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Questions about the person who leads Jewish prayers when a minyan is present.

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May a E.R. responder or on-call cop be a Shat"z?

Is a shul allowed to ask an on-call cop or E.R. worker, etc. to be a shat"z (shaliach tzibbur) if there is a fairly high likelihood that may be asked to leave on an emergency in the middle of davening?...
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Ashkenazi shat”z in a mixed shul?

According to this question and the answer Ashkenazi shat”z? Someone who pronounces an ע and an א the same can be shat”z, as long as everyone in the shul does so too. What if a couple of people ...
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Ashkenazi shat”z?

In meseches Megillah (daf 24b): אמר רב אסי חיפני (ובשיני) לא ישא את כפיו תניא נמי הכי אין מורידין לפני התיבה לא אנשי בית שאן ולא אנשי בית חיפה ולא אנשי טבעונין מפני שקורין לאלפין עיינין ולעיינין ...
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Disqualification from being Shaliach Tzibbur

What would disqualify a man from being a Shaliach Tzibbur? Mechaellel Shabbos Publicly? Married out of the faith? Does not keep Kosher? Maybe taking it further someone who allows their children ...
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Who is considered “respected by everyone” in regard to being Chazzan for Ne’ilah?

ArtScroll (Yom Kippur Machzor, p. 708) lists several minhagim widespread during Ne’ilah, one of which is that “the rabbi, rosh yeshivah, or some member of the community whose seniority, scholarship, ...
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Should the Chazzan strike his chest during the repetition of the Amidah

If one is serving as the shaliach tzibur, should he strike his chest during the repetition of the amidah during the reading of the paragraph of selach lanu, as an individual dues during the silent ...
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Can a Chazzan move in Mussaf on Y"K?

In Mussaf on Yom Kippur, there is a practice of prostration at various points. The Ramo writes in O"C 621:4 הגה ונוהגין ליפול על פניהם כשאומרים והכהנים והעם וגם בעלינו לשבח But, he goes on to ...
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Why does the chazzan start ashrei in selichot earlier?

In the Artscroll prayer, the point at which the shaliach tzibbir begins reading aloud is marked by little dots. During the year, the Ashrei prayer has little dots before "tehillat hashem". But in the ...
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Hamelech Hakadosh [duplicate]

If one is a shaliach tzibur leading the prayers, if in his silent amida he accidentally said ha’kel hakadosh, does he need to begin the amida again or can he rely on his repetition to cover himself? ...
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What happens if the Chazzan is bareheaded?

Based on something that really happened last week: After completing Mincha, the Shliach Tzibur realized he was bareheaded the entire time. Nobody in the congregation had noticed it. Has the ...
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Why should Shat'z say “Hashem Sefatai” silently?

Follow up to this answer It seems that the Amidah begins with the words ה שפתי תפתח, and not the word ברוך which begins אבות. O.C. 111:2 indicates that when the Shat'z repeats the Amidah, he should ...
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May the gabbai use a disabled person for shat"z over a non-disabled one?

In a few previous questions, I mentioned that I sometimes daven in a nursing home minyan. This past Shabbat, the gabbai asked someone who is confined to a wheelchair to daven Musaph. There were other ...
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Standing in front of Shaliach Tzibbur

When I learned Chelek א of Mishna Brura, I remember having read somewhere that even if one can stand in front of a Mispalel only 4 ammot forward, in front of a Shaliach Tzibbur he can never stand in ...
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Is a shaliach tzibbur allowed to daven from the bimah instead of the amud?

Terminology: The amud is a lectern located at the front of the shul. The bimah is a raised "platform" from where the Torah is read. It is usually located in the center of the shul. Some Sefardim and ...
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Where and how does the Shaliach Tzibbur say Tachanun?

When the Shaliach Tzibbur says Tachanun, should he leave his position and say it sitting down or should he rather stay in position and say it without physically sitting down but in a manner which is ...
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Brother saying kaddish after sheloshim

A sibling who passed away without having children but his brother takes the responsibility to say Kaddish for the eleven months. Is the brother allowed to lead prayers from the amud if he is acting ...
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A person Below 20 as shliach tzibbur for tefillat Musaf

Is there any law that a person below the age of 20 cannot lead the congregation at tefillat Musaf? I heard someone (Not a Rabbi but a self-learner) doing a shiur, that since the half shekel at the ...
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Are there requirements for the replacement chazan when the first one erred in his Amidah repetition?

