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Blessing over grapes and raisins


Dear Rabbi,

I was surprised to see that the correct bracha is HaEtz.

So, unless the grape is made into juice or wine, it is not HaGafen?



Correct. The bracha on fruits that grow on trees is Haetz, such as grapes, olives, or oranges. There is a specialness to wine, since it is considered by the torah as a prominent drink, that we say a special bracha on it, “borei pri hagofen”. This however would only apply if the juice was made int o wine (or at least grape juice). Otherwise the bracha on grapes of haetz.

Best wishes

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