Making a Hefsek during Hallel

Hefsek-Making an interval to answer Amen and the like:[1]

Complete Hallel: When the complete Hallel is recited, the laws of making a Hefsek [speech interval] during Hallel has the same laws as a Hefsek during the reading of the morning Shema.[2] This applies for both the laws of Hefsek within individual paragraphs and between paragraphs.[3]

Half Hallel: When the half Hallel is recited, such as on Rosh Chodesh and Chol Hamoed Pesach, then it has the same laws of interval of between paragraphs.[4] [Some[5] learn this to mean that it has the same status as between the paragraphs of Shema. Others[6] learn this to mean that it has the same status as Pesukei Dezimra. Practically, one may stop to answer everything that one can answer during Shema, which includes: Amen Yihei Shimei Raba and Amen of Daamiran Bealma of Kaddish; Kadosh Kadosh, Baruch and Yimloch of Kedusha; Borchu; The three words of Modim Anachnu Lach; Amen for Birchas Hatorah, Hakeil Hakadosh and Shomeia Tefila.[7] One may make an interval even in the midst of a verse[8], although in the event that one did so he is to return to the beginning of that verse.[9]]

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[1] Admur 488/3; Michaber/Rama 422/4

[2] Admur ibid; Rama ibid

The reason: As the recital of Hallel on these days is a Rabbinical obligation and hence receives a stricter status. [Admur ibid]

[3] Admur ibid; Peri Chadash 422; Kaf Hachaim 422/47

[4] Michaber 422/4 regarding Rosh Chodesh “One may ask Shalom even in the middle and for one who he must respect, and he may answer Shalom to any individual.”; Admur ibid that Chol Hamoed Pesach has the same status as Rosh Chodesh.

The reason: As on these days the recital of Hallel is only a Minhag and hence has a lesser stringency of Hefsek. [Admur ibid]

[5] Hefsek Betefilah 4/10 [p. 80] and p. 196; Dinei Uminhagei Rosh Chodesh Chabad 8/12 based on Admur 66/5 [and Chayeh Adam 20/4] that one may not make an interval of Amen between the paragraphs of Birchas Shema; Hiskashrus 441

[6] Nitei Gavriel Pesach 7/12 [p. 69]; Yabia Omer 2/32; The Peri Megadim 51 and glosses of Rav Akiva Eiger rule it is permitted to make an interval of Amen between the paragraphs of Birchas Shema. [See M”B 66/23]

[7] See Admur 66/4-5; Siddur Admur

[8] Admur 66/4; Kaf Hachaim 422/46

[9] Ketzos Hashulchan 18/2

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