question.

When a person makes a bracha, as long as he still intends to eat, his bracha is still valid, because it is considered one long meal. Therefore, your second or third portion will not get a separate bracha. However, if leave the place that you made the bracha, such as going to another house. Or, if you thought that you are finished eating, and involved yourself in other activities, then you would make another bracha on the other food you eat. Therefore, in your situation it really would depend if you had in mind to eat the dried fruits, when you ate the apple. Additionally, even if you were just noshing and you would eat whatever you find in the kitchen, that would all be included in your first bracha.

Sources:

O:CH 177,178, Vayikra Yitzchok on Mishna Berura 179-5.

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