I once saw a sign in a synagogue which announced a change in their custom. Originally, everyone would sing Kel Adon on Shabbat shacharit together. Now, each stanza is quietly recited by the congregation, and then sung by the chazzan (I think with the congregation humming along).

The sign said that the change was in accordance with "R' Soloveitchik and the poskim".

What is their reasoning? Why did they oppose everyone singing together?

  • תרי קלי לא משתמעי?
    – Fred
    Jan 4, 2015 at 20:25
  • @Fred Are you implying that recital of Kel Adon is a mitva and that hearing it would somehow affect the obligated person's fulfillment thereof?
    – WAF
    Jan 4, 2015 at 20:26
  • @WAF Perhaps; maybe it's a chovas tzibur to hear the chazzan say at least the end of it? See Mishna B'rura 281:3, and sources cited ad loc., which may imply this.
    – Fred
    Jan 4, 2015 at 20:28
  • I have heard that the Reform movement were the ones who introduced the chant along in many of the tefilos. Until then it was either Chazon first them congregation or the opposite, but not together.
    – user6591
    Jan 4, 2015 at 20:53
  • perhaps relevant: elomdus.blogspot.com/2007/12/zimun-of-10-people.html Jan 5, 2015 at 17:31