Is there a halacha that a man's head must be covered in order to answer amen to someone else's brocha?

  • Why would you think there's an issue?
    – DonielF
    Apr 26 '17 at 21:39

According to Rav Ovadiah Yosef, one is permitted to answer Amen while his head is uncovered:

מי שמוכרח לישב בגילוי הראש, כגון בבית משפט של גוים, ושמע ברכה מחבירו, מותר לו לענות אמן בגילוי הראש. [ילקוט יוסף, על הלכות השכמת הבוקר, מהדורת תשס''ד, סימן ג']‏

One who is forced to sit with his head uncovered, for example in the courthouses of the goyim, and he hears a blessing from another person, he may answer Amen with his head uncovered.

However, according to the Tzror Hamor he should not.

  • Can you explain the Tzror Hamor? Does he say there that women should not answer amen because their heads are not covered? Perhaps I misunderstood what was written there.
    – Earl
    Apr 27 '17 at 1:46
  • @Earl As a married woman, her head should have been covered. Therefore, she sinned by saying something holy ("Amen") with an uncovered head.
    – Ploni
    Apr 27 '17 at 15:14

It is prohibited, see Baer Heytev on SA OC Siman 2 sk 6 (the source of the translated statement in in Taz OC 8 sk 3):

ואסור להזכיר השם בגלוי הראש, ולא מהני אם משים הידים על הראש, שם סימן צ״א סעיף ג. אבל מהרש״ל כתב: אם רוחץ באמבטי ורוצה לשתות, או בלילה שאין לו כובע בראשו, דיו במה שמכסה ראשו בידו. וט״ז סימן ח' וסימן ע״ד פסק דכיסוי היד על הראש מהני לעניין שלא ישב או ילך בגלוי הראש, אבל לעניין שיברך או יוציא מפיו דבר קדושה לא מהני כיסוי יד, ע״ש

... for blessing or pronouncing holy contents even to cover the head with a hand does not help ...

I remember that someone did read to me a Shut of Rabbi Ovadia that with tefilin without kippa it's good.

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    Where does this source even say the word "Amen"? Since when is saying "Amen" a Davar Kedusha?
    – Double AA
    Apr 26 '17 at 20:48
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    @Double AA yes of course, no?
    – kouty
    Apr 26 '17 at 20:50
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    @kouty even if you will say that this is a problem when one wants to be Yotzeh with someone else's brocha (which is debatable), what about if the person is just answering to my brocha not to be Yotzeh with it?
    – Earl
    Apr 26 '17 at 20:58
  • @kouty I don't find that obvious.
    – Double AA
    Apr 26 '17 at 20:59
  • @Earl The shevach is dvar shebikdusha, amen is Kel Melech Neeman
    – kouty
    Apr 26 '17 at 21:06

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