More Discussions for this daf
1. The Mishnah: interruptions during Shema 2. Standing in place when saying shema 3. Avram or Avraham
4. Hash-m keeps His laws; workers 5. Drashos of Rebbi and Chachamim 6. A Snake and A Lion
7. Sho'el Mipnei ha'Kavod 8. Tosofot raising questions on Rashi for Berachot perek rishon, 9. Argument of Bar Kapara and R' Shimon Berebbi
10. Interuptions - R' Meir v. R' Yehudah bottom of 13b 11. Interrupting the Shema 12. Kol Yemei Chayecha
13. Representations in the parable 14. Who Really Chooses the Child's Name? 15. Tosfos Sho'el

Joe Schwarz asked:

After so much debate as to when and under what conditions one may or may not interrupt during Shema - how does the Mishna Berurah ignore it all to say, in effect, "nowadays it is our custom not to interrupt . . ."

What is his source? How did the custom come about?


Joe Schwarz, New york, NY USA

The Kollel replies:

The Poskim were concerned with Amei ha'Aretz, those ignorant in Halachic matters, who would not know how to differentiate between an interruption for the sake of giving honor or showing reverence, and an interruption for a trivial matter. We find a similar concept in Shabbos 139b, as Tosfos there mentions in the name of Rabeinu Tam.

M. Kornfeld

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