Amein To Bracha on Treife Food


hamburgerIf one hears someone make a beracha on non-kosher food, one should not answer Amein. (Shulchan Aruch w/Mishnah Brurah 215:5, Piskei Tshuvos 215:11)

If one hears someone make a beracha on food at a time when one may not eat (e.g. on Tisha B’Av, or Yom Kippur), or Hamotzie on bread when the person did not first wash Netilas Yadayim, one should nevertheless answer Amein(Piskei Tshuvos 215:11).

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  1. What is someone is required by Hallachah to eat treif food because of a piku’ach nefesh medical condition?

    Should he make a berachah?

    If yes, can we answer amein?

  2. See Mishna Berura Siman 196:5 that eating treif when its for Pikuach Nefesh is not an Issur, and is considered Mutar. If a Bracha can be made, Amen can be answered in this case (as the Mishna berura Siman 196:2 clearly ties the answering of Amen to if a Bracha can be made)

    Bracha V’hatzlacha
    Ben Olam Haba


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