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98. Communicating During Shema
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17:5 The Shema must be read with great care from a siddur; one should be able to hear the words he is reciting. Grammatically, one must not pronounce a Hebrew word as if it has a dagesh where it doesn’t, or vice versa. One should also pause briefly wherever a vertical line is drawn in […]
97. Saying “Echad”
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17:3 Before beginning, one should have the intention that he is about to fulfill the mitzvah of reciting Shema. When a person says the words “Shema Yisrael,” he should concentrate on the meaning, i.e., that we Jews should recognize that God is our Lord and that He is unique and unified in all creation. The […]
96. When to Recite Shema
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17:1 The time to say Shema in the morning begins at the same time when one may first put on his tefillin, namely when it is light enough to recognize an acquaintance from about six feet away (refer back to 10:2). The time for Shema lasts through the first quarter of the daylight hours, whether […]
95. Interrupting in the Middle of a Section of Shema
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16:4 If one is in the middle of the blessings on either side of Shema, he should pace himself so that his interruptions to answer the various prayers fall between the topics of the blessings. If he saying Shema itself, he should pace himself so that his replies fall between the verses. If this is […]
94. Interrupting between Sections of Shema
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16:2 Between the sections described in 16:1, one may answer “Amen” to any blessing and certainly to Kaddish, Kedusha and Barchu. However, one may not respond “Baruch Hu u’baruch shmo” at these junctures. If a person hears the congregation saying Shema and he is in a different spot in his prayers, he does not say […]
93. Shema and its Blessings
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15:13 We only appoint someone who can grow a beard as permanent shaliach tzibbur but any boy aged 13 years and one day can serve as prayer leader on a temporary basis (but not on Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur or fast days – Mishnah Brurah 53:24). 16:1 Shema is recited with three blessings, “Yotzeir Ohr,” […]
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 […]