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In the Shul I Daven in they say out loud besides the 4 Pesukim also Chamaish Maiyos Ish and Haman's 10 sons. What is the source of doing this?

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I have heard that the logic is that shomea k'one applies only to words spoken and not to the way they're said (e.g., in one breath) so that one cannot fulfill his obligation of saying the names in one breath by listening. I don't recall (if I ever heard) the source for this, and I don't know how whoever holds this deals with shomea k'one for things that have to be said standing, sitting, while holding food, or in any other manner. (If the answer is that the listener is also standing, etc., then why can't he listen to the ten names while not taking a breath also?) – msh210 Mar 21 '11 at 21:28
The source for this is the Rogatchover Gaon. And I guess the difference may be that bodily posture or whatever is sort of extrinsic to the words of the berachah, while here the "all in one breath" requirement is directly tied to the words being said. – Alex Mar 22 '11 at 16:32
How about putting it in as an answer? – Gershon Gold Mar 22 '11 at 17:15
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The Rogatchover Gaon writes (paragraph beginning ועיין תוספתא) that since there is an obligation to say the names of Haman's sons in one breath, then one can't fulfill this obligation by hearing someone else do this. Thus, each person in the congregation has to read these verses themselves.

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Do we have any evidence that this was done before 150 years ago? – Double AA Jan 21 '13 at 7:16

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