Mi Yodeya is a question and answer site for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Does Baruch HaShem Le'Olam have the same Din as Birchoth Keriath Shema' in terms of interruption?

If you are in the middle of the Berachah, do you respond to the same things as you would if you were saying Shema' UVirchothehah, or can you respond to things more liberally like other types of Berachoth?

The reason I ask is that I was advised long ago to skip it if I'm falling behind, since so many communities don't say it at all because they view the Berachah itself as an interruption, whereas one may not skip the other Berachoth (like Hashkivenu) because that would break up the order of Birchoth Keriath Shema'.

share|improve this question
I don't follow what the issue of skipping it when late has to do with the level of interruption permitted during it. – Double AA Jul 4 '12 at 3:11
What other brachot have more lenient rules regarding interruption during the bracha than birkot keriat shema? – Double AA Jul 4 '12 at 3:31
@doubleaa, to your first point, is my edit better? To your second, Pesukei DeZimra, for example. – Seth J Jul 4 '12 at 3:34
?? Pesukei Dezimra is not a bracha. Re your edit: so you're trying to measure how integral BHL is by comparing it's status vis a vis interruptions? If so I still think it could be clearer in the Q. – Double AA Jul 4 '12 at 3:40
PD"Z is two Berachoth HaSemuchoth LeHavertan, is it not? And no, I'm comparing its importance and wondering how that affects its rules vis a vis interruptions. – Seth J Jul 4 '12 at 3:44
up vote 3 down vote accepted

The Aruch HaShulchan OC 236:12 rules that in between each of the 18 verses of Baruch HaShem Le'Olam is considered like "between the chapters" regarding interruptions, and that during the paragraph begininning Yir'u Eineinu is considered like "in the midst of the chapters" regarding interruptions.

share|improve this answer
Awesome answer. Just what I was looking for. I'm just waiting to see if there are any others. – Seth J Jul 4 '12 at 3:37

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.