Readers’ Matzav: Talking After Borchu


siddurDear Editor,

I would like to share an important, but often overlooked halacha. The Mishnah Berurah in Hilchos KriasShema (236:1) paskens that when davening Maariv, once the chazzan says Borchu, one should not talk, even if one did not begin the first bracha, if one is davening with that minyan. Many people are not aware of this. As a matter of fact, the Mishnah Berurah himself writes that, ba’avonoseinu harabim, many people are nichshal in this.

The Mishnah Berurah bases his p’sak on Acharonim, including the Elyah Rabbah and Pri Megadim, who say that after Borchu is considered k’emtza haperek, and once the minyan answers borchu, it is as if they started the bracha.


A Matzav Reader

Lakewood, N.J.


  1. Thank you for that.
    Another common one, is people who talk after washing for bread, before they make the bracha of al netilas yadaim. Someone once told me that talking prior to making al netilas yadayim is more chamur than talking AFTER netilas yadayim before the hamotzie bracha.

  2. I am always amazed at the persistent tendency in some shuls to engage in gratuitous
    chatting instead of davening. It is better
    to converse outside the sanctuary. Afterwards
    the conversationalists can return to complete
    their prayers with the proper devotion.

  3. A question I am often faced with: If one has to say bracha achrona or asher yatzar may he recite it after answering ‘borchu’ or postpone until after davening?

  4. with what# 2was saying i think we should verify that he just simply came to visit rav aliashuv like every yid but not to look at it as if he is supporting his album etc….unless we here it from the godal hador befeirush