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Generally, when I say the amidah with a minyan, I'm one of the last (if not the last) persons finishing. This means I'm still at the amidah when the kaddish is recited. And I don't know if I should keep praying, respond amen, or keep silent. What should I do when this happens?

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The Shulchan Aruch says that one should not answer to kaddish or kedusha in the middle of amidah. He says that one should stop praying, listen and lechaven and that will be as though one answered.

In Pninei Halacha Rabbi Eliezer Melamed brings sources that some say that doing so would constitute a hefsek. His conclusion is that one should wait and listen, as the Shulchan Aruch says, unless it intereferes with one's kavana, in which case it is allowed to go by those who say that it is forbidden to stop.

  • Thanks! But who says it is forbidden to stop? – Gabriel12 Jan 23 '16 at 18:04
  • @Gabe12 No problem, it is there in the notes: Rabeinu Tam and the Rif say one is not allowed to stop. Rashi and Rabeinu Chananel say one must stop and listen. The Tosfot and the Ran say the minhag is to stop and listen, and that's what the Shulchan Aruch decided. But if it intereferes with kavana Rabbi Melamed says that one can go with the above, as stated as well in Tzitz Eliezer (11, 3) and Halichot Shelomo (6, 12). – Cauthon Jan 23 '16 at 18:07
  • I don't have it before me now but seem to recall that some acharonim explain that the stop-and-listen rule applies only to "Y'he sh'meh...". – msh210 Jan 24 '16 at 3:24
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    @msh210 judaism.stackexchange.com/a/54061 – Fred Jan 24 '16 at 3:33

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