Are there any sources that comment on what to do if one is interrupted in the middle of the process of Shacharit, mincha or ma'ariv prayers without a minyan? Is it necessary to resume praying from the start once the disturbance has finished, or merely to continue from where you were when able to?

Is, for example, it permissible to resume sachrit prayers

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    You should clarify what part of the prayer you were interrupted in, and from where you are thinking of restarting. Certainly you would not start over from the very beginning.
    – Ariel
    Nov 16, 2012 at 0:53
  • I agree with Ariel, there are different laws depending on what part of Shacharit you were holding. e.g. in middle of Amida, vs. Pesukei Dzimra
    – shnozolla
    Nov 16, 2012 at 17:35

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There seems to be no difference between praying with or without a minyan.

As a general rule, one may not interrupt one's prayers.

The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch brings the following cases:

  • During Psukei Dzimra one should try make the interruption between chapters, or at least between verses. He doesn't specify what to do if one interrupted for a long period of time.
  • During Shema once can interrupt for saying Amen and the like, and then one rstarts the Pasuk one uninterrupted.
  • During Shema if one interrupted by talking or going to the bathroom, one has to restart Shma from the beginning.
  • During the Amida one may not interrupt; in cases of great need one can speed through the Amida be starting each Bracha and then saying it's ending. (If one did interrupt, IIRC one has to restart the Amida.)

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