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There are different practices regarding inserting the 18 verses of Baruch Hashem L'Olam between the Sh'ma and the Amida in Ma'ariv. This site points to one reason for not saying them:

The rishonim dispute whether one must juxtapose the mention of the Redemption with the beginning of the Shemoneh Esreh prayer even for Maariv. Tosafos (Berachos 4b) write that one must, and explain that the Hashkiveinu blessing that separates the Redemption from the prayer is not considered an interruption because it is “one long [mention of] redemption.” Tosafos also explain that the longer Baruch Hashem Le-Olam prayer does not constitute a hefsek, though some are careful not to recite the blessing for this reason (see Maaseh Rav no. 67).

If I follow the final ruling and don't say the verses so as to avoid the interruption, but am davening with a minyan that DOES say it, should I answer amein to the blessing before kaddish or does that create the same interruption as if I had said it?

This question provides an answer that in a different case, saying a couple of words is not an interruption but I don't know if the cases are truly analogous.

There is a video online which might answer this but I can't get it to work so I don't know if it addresses my question.

  • If I remember Tosfot says tha Rabenu Shmuel skipped the BHL – kouty Dec 14 '16 at 12:31
  • How is this different from saying Amen to Hashkivenu or Kaddish or to someone walking by and saying Shehakol? – Double AA Dec 14 '16 at 14:53
  • Does anyone have the practice of not saying hashkiveinu? – rosends Dec 14 '16 at 15:02
  • @Danno Are you responding to me? No, I don't think anyone has that practice. – Double AA Dec 14 '16 at 16:11
  • @DoubleAA If no one has that practice then that would make the amein for hashkiveinu different in the mind of the person saying it. BHL is, in this particular opinion, a hefseik, but hashkiveinu is not a hefseik, so I'm wondering if this would make the amein different. – rosends Dec 14 '16 at 16:48

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