Blessing on Water

Mark Duman (
Fri, 31 Jan 1997 10:31:34 +0100

A wee query that has been "nipping" my head. I believe that one is NOT
required to say a brocho (blessing) on water that we drink to help swallow
a medicine, and indeed that this is also extended to the consumption of
water when one is not actually thirsty (e.g for hydration prior to intense
exercise). If one of the concepts behind reciting a brocho is to
acknowledge that Hashem is the source of all such good, why should the need
to say this be negated when we don't actually "need" the item. I hope this
is clear? Have an uplifting Shabbos...

(-: Mark Duman :-)
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