Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Interruptions between consecutive blessings


Certain blessings were created to be recited consecutively, and so the first blessing begins with the standard 'Baruch atah' introduction and the rest do not. Examples of this include the blessings of the Amidah and Birchat haMazon, as well as the blessings leading up to Shema. [This is called 'berachah has'muchah lachavertah'.]

One is not supposed to recite blessings without the 'Baruch atah' introduction, unless they have a preceding blessing which begins 'Baruch atah'.

Nonetheless: If one responds 'Amen' to a blessing in between two consecutive blessings, he should continue to recite the second blessing and not be concerned about losing the 'Baruch atah' introduction which began the first one.

(Rav Moshe Feinstein, Igrot Moshe Orach Chaim 3:81)

Have a great day,

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