For a sefardi that only says one beracha on tefillin, can "Amen" and "Amen - yehe scheme raba..." be answered immediately after putting on the shel rosh but before tying the shel yad around the fingers? Or must he wait until the tefillin is on completely?

Since the shel rosh has been put on as well, is it considered that the beracha has been fully utilized or is there still the aspect of tying the strings around the finger that is needed to be completed before an interruption is allowed?

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    Why does only saying one bracha matter?
    – Daniel
    Nov 16, 2014 at 20:10
  • @Daniel the single beracha covers both shel yad and shel rosh -- being the case you are not allowed to interrupt the process before everything the beracha was intended for is completed.
    – Ani Yodea
    Nov 16, 2014 at 21:56
  • @AniYodeya Ashkenazim also can't interrupt before everything their brachot were intended for is completed. What does 1 vs 2 have to do with it?
    – Double AA
    Nov 16, 2014 at 22:01
  • Why is it any different if he says two brachas?
    – Daniel
    Nov 16, 2014 at 22:03
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    Ani Yodeya, don't remove the part about the b'racha. The issue of b'racha is important. They're merely picking on your specifying that the question is according to S'faradim. The same issue would apply to Ashk'nazim, as the b'racha that Ashk'nazim make on the shel yad applies to the shel rosh also and therefore its "scope" (if you will) extends as long as a S'faradi's b'racha's "scope". But it's fine: nothing's actually wrong with the question: you're entitled to ask according to S'faradim only, and, indeed, it's conceivable a priori that the practice of what to [cont'd]
    – msh210
    Nov 16, 2014 at 22:52

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I can't tell you for sure but here is some info that may help.

Concerning the hephsek between the shel yad and the shel rosh, the Ben Ish Chai is stringent not to interrupt for Kadish or Kedusha between the two even when NO bracha is made, such as when putting on Rabbeinu Tam. See his halachos at the end of parshas Vayeira, shana alef, siman 26. So apparently making a bracha or not should not matter.

Concerning the actual wrapping of the retzuos, see there siman 16, he is of the opinion that WHILE wrapping one should say the psukim 'vi'eirastich li etc'. This would imply that there Is no problem of hephsek. This is not a perfect proof because you can always say those psukim are connected to the laying of tephilin, but you can decide.

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