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hefsek, interruption, in the middle of an action

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Shaliach Tzibur saying personal prayer in Shema Koleinu

Recently I was in a Shul and the Shaliach Tzibur while saying the loud Shemona Esrei stopped in the middle of Shema Koleinu and quietly said a personal prayer. Having never seen this done before, I am ...
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Rockets from Gaza while praying

I live in Israel where there are presently (late 2012) ongoing rockets fired at us from Gaza. We are warned of an impending rocket by a loud siren that gives us less than a minute to run to a bomb ...
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If one mistakenly said רצה during a weekday ברכת המזון must he then repeat ברכת המזון?

I believe the halacha regarding someone who mistakenly started to say shmona esrei for Shabbos during the week and remembered before רצה is that he can continue with atah chonen and it is not ...
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Hamapil immediately before sleep, but what about undressing?

Generally, we are supposed to say hamapil beracha immediately before going to bed, with no interruption. How do we reconcile this with the idea that we should be dressed appropriately to make a ...
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Tefillin Chol HaMoed Hefsek

Although it's forbidden to make an interruption between putting on the tefilin shel yad and shel rosh (Shulchan Aruch 25:9) אסור להפסיק בדיבור בין תפלה של יד לתפל' של ראש ואם הפסיק מברך על של ראש ...
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Is Baal Kore allowed to drink water in the middle of reading Megillas Esther?

If the reader drinks water to lubricate his vocal cords in the middle of a megilla reading, is it considered an interruption that would require him to re-start at the beginning or is there no need to ...
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Minhag to pause in middle of birkas kriyas shema

Many (if not all) shuls that I have been to have it such that in the first bracha of kriyas shema everyone reads until וכלם פותחים את פיהם בקדשה ובטהרה, בשירה ובזמרה, ומברכים ומשבחים ומפארים ...
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Shinui Makom Summary Table

Is there available online a summary table, or better yet, a decision tree, that presents the conditional logic of the somewhat complicated laws of hesech hada'ath/shinui makom (diverted attention, e.g....
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Minimum amount of food to eat after bracha before speaking

My understanding is that after making a bracha, one should eat the food without a "hefsek" (interruption). Is there a minimum amount of food that one is required to eat after the bracha and before ...
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Are hefseks in between aliyot in krias hatorah made by the Rabbi issur?

In a lot of Chabad shuls I noticed the Rabbi usually gives a small drasha in between aliyot explaining what's coming up next or even have games for kids asking them for example to find how many alephs ...
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Hefsek between Karpas and maror?

In Shulchan Aruch (O”Ch 475:1): ויברך על אכילת מרור ויאכלנו בלא הסיבה ואח"כ נוטל מצה שלישית ובוצע ממנה וכורכה עם המרור וטובלה בחרוסת: הגה ויש אומרים דאין לטובלו וכן הוא במנהגים וכן ראיתי נוהגין: ...
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When is kedusha "over"?

As an extension of this question: When I daven and am still davening when the shaliach tzibbur repeats shmoneh esrei, I know I am supposed to stand quietly during kedusha and continue with my ...
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Hefsek (interruption) between the blessing on food and eating the food

Is it considered a hefsek to play with one's fingers or silverware or such while waiting for the challah to be passed around on shabbat, after the blessing made on it? Even though it isn't talking, it ...
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At what point in the morning prayer should one answer kedusha?

If one finished saying Krias Shema in Shacharis at the same time as the congregation is starting their silent shmone esray, my understanding of Shulchan Aruch O"C 109:2 is that one has to delay and ...
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Where is "Hefsek" defined first?

