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Bracha for Seeing a Scholar
# 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 Atta… SheChalak MeChachmato LeYire’av ברוך אתה ה' אלקינו מלך העולם שחלק מחכמתו . ליראיו <ref>S”A 224:6, Berachot 58a, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 60:9, Rambam Berachot 10:11, Yechave Daat 4:16, Chayei Adam 63:5. Even though the Rambam's text is SheNatan MeChachmato even for Jewish scholars, the halacha is to follow the text of the gemara which is SheChalak for Jews (Yachava 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, Tzitz Eliezer 14:36:3 </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), Yosef Ometz 450. * 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. Also, Ben Ish Chai Parashat Ekev: Halacha 13, Tzitz Eliezer 14:37:3, Chesed Laalafim 224:12 suggest making a beracha without Hashem’s name. Kaf Hachaim 224:19 agrees. However, Yachava Daat 4:16 argues that the talmidei chachamim of each generation are considered like the greats of the previous generations (Rosh Hashana 25b). * 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 that one should make this beracha on rabbis today. Rivivot Ephraim 8:128:6 writes that one should recite the blessing upon seeing Rav Shach zt"l, Rav Elyashiv zt"l, and Rav Chaim Kanievsky shlit"a. Similarly, Rav Shmuel Wosner (Shevet Halevi 10:13) writes that he recalls that when the Rogachover Gaon visited Vienna, many recited the blessing upon seeing him. The Chazon Ish felt that the beracha should be recited on the Steipler (Orchos Rabbeinu 1:109). The Steipler (Sefer Orchos Rabbeinu (1:110) writes that he recited this blessing upon seeing the Chofetz Chaim zt"l and Rav Meir Simcha zt"l of Dvinsk.* Ben Ish Chai Parashat Ekev: Halacha 13, Tzitz Eliezer 14:37:3, Chesed Laalafim 224:12 suggest making a beracha without Hashem’s name. </ref># For seeing a brilliant non-Jewish secular scholar the Bracha is Baruch Atta…SheNatan Atta… SheNatan MeChachmato LeBasar VeDam. <Ref>S”A Shulchan Aruch OC 224:7 </ref> Some say that there’s a minhag not to make this Bracha nowadays. <Ref>Piskei Teshuvot 224:5 writes that the minhag is not to make this Bracha since some say that one should make the Bracha on non-Jews that don’t keep the 7 מצות of Bnei Noach . </ref>
==Bracha for seeing a king or queen==

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