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Saying "Amen!" is Much Harder Than We Think

Rav Dovid gives a daily halacha at the Wall Street Synagogue in Lower Manhattan.
This series delves into the source, meaning, and intention behind the simple word "Amen" -- which is much deeper and more complicated than it appears at first glance.
25 Nissan 5770 listen The Hierarchy of Prayer Responses (18:48)
Yehei Shmei; kedusha; amen...
Sources: Beur Halacha 109 d.h. "L'kdusha o l'kadish
8 Adar I 5768 listen Review: Shema through Aleinu (15:10)
A review, summary and overview of halachot of shacharit, from Shema through Aleinu.
7 Adar I 5768 listen Review: Wakeup through Shema (15:32)
A review, summary and overview of halachot of morning conduct, from waking up through the recitation of Shema.
18 Shevat 5767 listen Interruptions During Pesukei d'Zimra (Part 2) (13:18)
It is forbidden to interrupt pesukei d'zimra except for certain prayer responses.
Sources: OC 51:4; MB 51:10-11
17 Shevat 5767 listen Interruptions During Pesukei d'Zimra (Part 1) (14:09)
It is forbidden to interrupt pesukei d'zimra except for certain prayer responses.
Sources: OC 51:4; MB 51:6-9
13 Shevat 5767 listen Interrupting Between Baruch She-Amar and Hodu (12:31)
Though it is forbidden to interrupt between a bracha and the action which required the bracha, we can say "Amen" between Baruch She-Amar and Hodu. Why?
Sources: OC 51:2-3; Beur Halacha d.h. "Oneh Acharav"; MB 51:4
Dedicated in memory of Aharon ben Tzvi on the occasion of his yahrzeit.
12 Shevat 5767 listen Answering "Amen" to Your Own Bracha (16:36)
In general, we don't answer "Amen" to our own brachot, but there are exceptions.
Sources: OC 51:2-3; MB 51:2-3,5; Beur Halacha d.h. "HaChazan"
8 Kislev 5767 listen Responding After the Chazan Even If You Don't Know What He Said (14:05)
Should you answer "amen" if you don't know what you are answering to? What about kaddish or kedusha? Should you respond "amen" to a child's brachah?
Sources: OC 124:11-12; MB 124:45-47
7 Kislev 5767 listen The Meaning of "Amen" (11:58)
What does "amen" mean? Also: "amen" that is too short or too long.
Sources: OC 124:8-11; MB 124:35,41
6 Kislev 5767 listen Knowing What Bracha You Are Answering (8:54)
More about orphaned, rushed, mumbled, and other incorrect forms or pronunciations of "Amen."
Sources: OC 124:8; MB 124:33-34
Dedicated by Ronald and Marion Stein l'ilui nishmat Meir Tzvi ben Dov Ber on the occasion of his yahrzeit.
29 Cheshvan 5767 listen Orphaned, Rushed, and Mumbled "Amen" (10:23)
Pitfalls to avoid in saying "Amen": not hearing the end of the bracha, answering too quickly, not answering quickly enough, mumbling or swallowing the sounds, and more.
Sources: OC 124:8; MB 124:30-32
26 Cheshvan 5767 listen Putting the "A" in "Amen" (15:08)
The proper pronunciation of the "A" in "Amen" and the proper kavanah for "Amen."
Sources: OC 124:6,8; MB 124:25,29

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Fast Days | The Three Weeks | Tisha B'Av | The Four Parshiyot | Parshat HaShavua
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