Normally, if I hear my good friend Shimon say a bracha, I answer Amen. Nonetheless, if it's during davening, and I hear him finish a bracha, it appears to be common practice to not say Amen.

In other words, (as far as I observed) during davening everyone exclusively says Amen to the brachos of the Chazzan, and to no one else's.

But why is this so? Shouldn't Amen normally be said on all brachos?

  • +1. Re "(as far a I observed) during davening everyone exclusively says Amen to the brachos of Chazzan, and to no one else": and to kohanim, no? – msh210 Nov 17 '11 at 8:51
  • Whose berachos would you expect to say amen to during davening? Most people daven almost silently. I don't understand the question. – Curiouser Nov 17 '11 at 13:42
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    @curiouser that might be true, but lots of people daven aloud. – yydl Nov 17 '11 at 14:06
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    @Curiouser, I frequently say have opportunity to (and do) respond "amen" when people near me finish birchos k'rias sh'ma. – msh210 Nov 17 '11 at 17:26
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    I think it's a mistake. I answer to others who I hear. – YDK Nov 17 '11 at 17:37

See OC 6 (4) and MB who records a custom that each congregant says the morning blessings and the others answer omain (without the intention to fulfill their obligation by saying omain). See MB s.k. 13, who mentions a supporting view and the view of the Pri Megodim that only the Chazzan should say these blessings aloud. MB says that each place should follow its custom. See also s.k. 14.

IMHO, there ought to be no objection to answering omain to other blessings (like putting on tefillin).

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    Pri Megadim sounds circumstancial. – YDK Nov 17 '11 at 18:15

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