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I have been to weddings where, during the recitation of the seventh bracha under the chuppah, the congregation sings "asher bara...". Sometimes it is along with the one reciting the bracha and other times he waits for them to sing it and then repeats it himself. Is this a halachic problem either because the chassan and kallah have not heard the entire bracha from the one saying the bracha or maybe because the pause in between is a hefsek?

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Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/13385 –  msh210 Jun 10 '12 at 6:58

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There are 3 main problems with the person singing along:

  1. It is a hafsaka. This is much worse than waiting and not saying anything.
  2. The tune tends to repeat the words a few times over. This definitely invalidates the bracha.
  3. Sheva Brachot require a miniyan to hear and answer amen. That is not possible when 200+ people are singing.
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theblitz, First of all some sources would be nice. Second, how is waiting while others sing worse than waiting? Alternatively how is singing along with them a hefsek? Also, how do you know that repeating words, while not proper to do lechatchila, would definitely invalidate the bracha? Finally, how do you know that it isn't good enough for a minyan to hear most of the bracha? –  Double AA Jun 10 '12 at 15:08

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