While saying Shnayim Mikrah V'echad Targum, it is best not to talk. Magen Avraham (285:11) writes:

וְטוֹב שֶׁלֹּא יַפְסִיק כְּלַל בְּשִׂיחָה

It is good to not interrupt at all by speaking.

Ba'er Heiteiv (285:1) goes even further:

ואיסור גדול להפסיק בקריאת שמו״ת בדיבור

And it is a great prohibition to interrupt while reading Shnayim Mikrah V'echad Targum with speech.

What about a week when we read a double Sidrah? May one speak between the two Sidrahs?

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    One may talk in between Parshios in the Torah. A Parsha ends after a "Fay" or "Samach". I believe all Sidrahs except for Vayigash end with either one of those.
    – Earl
    May 5 '17 at 16:43

My understanding is that when two Sidrahs are read together, they become - for now - a single Sidrah. Consider that the last possuk of the weekly portion is repeated so as to end with mikra. In double Sidrah weeks, this only applies to the final verse of the second Sidrah.

Most of the double Sidrahs are short enough that even together, they're not that long. (Matos-Mas'ei being the exception.) If you do need to pause in the middle, you can do so at any parsha break (a Pei or Samech).

  • Please can you add some sources?
    – Ploni
    Jun 21 '17 at 5:47
  • I have none accessible at the moment. I have a vague memory of the Shlah, Maseches Shabbos, speaking of this. Will update with sources when I have a chance.
    – Menachem
    Jun 21 '17 at 5:52

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