On Rosh Hodesh, before hallel, the shaliach says the bracha on hallel and the kahal answers amen and then repeats the bracha. Why is this bracha treated differently than most others. Typically, if someone else says a bracha and you say amen you are covered by their bracha.* (Yes, the person leading the davening can have the intent not to cover you, and you can have the intent not to be covered, but that is an unusual approach.) Why do we take this unusual approach to the bracha before Hallel? (All the most so because Hallel is only rabbinic in nature.)

*For example, on Rosh Hashanna the person blowing shofar says the bracha :hear shofar" and we say amen and do not repeat the bracha.

  • Is there an example of someone saying a bracha during savening and you say amen where you're covered by their bracha? – robev Aug 22 '17 at 13:45
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    Who's we? I used the Shatz's blessing this morning. – Double AA Aug 22 '17 at 14:05
  • @robev the blessings surrounded Shema. Really any blessing except the Shmone Esrei is a fine example. – Double AA Aug 22 '17 at 14:06
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    @DoubleAA of course it's possible; I'm just curious if the OP used the shatz for all of davening and therefore is shocked by his not using the shatz for hallel, or never does and therefore shouldn't really be focusing on hallel. – robev Aug 22 '17 at 14:13
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    I'm surmising that because the wording in the bracha for Hallel is Likro - to read - there may be a requirement that every person must read it for himself. BTW, we have a similar situation for Sefirat Ha'omer, I believe. Assuming that one is still eligible to say the bracha, he answers "Amen" to the chazzan / rav's bracha, but still makes the bracha himself. Here, it's clear that the mitzvah is that each person must count, himself. I THINK the same rules apply to Lulav, and logically, it should apply to succah as well. Another person cannot sit for you. – DanF Aug 23 '17 at 19:19

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