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# The bracha doesn’t begin with the words “Baruch Atta Hashem” because it’s a bracha connected to a previous bracha. <ref>[[Brachot]] 46a writes that [[Brachot]] that follow a previous one don’t begin with Baruch. Talmedei Rabbenu Yonah 1a say that Ahavat Olam is a bracha connected with the previous bracha and even if it’s said out of order one doesn’t being with Baruch since it’s established as a connected bracha. Orchot Chaim ([[Barchu]] 2), Kol Bo 8, Tur and S”A 60:1 agree. However, Sh”t Rashba 317-8 argues that it’s not a bracha connected to the earlier one since it can be said out of order but it doesn’t begin with Baruch since it’s a short bracha and just ends with Baruch. Interestingly, Meiri ([[Brachot]] 11b) says since it’s a connected bracha only when it’s said together with the previous bracha do you not being with Baruch but if it’s said alone one must begin with Baruch. Magen Avraham 60:2 rules like Talmedei Rabbenu Yonah that even if the bracha is said alone it’s said without Baruch. Sh”t Igrot Moshe O”C 3:81 says that since one is allowed to interrupt between the [[Brachot]] for [[amen]] and even to greet someone who deserves respect, clearly Ahavat Olam is considered a connected bracha even when said alone. Sh”t Yabia Omer E”H 4:7 and Sh”t Tzitz Eliezer 6:2 discuss the dispute in the Achronim whether there’s an issue of interruption in the [[sheva Brachot]] at a wedding since the Minhag is for a different person to say each bracha and still some of the [[Brachot]] are considered connected [[Brachot]] for which we don’t being with Baruch. </ref>
==Gaal Yisrael==
# One should not answer Amen to his own or anyone else’s Bracha of Ga’al Yisrael even though it really isn't an interruption between Geulah and Tefillah.<ref>Not only do Rashi (Brachot 45b) and the Rosh (ibid 7:11) write that one should answer Amen to Ga’al Yisrael and that it’s not a Hefsek, but the Tur (OC 66:7) even writes that it’s a Mitzvah! Nonetheless, the Beit Yosef (ibid66:7 and 51:3) rules the one should refrain from doing so, as the Zohar says not to by Ga’al Yisrael. Shulchan Aruch OC 66:7 follows the Zohar, while the Rama follows the Tur. See further in [[Answering_Amen_to_Your_Own_Bracha]].</ref># Therefore, some ashkenazim have the practice that the chazan says gaal yisrael quietly. <ref> see See Sh”t Rivivot Ephraim 1:71 who says the reason that some do this is because there is debate as to whether or not one should recite amen after the bracha of gaal yisrael since we do not want to interrupt between the bracha and the beginning of the shemoneh esrei (semichut geula litefilla). He adds that an ashkenazi who hears the conclusion of the bracha should in fact answer amen. </ref> Others disagree and say it should be said aloud. <ref> Rav Herschel Schachter quoting Rabbi Soloveitchik (Nefesh Harav pg. 130) </ref> Ways how to avoid the dispute include finishing the bracha of gaal yisrael together with the Shaliach Tzibbur or just starting Hashem Sifatay Tiftafach a bit before the Shaliach Tzibur does.<ref>Mishna Brurah 66:35</ref>
# It is forbidden to break up Gaal Yisrael and Shemona Esrei even with a pause and not speaking.<ref>Rabbenu Yonah (Brachot 4b s.v. tanya), Pri Megadim E"A 66:13, Mishna Brurah 66:29</ref>

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