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This page references an uncited location in the Mishneh Berura and says that "[O]ne only makes separate berachos if there is a complete interuption between the talis katan and gadol. Just walking to shul would not meet that criteria." For the purpose of deciding whether to say both berachas, what constitutes a "complete interuption"?

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Related judaism.stackexchange.com/a/11303/759 and comments there – Double AA May 21 '13 at 16:30
Why not comment on the posting and ask him? – Double AA May 22 '13 at 1:50

It's MB 8:28 and :33–34. He says speaking about an unrelated matter would constitute sufficient interruption according to some but not others. He says also that, although walking to the synagogue does not constitute a sufficient interruption, some hold that a new blessing would be said because the original blessing was in a different location. But he does not list any specific activity that would constitute sufficient interruption according to everyone. (Rama there, however, says that removing the first garment before donning the second would necessitate a blessing on the second.)

Note, anyway, that the practice I'm familiar with (cited with approval by MB :24) is that someone planning to say a blessing when donning the talis gadol at shacharis does not say a blessing when donning the talis katan even if there is significant interruption between the two acts of donning.

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According to the MB, if one did not know that he would have an unrelated conversation on the way to shul, how would he know to say the beracha on the talis katan? – Daniel May 21 '13 at 16:28
@Daniel Isn't your question backwards? The talis katan comes first (IME at least). You say a bracha before doing a mitzva, and if something interrupts, you say a new bracha later on a new mitzva. – Double AA May 21 '13 at 16:29
@Daniel, I've edited to clarify. Does that answer your question? – msh210 May 21 '13 at 16:32
@msh210 I don't see how your edits helped with Daniel's comment. The practice you cite, while tangentially related, is not part of an answer to this question. – Double AA May 21 '13 at 16:34
(As I noted elsewhere it is doubtful if the Mishna Berura would still approve of the latter practice today.) – Double AA May 21 '13 at 16:38

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