I am looking for the initial mention of the word "Hefsek" where it refers to a gap or interruption between saying a blessing and carrying it out. Shulchan Aruch, Orech Chaim, 167:6 discusses how ...
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Candle Lighting

I heard that when women light candles, due to a problem in making a berachah prior to the action, they light the candles, cover their eyes, and then recite the berachah. They have fulfilled their ...
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Washing for bread at work: how to avoid interruptions

I occasionally bring a sandwich to eat for lunch at work. The company has a small kitchen where I go to wash my hands, and then I generally eat at my desk. Whenever I have bread, I always try to wait ...
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Semichath ge'ulah l'tfilah by Maariv with a minyan

The gemara in Brachoth emphasizes the importance of semichat ge'ulah l'tefilla (adjoining redemption to prayer): דאמר ר' יוחנן איזהו בן העולם הבא זה הסומך גאולה לתפלה של ערבית... ... For R' Yochanan ...
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Hypothetical Halacha -- Is "Leishayv Basukkah" an interruption of a brocha on Shmini Ateres (if said by mistake)?

This case happened to me over the past Shemini Atzeres, and even though it's over now, I was still curious about the halacha. I was so used to saying Laysheiv Basukkah the entire Sukkos, so on the ...
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Can a Chazzan move in Mussaf on Y"K?

In Mussaf on Yom Kippur, there is a practice of prostration at various points. The Ramo writes in O"C 621:4 הגה ונוהגין ליפול על פניהם כשאומרים והכהנים והעם וגם בעלינו לשבח But, he goes on to ...
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Is speaking during the megilla meakev?

If someone isn't following inside, "spaces out" a bit and, during the pause after the first perek, mistakenly started to say the pasuk "ish yehudi..." If that person only said these two words and ...
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Finish it later and make a siyum?

Suppose someone part of a work of Torah and, later, picks up where he left off. Can he make a siyum (e.g. to exempt b'choros from fasting erev Pesach or to allow wine before 9 Av)? Possibly this ...
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When to take three steps forward

Before beginning Shemoneh Esrei, one takes three steps forward. Should they be taken after the kaddish beforehand is completed, to avoid being mafsik with the Amen? Or should you begin the steps while ...
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On Shabbos or Yom Tov can one wait for the chazzan and join him to say שוכן עד?

O Ch 53 (3) MB [9] says that after an individual finishes the פסוקי דזמרה he should go straight on and say ישתבח and not wait for the chazzan. On Shabbos or Yom Tov, is it permitted to stop and ...
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Washing Hands with Soap after Netilat Yadayim

Is a person allowed to wash his hands with soap after netilat yadayim for bread before making the Hamotzi blessing on bread? Or perhaps it is some kind of hefsek (interruption) between the two like ...
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Saying the Amidah, you discover it's unsuitable to daven

Lets say you're saying the Amidah when a condition that would make davening unsuitable, i.e. ervah, tumah, ruach ra, a mirror or some sort of picture in front of you, suddenly enters your purview. ...
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Can you sing during the sheva brachos?

I have been to weddings where, during the recitation of the seventh bracha under the chuppah, the congregation sings "asher bara...". Sometimes it is along with the one reciting the bracha and other ...
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Can there be a guide to what interruptions and skips can be made during parts of davening?

Can there be a guide to what interruptions and skips can be made during parts of davening? I'd like to see such a guide and think it would be extremely helpful to the users of Mi Yodeya.
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Speaking between two Sidrahs when reading a double Sidrah

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 ...
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Saying the Amidah, you find yourself in yichud

Let's say you are in the middle of your Shemoneh Esrei when and all of a sudden, the situation becomes yichud. What may you/must you/should you do? I know the very-basics like "don't interrupt one ...
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Can I do stuff before I take the three steps back after Shemonah Esrei?

If I finish davening Shemonah Esrei and I'm about to take three steps back and do the bowing procedure, can I first do something like pick up my cell phone and put it in my pocket or close a sefer or ...
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Speech After Recitation of HaMapil

What do halachic sources say regarding speech after the nocturnal blessing of HaMapil? Of particular (but not exclusive) interest are the earliest sources that prohibit speech after the recitation. ...
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Speaking 30 minutes after hamapil

A person is discouraged from speaking after reciting the blessing of "Hamapil" before bed (Magen Avraham 239 s.v. ומברך המפיל explaining why the SA says to say Hamapil after Kriyas Shema). Someone ...
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Why don't some people answer Boruch Hu Uvoruch Shemo in Chazzan's repetition of Shemona Esrei?

