Yom Kippur: How Often Can I Make a Berachah on Besamim?

412. Making the Brachah on Besamim on Yom Kippur

Whereas we are required to afflict our bodies on Yom Kippur, it does not apply to oursense of smell.  Therefore, we may smell all types of scents, pleasant or not; in fact, it’s recommended that we make a brachah on besamim throughout Yom Kippursince we have difficulty reaching the requisite one hundred brachos we are required to recite daily, as we do not eat and drink. We may make the brachah on besamimas many times as we wish on Yom Kippur—or on any other day—provided that we were maisiach daas (we took our minds off the smelling of the besamim). After a sheinas k’va (regular, prolonged sleep), we may recite the brachah on besamimagain, since sleeping is obviously hesech hadaas. We may recite numerous brachosif we have access to a variety of besamim that require different brachos, such as atzei besamimisvei besamim, and so on.


Practical Halacha: One minute a day. By Horav Yosef Yeshaya Braun, shlita, Mara D'asra and member of the Badatz of Crown Heights.