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92. Who is Qualified to Lead the Service
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15:11 We should try to have a suitable shaliach tzibbur so that the verse “she raised her voice against Me, causing Me to hate her” should not apply to our minyanim. (The Talmud in Taanis 16b says that this verse refers to a shaliach tzibbur who is unsuitable but who nevertheless represents the congregation in […]
91. If the Minyan Loses Members
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15:9 One should try to say the Kedusha in the blessing of Yotzeir Ohr with a minyan, though if that is not possible, it may be said alone. 15:10 If there is an exact minyan of 10 in shul, none of them are permitted to leave. If one does, the verse “Those who leave God […]
90. Answering Barchu
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15:7 If there are not nine in the minyan to answer the shaliach tzibbur, he should not recite the Kaddish because all “matters of holiness” require a minyan of one reciting and nine responding. Nevertheless, if one of the ten is saying Shemoneh Esrei, he still counts even though he is unable to respond. This […]
89. Kaddish
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15:5 One should make sure to hear the Kaddish and to reply to it with proper concentration, especially to “Amen, y’hei Shmei rabbah,” the proper recitation of which can annul a negative Heavenly decree of even 70 years. This response should be said out loud because it is the sound of one’s voice that cancels […]
88. Assembling the Minyan
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15:3 It is prohibited to count Jews, even for the sake of a mitzvah (Exodus 30:12). Moses took a census by counting half-shekel coins (30:13) and Saul counted his troops using goats (I Samuel 15:4). We must therefore be careful not to count the members of a minyan “one, two, etc.” The custom is to […]
87. A Minyan
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15:1 After Yishtabach, the shaliach tzibbur (prayer leader) says “half Kaddish.” Kaddish, Barchu, Kedusha and reading the Torah require a minyan of ten adult males (see 15:2, below). If a minyan wasn’t assembled when they said Yishtabach but it became completed after, Kaddish is not recited at that point. This is because Kaddish is only […]
86. What to Skip
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14:7 If one said the blessings mentioned above (in 14:6) and has already put on his tallis and tefillin, he may skip if necessary to catch up to the minyan for Shemoneh Esrei, even to join the minyan at the blessing of Yotzeir Ohr (before Shema). Time permitting, one should recite Baruch She’amar, Ashrei and […]
85. Arriving Late to Shul
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14:5 On Shabbos and Yom Tov, Psalm 100 (“Mizmor L’Sodah) is not recited, since this corresponds to the korban todah (thanksgiving offering), which was not offered on Shabbos or holidays. It is likewise not recited on erev Pesach or Chol HaMoed Pesach, since a korban todah was offered with ten loaves of bread, which would […]
84. When to Stand
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14:3 From the start of pesukei d’zimrah through the end of prayers, a person should be careful not to touch any part of his body or head that is normally covered. If he needs to clean his nose or ears, he must use a handkerchief. If he touched his nasal mucous or earwax, he must […]
83. Pesukei D’zimrah
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14:1 The section that starts with the prayer Hodu through the end of the Shira is called “pesukei d’zimrah” (“verses of praise”). This section is bookended by two blessings: Baruch She’amar at the beginning and Yishtabach at the end. Once a person has started Baruch She’amar, he may not interrupt this section with speech until […]