Water and a Brocha

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    The din is that if you are not thirsty you don’t make a brocha on water. But why? If you are not hungry and you eat an apple you still have to make a brocha. If you are not thirsty but take a cup of coke you make a brocha. Water is The Best Stuff on Earth™! When I drink sugary/fruity drinks I am still thirsty but then I take some water and WOW!, it revives me!! This whole world is dependent on water! What better thing to say, “Shakol Neyeh Bedvoroh” then on water?



    .. And that is exactly what I once heard about Torah being compared to water. One has to feel thirsty for it in order to make a Brocha on the Torah. “Because they didn’t make a Brocha on the Torah” – refers to this point.

    Hate to sound too sublime, it’s something I once heard (nothing at all to do with me).


    Water is special. It’s not the same level of food as everything else.


    You sound like one thirsty fellow. That’s probably why it’s hard for you to relate to it. But the fact is, when you are not thirsty you don’t enjoy water, as opposed to anything else you would eat or drink, which has a taste even when you’re not hungry or thirsty.

    🍫Syag Lchochma

    I don’t make a bracha on water at all. And I only drink it if I have to. It gives me stomach aches and heartburn (yes, I am serious). I can go weeks without drinking any water but then I usually end up with an infection of some kind so I am more careful to drink regularly even though I’d rather not. It’s fun to swim in though, and I still thank Hashem it exists.


    great question.

    The halacha is that we say a bracha when (a) there is nutritional benefit and/or (b) the taste buds get pleasure.

    Water has 0 calories (therefore, no nutritional benefit) and it has no taste (so the taste buds get no pleasure from it). if, however, you are thirsty or you desire to drink water, then there’s pleasure so a bracha is necessary. if you’re drinking so that you will not become thirsty in the future (e.g., before a taanis), it’s a machkoles as to whether a bracha is necessary.

    if you want to make a bracha, or you’re ever in doubt as to whether or not you’re thirsty, say it on something else and have in mind to exempt the water.

    hope this helps.

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