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I witnessed the Rosh Yeshiva of Ner Israel several times pick up a sefer and learn when the Chazzan would choose a slow tune for Mimkomcha of the Shabbos Shacharis Kedusha. I don't see piyutim being any different than the sections between the primary lines of Kedusha, and certainly not any more stringent. The Rosh Yeshiva never learned or did anything ...


You are talking about the Chabad custom (and I'm sure others do so as well). The rebbe was asked this question and the answer is printed in Igros Kodesh volume 3 page 5. I will re-post it here with translation: במכ׳ מכ״ד אלול, במענת על שאלתו לעניו אמירת הקהל זכרנו כו׳ ובספר בעת חזרת הש״ץ. מנהגו מאושר ע׳׳י כ׳׳ק מו״ח אדמו״ר שליט׳׳א בפירוש שהקהל ...


Yes. Although there is a widespread custom to go to the mikva each morning, that custom is far from universal even among the most religious circles, and I have never in all my years heard of any hesitation to acting as prayer leader based on issues of keri.


A chazzan does not wear the talis to be yotzeh the mitzvah of tzitzis. He only wears it to have an atiffa, for kavod hatzibur. This is the same reason he doesn't make a bracha on it when he puts it on.


Never. According to the older customs found in German and Spanish/Portuguese schuls, Berich Sh'meih should not be said. I have also heard that it was not said in Lithuania prior to recent centuries. In a more practical approach for most schuls where it is said, I have seen it both ways, although before removal of the sefer Torah is by far more common.

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