One who is reciting Grace After Meals [Bircat Ha Mazon] or the blessing “Al Hamihya” and hears Shema Yisrael or Kaddish or Kedusha or Barekhu should not stop to answer because these 2 blessings have the same rules regarding interruption as the Shemoneh Esreh [Amidah]. This rule applies even to the Fourth blessing of Bircat Ha-mazon –Tob U- Metib — even though its status is Rabbinical [as opposed to the first three blessings which are considered D’Orayta –Torah derived]. The long blessings like Asher Yasar, Boreh Nefashot, and Elohai Neshama are interrupted to answer in these situations [so long as one has said a word of the berakha AFTER the word Ha-Olam]. One does not interrupt the short blessings [like those on food, fragrance or morning blessings] to answer the above listed recitations [debarim b’kdusha]. [Source Yalkut Yosef vol 3, Siman 183:3]
Life is a constant struggle. The struggle to survive, to make ends meet; the struggle of one’s upward striving, creative self, to grow and excel with his mundane, self oriented nature: The spirit of man gravitates upward, while the physical in him drags him down. Yet it is the struggle itself that brings out the best in us.
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Mrs. Goldberg meets an old school friend.”Rosie, why don’t you come visit me?” “I’d love to, where do you live?” “I’ll explain to you how to get there. I live on Elm street, the apartment building right opposite the bank. When you come to the door, you press the buzzer with your elbow. I’ll hear you right away and I’ll buzz you to push the door with your elbow and go down the hall. There you’ll find an elevator; push the button with your elbow. When the elevator opens, get in and push #3 with your elbow and it will go up. When you arrive, the door opposite the elevator is where I live; push the doorbell with your elbow and I’ll let you in!” “Okay,” Rosie says, “I’ll see you tomorrow. But tell me, what’s all this with the elbow?” Mrs. Goldberg looks at her and says “Why, I’m sure you’re not going to come empty handed!”