When an an avel makes the brocha "Boruch Dayan HaEmes," the term is "HaEmes". However, I often hear people reply "Boruch Dayan Emes" when they hear news of a death. Is that a proper term or should their reply be "Boruch Dayan HaEmes" like the avel himself?
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Says the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in 59:6 (and you'll find similar wording in the Rambam and the Shulchan Aruch):
"If somebody one is very close to, dies, one says the full Bracha of בָּרוּךְ דַיַּן הָאֱמֶת. Upon hearing other sad news one says "בָּרוּךְ דַיַּן הָאֱמֶת"
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