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Birchas Ha’mitvois

Question:

Does one need to stand to stand by brochos such as Al Netilas Ya’dayim, Elokay Neshoma, Birchas Ha’torah, Birchas Ha’shachar? Thank you.

Answer:

It is preferred to stand for all of the Birkas Hashachar. The reason is because Al Netilas Yodayim and Birkas Hatorah are Birkas Hamitzvos, (the bracha we say when performing a mitzva) and the correct way to say Birkas Hamitzvos is standing. Elokai neshoma and Birkas Hashachar are Bikas Hashevach (a bracha of thanks and praise to Hashem for a certain good thing that He has bestowed upon us). Although it is not required, it is still preferable to stand when saying Birkas Hashevach.

Best wishes

Sources:

M:B 8-2, Pri Megadim Introduction to Hilchos Brachos 18, Mikor Chaim O:CH 46-2 brought in Rivivos Efrayim 5-4, 6-9 (6), Teshuvos Vhanhagos 3-76, Vzos Habracha pg. 153,Piskei Teshuvos 218-1.

 

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