Can you answer amen to a Baracha that was made over the telephone?

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    This happened to me today. I was on the phone with someone located a few blocks away, and lightening flashed, so I said a bracha into the phone which I was already talking into. – Double AA May 24 '13 at 1:20

See which concludes that Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Aurbach Zatzal held it was not permissible.


yes and also ieh shemeh rabah, and I think 13 midot and kedusha also, not because you heard it (because you didn't) but because you know someone finished a beracha.

this would also apply in a place that people say amen loud before the hazan finishes the beracha, technically you didn't heard the ending but you can say amen because you know he did.

note that live radio would be the same

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    Although live radio may have delays.... Even telephones have delays! (but usually in the magnitude of < 1 second, depending on distance). I would assume the usual "Shalom Alecha Rebi (Umori)" length of time would apply.... – yydl Feb 13 '11 at 2:45
  • actually even a long delay like a minute and a half, when people are listening to shiurim over satelite – Avraham Sep 28 '11 at 0:42
  • Any source for this? – Hod - Monica's Army Mar 24 '13 at 9:15

Yes. (Yalkut Yosef Helek 3, 215:4).

  • I heard about this from some dude his name is Rabbi Meir Gabriel Elbaz. – David Oct 20 '14 at 21:44

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