Q. Because of my medical condition, I’m permitted to take pills during the fast of Shiva Assar Betamuz. The pills have to be taken with a glass of water. Do I make a bracha on the water?
Although, we don’t usually say a bracha on water used for taking pills, this case is different since after all I will enjoy the water, as I will already be thirsty, should I then say the brocho?
If I find the flavor of garlic very disgusting, should I add some garlic powder to the water?
A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that you don’t recite a brocho since the real reason you are drinking that water is for taking the pills, and otherwise you wouldn’t be drinking it, you are exempt of reciting the brocho.
The Rov’s opinion is that you don’t have to make the water distasteful by adding unsavory additives.
Rabbi A. Bartfeld as advised by Horav Shlomo Miller and Horav Aharon Miller Shlit’a