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When the chazan reaches "Modim" during his repetition, the congregation recites "Modim D'Rabbanan." Do members of the congregation bow here? If so, in what manner should they bow?

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Shulchan Aruch (127:1): When the Shali'ach Tzibur reaches Modim, the Tzibur says Modim D'Rabanan and bows with him. They should not bow too much. Some say that one must bow also at the end of Modim D'Rabanan. It is good to be concerned for this opinion.

Ramah: Some say all of Modim D'Rabanan in one bowing. This is the custom.

Mishnah Berurah (5 and Bi'ur Halachah DH v'Yesh): People follow the Rema, but the Maharshal holds that one straightens up a little at Hashem, and bows again at the end. Chayei Adam holds that this is primary.

The Ari Zal holds that one bows only at the beginning.

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The RaShaSh and Ben Ish Hai(year one Halakhot of tefillah) hold the same as the Ari. – Rabbi Michael Tzadok Dec 19 '10 at 20:07
the extremely vast majority of people that i have seen, across the gamut of nusachs, follow the Ari Zal in bowing only at the start. So I would suggest it is safe to take that position :-) – inSeattle Dec 19 '10 at 20:16
Excuse my bad english but can you explain "Chayei Adam holds that this is primary" ? CA follows the Rama or the Maharshal or hold it it not essential ? thanks – Frank Jul 18 '14 at 15:57
@Frank: Like the Maharshal – Gershon Gold Jul 18 '14 at 16:02

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