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Brachot on Sights

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==General laws of Brachot on Sights==
# If one saw a friend one a television or heard them on the phone or radio, one doesn’t make any Bracha for seeing or hearing them. <Ref>Yalkut Yosef (vol 3 pg 406) </ref>
# All the below [[Brachot]] for certain sights are made if one hasn’t seen them in thirty days or more. <Ref>224:13; Kitzur S"A Shulchan Aruch 60:12 </ref>
# Seeing from a distance or airplane is still considered good enough vision in order to make the bracha as long as one can see the sight clearly and the sight is recognizable. <Ref>Vezot HaBracha (pg 154-5), Piskei Teshuvot 228:1 </ref>
# Seeing a sight at night warrants a Bracha as long as one the sight is distinguishable even at night. <ref>Vezot HaBracha (pg 154), Piskei Teshuvot 228:1 </ref>
# Nowadays we do not make the Bracha for seeing a house of Avoda Zara (which was Baruch Atta…SheNatan Erech Apayim LeOvri Retzono). <Ref> S”A 224:1 writes that for seeing an Avoda Zara the Bracha is Baruch Atta…SheNatan Erech Apayim LeOvri Retzono. The Mishna Brurah 224:2 adds that this Bracha also applies if one only sees the house of the Avoda Zara. However, the Rama 224:1 writes clearly that our minhag is not to make this Bracha nowadays since we see these houses of Avoda Zara often. Mishna Brurah 224:3 extends the case to even if one didn’t see the house of Avoda Zara in thirty days one still doesn’t make the Bracha. </ref>
==Bracha for Seeing a Scholar==
# For seeing a great Jewish Chacham (wise scholar) the Bracha is Baruch Atta…SheChalak MeChachmato LeYire’av ברוך אתה ה' אלקינו מלך העולם שחלק מחכמתו . ליראיו <ref>S”A 224:6, Berachot 58a, Kitzur S"A Shulchan Aruch 60:9, Rambam Berachot 10:11, Yechave Daat 4:16</ref> Some say that this beracha should not be said with Hashem's name. <ref> BI"H, Ekev, 13; Kaf HaChaim 224:19 </ref> Anyway, this Bracha is made rarely because it should only be made for a wise scholar, G-d fearing person, and man of [[Middot]]. <Ref>Piskei Teshuvot 224:4, Yalkut Yosef (vol 3 pg 602).
* Aruch HaShulchan OC 224:6 says not to make this beracha nowadays since we are not sure if the talmidei chachamim are as great as the talmidei chachamim to which the gemara refers.
* However, the Piskei Teshuvot (224: note 17) lists many gedolim who made this beracha on others. It also quotes Rav Moshe Feinstein, Chacham Ovadia, Chazon Ish, Minchat Elazar 5:7 and Rivivot Ephraim 8:128:6 who hold that one should make this beracha on rabbis today

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