On certain occasions a chazan has to be replaced (see O Ch 53 (17)). If the error occurred in one of the intermediate blessings, the replacement chazan starts from the beginning of the brocho in ...
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Changing the Shliach Tzibbur in the middle of a prayer service

On many occasions in Israel one person will lead pseukei d'zimrah but then step down to allow someone else to lead prayers; presumably because they simply don't want to continue. But often, because ...
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Does one need to fulfill the 248 words when reciting Shema outside the timeframe of Kri'at Shema?

O.C. 61:3 states that one should recite a total of 248 words when saying Kri'at Shema. As there are only 245 words, the last 3 words are fulfilled by listening to the Shat'z repeat the ה אלקיכם אמת. ...
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Led the prayers in error forgetting he had already prayed. Can he continue?

What do the sources have to say about the following situation? A person helps to make a minyan for mincha at the earliest possible time on a long summer's day. He forgets that he did this and goes to ...
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Why are the weekday Shacharit chazzan switching locations the way they are? [duplicate]

I'm using Nusach Ahskenaz weekday prayers in this discussion. Based on what I have seen in most shuls, I have seen a shaliach tzibbur switch at these locations: Before Yishtabach - I would think ...
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How and when bow during first sentence of Borachu? [duplicate]

In Ashkanazic shuls I have seen the shaliach tzibur (leader) bow various ways during the first line of the Borachu: (a) knees first and then from the waist, (b) just from the waist, and (c) no bowing ...
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recordings of chazanim made on Shabbos or yom tov

Someone gave me a recording of the tefilos of Yom Kippur in a well known Yeshiva. The Baal tefila is no longer alive. The recording was made by a jew placing a modern digital recorder underneath the ...
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Should a person want to be shliach tzibur?

Should someone want to be and to ask to be shliach tzibur or should this be reserved for someone with yiras shamayim (fear of heaven) and if one does not feel he has this then allow someone else to ...
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Why do some people say the end of the 2nd bracha before Shema with the Shat"z?

I have noticed in many shuls (mainly Nusach Ashkenaz, though, I have seen in Nusach Sefard, as well) I have attended that some people conclude the end of the 2nd bracha before the Shema (Shacharit - ...
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Jewish tune to replace “Holy Night” in Harry Chapin's “Mr. Tanner”? [closed]

From Wikipedia: "Mr. Tanner" is a song by Harry Chapin from his 1974 album, Short Stories. Big John Wallace plays Mr. Tanner by singing the chorus to "O Holy Night" in the background to the song's ...
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What was the primary motive for using a chazzan who is musically skilled?

O.C. 53:4 says that one of the requirements for a "proper" shaliach tzibbur (shat"z) is that he have a "pleasant voice". (There are other qualities included.) 53:5 states that if one cannot find all ...
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Is it permissble to practice parts of davening that require a minyan to be recited?

Generally, an individual may not recite certain sections of the prayer service that are considered "holy" such as Kaddish, barchu, kedusha, chazaras hashatz unless he is part of a minyan. Would one ...
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Explain the use of the chazzan to end paragraphs

My understanding of the "history" of the shaliach tzibbur (shat"z) is that few people could read or pronounce Hebrew, and, there were few siddurim printed. Thus, the use of an "expert" to represent ...
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Can the Shaliach Tzibbur rely on the Amidah repetition to recover from something he forgot to say? [duplicate]

If someone frogot to recite ya'aleh Veyavo during Rosh Hodesh Shacharit, and he has finished the Amidah, he would need to repeat the whole Amidah. Let's say the chazan forgot this during his silent ...
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Candles or lights at the amud [duplicate]

I have noticed that quite a few shuls have candles or electric lights at the amud where the chazzan davens from. These are well lit establishments and I don't the lights are there for a practical ...
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Chabad Chazzanus Recordings

Is there a place online where I can find recordings of Chabad chazzanus (i.e. the tunes a Chabad chazzan would use for Hodu, Shemoneh Esrei, etc.)? The recordings should preferably be free online. ...
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Chazzan forgot to say Tachanun during mincha - how to proceed? [duplicate]

While at shul for mincha the other day, the chazzan began to say Kaddish after finishing *Chazarat Hashat"z' (Shemoneh Esreh repetition). Ata bout the point people answered Yehei Shmei Rabba, people ...
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Can the Shaliach Tzibbur walk around while praying?

