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In two recent shiurim I heard a story about a certain (don't remember the name) Yeshiva in pre-war Europe where they took (three?) hours to say אהבה רבה (the blessing before Shema) on the morning of Shovuos.

Is there any truth in this and if yes, how did it fit in with the available time for davenning Shacharis?

I searched online using a number of search terms in English and Hebrew with no success.

  • am guessing would not be a valid bracha. – Loewian Aug 4 '17 at 13:57
  • @Loewian why? there's no upper limit to how slow you can say something assuming you aren't completely paused. – Double AA Aug 4 '17 at 14:59
  • @mevaqesh I did Google it - with a number of search terms in English and Hebrew and no joy! – Avrohom Yitzchok Aug 4 '17 at 15:13
  • Consider mentioning what you did, so each user doesn't replicate your and their efforts. – mevaqesh Aug 4 '17 at 15:44
  • @DoubleAA Are you sure there's no upper limit? How would you define a pause? Is it even physically possible to say ~35 words/hr - ~2 minutes/word without pausing? In any case, even if one were halachically yotzei, it sounds phenomenally bdieved and inappropriate: "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAVAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAABAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA..." – Loewian Aug 6 '17 at 5:09

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