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Does a blind person say the blessing of “Pokeach Ivrim”? [1]

There is an opinion[2] which states that despite the above custom, a blind person does not say the blessing of Pokeach Ivrim.[3] [Practically a blind person does not say this blessing.[4]]

[1] 46/7

[2] M”A 46/14

[3] Although we rule like the opinion which holds one is to say the blessings even if he did not receive their corresponding benefit nevertheless a blind man is not to say this blessing as he does not contain the physical ability to see. [ibid] This opposed to other pleasures, which although one may not have received the pleasure that day, nevertheless he has the physical ability to receive them.

[4] Ketzos Hashulchan 5/6; Machatzis Hashekel 46/14; Mor Uketzia 46; Yeshuos Yaakov 46/7; Shulchan Shlomo 6; Birchas Habayis 36/5; Yabia Omer 5/10

Other Opinions: The following Poskim rule a blind person may say the blessing of Pokeiach Ivrim based on that he receives benefit from the fact that other people are able to see and assist him: Kitzur SH”A 7/3; M”B 46/25 in name of Peri Megadim; Rav Akiva Eiger; Kesher Gudal 5/14; Birkeiy Yosef 46/10 [Shiyurei Bracha]; Shalmei Tzibur; Zechor Leavraham; Beis Oved brought in Kaf Hachaim 46/50; Ben Ish Chaiy Vayeishev 5; Piskeiy Teshuvos 46/14.

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