The custom is when someone is being Yotzei in a Mitzva from someone else (such as hearing the Shofar or reading of the Megilla), the person listening does not answer 'Boruch Hu Uvoruch Shemo' to the ...
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Does interrupting the kaballah of a neder require that I restate the neder?

If I'm in the middle of taking a neder and I interrupt in the middle of a sentence to answer "Amen yehei shmei rabah..." can I just continue where I left off in expressing my neder or do I have to ...
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Why is it so important to have 248 words when saying shema?

There are 245 words in the shema. To get to the number 248 there are two minhagim that help achieve this. One is to quietly say keil melech neemon before the shema and the other is either to hear the ...
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Saying stuff out loud with baal koreh

I've seen people in shuls say stuff out loud with the baal koreh such as כאלה during pesach or לא תבשל גדי בחלב אמו. This seems problematic if one has to hear torah reading on the tzibbur level from ...
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Why do Ashkenazim say a b'racha for each of the four cups?

Normally if you have wine and refill your glass during the meal you don't make a new borei p'ri hagafen. Why do we (at least Ashkenazim) say a new b'racha for each cup at the seder? I think I've ...
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The "nu" clause

The accepted Halacha is that one should not interrupt with unnecessary speech between the blessing on washing hands and making Hamotzi. There are other situations where talking is prohibited or ...
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Should people not say Vidui before Tachanun?

Assuming that it is a hefseik and forbidden to interrupt between amidah and tachanun, should a person who regularly recites vidui change his custom and delay the recital of vidui until later on, after ...
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Halachick problem with tucking tzitzit into belt

Over Shabbat someone told me they read in Meorot HaDaf Hayomi (מאורות הדף היומי) a while back that there is some problem with tucking the tzitzit into ones belt (he said something about heflesk maybe)....
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To interrupt Tefila by writing

For Birkat Hatora, writing is as speaking (SA OC 47,3): it is not allowed to write Divre Tora before Birkat Hatora. If someone ask you a question when you are davening, can you write an answer or is ...
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Can you translate a birchat hamitzvah before doing the action?

Can you translate a birchat hamitzvah before doing the action? I.e. for Channukah candles, can you say each bracha followed (or preceded) by its translation, and then light? What about for reading ...
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Answering Amen to Baruch Hashem L'Olam in Ma'ariv

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 ...
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Am I allowed to interrupt someone in the middle of Shmoneh Esreh if my question is related to davening?

My friend and I are in the middle of davening Shmoneh Esreh. Rather than talk, I text him, "I don't remember if today is Rosh Hodesh. Do we say 'Ya'aleh V'yavo?'" Can I interrupt my friend for this ...
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When can I turn pages for my neighbor

If I am praying next to an elderly person who I know is somewhat dependant on my help to find the place in the prayer book, at what points in davening may I silently direct him to the correct page/...
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Changed mind about eating after making netilat yadayim:

What should one do if one washes, with the intention to make ha'motzi on bread, makes the bracha al netilat yadayim and is then interrupted and is no longer able to eat, and/or no longer wants to eat. ...
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Davening musaf alone on Rosh Chodesh

Normally on Rosh Chodesh, people in most shuls I've seen take off their tefillin after kaddish, but don't wrap them. This is also what Artscroll nusach Ashkenaz says. What about if you daven alone ...
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Hefsek in being yotzei besamim in havdallah

This past motzei Shabbos, in the Shul where I davened, there were a number of young men who were lining up to be included in the communal havdallah done at the end of Maariv. The person making ...
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Noticing the chazzan's mistake while davening

If you are still davening but you notice that the chazzan made a mistake (yes/no mashiv haruach during the wrong season, for example), and nobody else notices, can you interrupt your davening to ...