For any of the prayers other than the Amidah, are there sources that allow the prayer leader to walk around (for no special purpose) while praying? The question is specific to the Shaliach Tzibbur, ...
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Is it okay to respond “Amein” to a gibberish prayer made in jest?

As the title says, is it permissible to respond "Amein" and "B'rik Hu"to a Kaddish/Chatzi Kaddish prayer made in gibberish, with words like "Blah blah blah" thrown in for jest? Or should one stay ...
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People with defects and their role in serving

Parashat Emor teaches (Vayikra/Leviticus 21:17) something about a kohen with a 'מום' (blemish, defect, deformity, disability, handicap) isn't allowed to serve in the Holy Temple. But without the ...
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Shaliach Tzibbur and shul “politics”

Shulchan Aruch O.C. 53:4-5 discusses some qualifications for an ideal shaliach tzibbur as well as other "non-ideal" qualifications. It seems that one necessity is that the congregation prefers him and ...
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Do we answer אָמֵן after the leader says וְאִמְרוּ or after he says וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן?

Our prayers often end with the phrase וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן. Kaddish also ends with it, as follows: עוֹשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם בִּמְרוֹמָיו הוּא יַעֲשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם עָלֵינוּ וְעַל כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן:‏...
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Could a Levi be the one who leads Birkas Kohanim?

In Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim, Siman 128 Sif 22, the Mechaber writes that, regarding Birkas Kohanim, "we attempt to have the caller [i.e. the one who says the words of the Bracha before the Kohanim] ...
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Priority for multiple “chiyuvim” to be Shaliach Tzibbur

What is the priority for the following situations regarding who is Shaliach Tzibbur during a weekday (I'm excluding the possibility of various customs that exclude such people from leading services on ...
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Do Lubavitch chassidim extend shacharit to 90 minutes?

In the end of Chapter 1 of Igeret HaKodesh (often published with the Tanya), the Baal haTanya writes that businessmen should not be invited to lead prayer on weekdays, but only those with the free ...
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Correcting the Shaliach Tzibbur

As far as I can see, we still view the repetition of the Amida as an obligation (as indicated in footnote two, here), and require the Shatz to be precise and say the right prayers in order to fulfill ...
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Official position of the title “Chazzan”

My grandfather ז”ל (the Frankfurt connection) was a chazzan for much of his professional career. When he died several years back, I inherited his sifrei chazzanus and his cantorial levush (clothing). ...
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Should you answer Kadish s'fayka?

If someone is making a minyan which you beleive doesn't have the required ten people, he says that guy will answer but you see that he most likely will not, and all together you highly doubt whether ...
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Congregation without a Minyan

What parts are to be omitted in davening if the congregation does not have a minyan? I know Kaddish and Borchu need a minyan, but what about things like the Chazzan's repetition of the Amidah? (...
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Chazzan Recordings Online (Nusach Sefard)

Is there anywhere online where I can find recordings of Nusach Sefard liturgy, as sung by the chazzan? There are plenty of websites dedicated to liturgy according to Nusach Ashkenaz and some Chabad-...
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“Yotzer Or” procedure

Right after borochu in shacharit there is a bracha “yotzer or uvoreh choshech, oseh shalom uvoreh et ha kol”. Should this bracha be said out loud by the shaliach tzibur? Regardless of whether it ...
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What's the best way to learn how to lead mincha?

There are times where there's no one that's able to lead it, and it would be nice to be able to do so myself, but I'm not fluent in Hebrew but can read it slowly. What's the best way to practice for ...
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When and why did the custom to have young children end Musaph Shabbat davening begin?

In most shuls that I have attended (mainly Nusach Ashkenaz), young children (below Bar Mitzvah age, usually) finish the Shabbat davening at the end of Musaph. I.e., they sing from En K'elokeinu ...