In this question we learnt that if the Chazzan left out a brocho in his repetition of the amida he would have to repeat the repetition.

Is it right to point out that the Chazzan omitted a brocho?

If he is told, he is very likely to be embarrassed and embarrassing someone is a Torah prohibition, {page 20 column 2} whereas the fixed form of our prayers is rabbinic .

So I might think that it is best not to notice the omission.

  • We correct Baalei Keriya when they make mistakes which are problematic.
    – Double AA
    Dec 31, 2013 at 20:56
  • The linked question states that the halachah mandates that he repeat the amida. Everyone makes mistakes in life. So as long as the mistake is pointed out in a respectful manner then I don't know why that would be what the Torah considers embarrassment.
    – eramm
    Jan 1, 2014 at 16:30
  • @eramm The question was based on an actual occurrence. I judged by the redness of his face at the time he was told! Jan 1, 2014 at 16:35
  • Since the halacha mandates it as long as it's done in a sensitive manner (key word = sensitive) then it needs to be done regardless if the origin is rabbinic. it's halacha now. see this discussion theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/207549/…
    – eramm
    Jan 1, 2014 at 17:20

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Yes. See Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 126:1 - "mazkirim oso" ("we remind him"). In fact, if the shatz skips over Birchas HaMalshinim, the Michaber goes as far to say "misalkin oso" ("we remove him") due to concerns of apikorsus. The Mishneh Brurah expands that concern to other brochas.

Additionally, a shatz can be replaced with another shatz if he is unable to restart from the point at which he messed up (126:2).

It would seem that kavod hatzibbur and communal needs outweigh individual embarrassment in this case.

  • Note that When Shulchan Aruch stated "mazkirim osi" it was referring to mid-repetition, whereas this question is about if the mistake was noticed after the repetition had already been completed.. (I am not disagreeing with the conclusion; just pointing out that it's not the exact case).
    – Michoel
    Jan 1, 2014 at 9:10

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