1. I heard that one can/ should, step out of שמונה עשרה if they are being disturbed and move to somewhere else. Where is the halachic source for this?

  2. I also heard that they may move elsewhere and continue from where they left off. However, talking is not permitted. Where is the halachic source for this?

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    mishna berurah 104:2 Jul 20, 2014 at 4:31
  • Someone told me that I can also find this in the Shaarei Teshuvah. Do you know where it is located? Jul 20, 2014 at 18:06
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    @Matt Sounds like an answer....
    – MTL
    Jul 20, 2014 at 20:17

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The Mishna Berura (cited by Matt) says (104:2):

ואפילו במקום הפסד ממון אין לו להפסיק. כתב הח"א [כלל כ"ה ס"ט] העומד בתפלה ונסתפק באיזה דין איך יתפלל כגון ששכח איזה דבר בתפלה מותר לילך ממקומו למקום מיוחד ולעיין שם בספר ואם מותר לשאול הדין צ"ע ונ"ל דמותר

One may not pause in the middle of davening, even in a situation of monetary loss. The Chayei Adam wrote (25:9) that someone who is standing during davening, and becomes uncertain about something that he is supposed to be doing; for example, he forgot to say something in davening, he is allowed to walk from where he is standing to look up the halacha in a sefer. It's unclear if he would be allowed to talk to ask someone for the halacha, but it appears to me that it is permissible.

(translation mine)

  • See also here with a different reference to MB where he says moving is allowed in case of danger but not speaking
    – mbloch
    Dec 23, 2015 at 16:03

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