I've noticed that among Conservative Jews, it seems to be a common practice that one person recites the harachamans after Birkat Hamazon and others are silent and only respond "amen". Now, after one hears someone else say a "harachaman" in Birkat Hamazon it is proper to respond "amen" (see Mishnah Berurah 189:5), but I had assumed that one is supposed to recite the harachamans himself as well if he is bentching. Are these Conservative Jews acting improperly? Would the concept of shomea k'oneh apply here even though there is no real obligation to say the harachamans?
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