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If you are in the middle of a meal you have not yet finished, and you realized that you are running late to mincha, would praying mincha before saying birkat hamazot be considered a hefsek?

Can you continue the same meal after Minch but before the 72 minutes pass?

What should a person do in such a case?

  • I read in a book about brachos that it is not a problem to daven in the middle of the meal and continue eating or say birkat hamazon afterwards as long as you never leave the room. Unfortunately, i don't remember what book it was (pretty sure it was in English) – Daniel Sep 28 '14 at 1:29
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The Maharam Chalawa in the 10th chapter of Pesachim discusses this. He says that even if it were coming down to the end of zman Mincha and you had to stop to daven, it would still not be a hefsek.

This is codified by the Shulchan Aruch O.C. 178:6

מי שנזכר בתוך הסעודה שלא התפלל ועמד והתפלל אפילו אם אין שהות לגמור סעודתו ולהתפלל שחייב להפסיק ואי אפשר לו לאכול עד שיתפלל עם כל זה לא הוי הפסק

  • Daniel's comment above makes a mention about leaving the room--does this have any halachic weight? – Ani Yodea Sep 28 '14 at 13:03
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    @Ani Nothing on this site has halachic weight. – Double AA Sep 28 '14 at 15:38
  • IIRC, there are some issues around Netilas Yadayim in doing that (A machlokes if you have to wash again). – Yishai Sep 29 '14 at 13:53

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