Usually we do not say amen to our own bracha. So why do we sing amen before taking out the Torah on Shabbat? (Bei ana rachetz... Amen) The amen is even printed in the siddur (Art Scroll).

  • I sense that the reasoning is similar to why we say "Amen" to each paragraph of Kaddish. It's not limited to just brachot, obviously.
    – DanF
    Nov 15, 2015 at 1:01
  • @DanF What is the reason for saying amen in kaddish?
    – Yehuda W
    Nov 15, 2015 at 1:34
  • @DanF Is Brich shmei a bracha?
    – Yehuda W
    Nov 15, 2015 at 1:34
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    The text of "Brich Shmei" comes from Zohar, and the "Amen" is part of that text. I'm surmising that considering that the first words of the par. are "Brich Shmei" which means "Bless the name", it seems very close to the start of a common bracha that starts "Baruch atah Hashem". So, perhaps, it is considered a bracha. But, again, consider that the response "Amen" is not just after a bracha, as mentioned, above. So, I don't find it so unusual that a "non" bracha would have it.
    – DanF
    Nov 16, 2015 at 0:31
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    If it is part of the text, why do many siddurim omit it or put it in parentheses? And if it is a bracha, why would we say it after our own bracha? In Kaddish, it is not acting as an agreement with a bracha but almost a commentary or directive about proper behavior.
    – rosends
    Feb 5, 2017 at 14:31

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According to this article, it is a request, not a blessing, and the Amen said at the end is also a request, "May these words be fulfilled".


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