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It is a long beracha, called the Birchat Me'ein Sheva. It starts with Baruch and ends with Baruch. The Mechaber Orach Chaim 268:8 writes that one praying alone should not say the blessing. The Ramah adds that one who wants to may do so, by skipping the beginning and conclusion of the blessing. The Be'er Heitev explains that this means the one praying ...


It seems to be a long bracha. In fact, my siddur calls it ברכה אחת מעין שבע -- one bracha that is seven. After all, why not ask about why we don't say amen before kel adon in Shacharit? ;)

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