Some congregational responses are of the "highest level"; required except in special circumstances, like during sh'mone esrei, in the beginning of krias sh'ma, and in the middle of a short bracha.

Some occur in pairs with relatively short time in-between:

  1. Kaddish: Amen, yehei sh'meih rabba and Amen after D'amiran b'alma, v'imru
  2. Kedusha: Kadosh kadosh kadosh and Baruch k'vod

If the chazzan is so fast that, at the time for the second response, a congregant is still in the middle of his first response, how should he act?

(There may even be a difference between the two examples, as kaddish may be interrupted for other responses, whereas kedusha may not.)

  • I guess you could ask the same question if you're hearing 2 Minyanim at the same time; and does "your Minyan" take precedence? Commented Jan 13, 2014 at 8:16
  • @DannySchoemann Well, or if two are saying kaddish out of sync. But then we know to answer Amen for each only if there is more than toch k'dei dibur in between. Here, I will not have opportunity to answer the same response later.
    – Adám
    Commented Jan 13, 2014 at 14:39

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If the congregation finished the second response before the congregant finished the first response then he "loses" out. Otherwise he can respond both responses back-to-back.

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