Recently I was in a Shul and the Shaliach Tzibur while saying the loud Shemona Esrei stopped in the middle of Shema Koleinu and quietly said a personal prayer.

Having never seen this done before, I am wondering is this permitted? Are there sources that discuss this?

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    If a chazzan forgets Aneinu in its proper place on a fast day, he adds it in shma koleinu. In some communities in Israel the chazzan adds aloud a request for rain there during a drought. In many communities the chazzan adds piyyutim in various places in prayers. But all these are public additions. I can't think of any reason to allow him to say quiet things in public prayer. At least it's Tircha deTzibbura.
    – Double AA
    Apr 25, 2022 at 13:48
  • @DoubleAA - Agreed, I thought it was strange, however before I said something to the fellow, wanted to know if I was correct. Apr 25, 2022 at 14:23
  • I mean, in many places the chazzan says various parts of the piyyutim quietly. I have no way to justify that either, but at least we can say that if the tzibbur has agreed to tolerate such a practice it's probably not a formal hefsek.
    – Double AA
    Apr 25, 2022 at 14:30


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