I notice in Minyanim that I participate in that when the Chazan repeats the Shemonei Esrei and gets to "Baruch Ata Hashem", nearly everyone says "Baruch Hu UVoruch Shemo".

Yet, those same people skip other places where Hashem's name is said. Why, for example, doesn't "Refaeinu Hashem" get a "Baruch Hu..."?

Moreover, why don't people say it when hearing someone is saying Birkos Hanehenin/Tachanun/Shir Shel Yom (all places where one can interrupt)?

  • 1
    halachayomit.co.il/DisplayRead.asp?readID=1067 Commented Mar 10, 2015 at 1:07
  • Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/10988
    – Fred
    Commented Mar 10, 2015 at 1:32
  • 1
    @DanF I think the point of the question was to include any time Hashem's name is said, even outside of berachos. Commented Mar 10, 2015 at 4:00
  • 1
    Can someone explain why it's opinion based? Commented Mar 10, 2015 at 4:13
  • 1
    @ShmuelBrin - you asked why some people don't do it. There can be all types of reasons, most notably because people are asleep, ignorant, etc. That's different from asking if there are minhagim stating not to.
    – DanF
    Commented Mar 10, 2015 at 14:01

1 Answer 1


Igros Moshe (OC 2:98) explains that since there is no obligation to answer "Baruch Hu U'varuch Shemo", therefore people are accustomed to not answering it to individual berachos.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .