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

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Different traditions during the repetition of Modim

At the repetition of the Modim blessing the prayer leader and the congregation say two different things. I have seen two different customs at this point. As a shliach tzibur, I was taught to say מודים ...
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Does the repetition (Chazaras Hashatz) need to be recited in the same place as the silent prayer (Amidah/shemonah esre)?

Does the repetition (Chazaras Hashatz) need to be recited in the same place as the silent prayer (Amidah/shemonah esre)? To be specific can a minyan that already prayed silently together move ...
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Where does it say that one who already said the morning blessings can go and repeat them as prayer leader?

I was told that someone who had already said the morning blessings can go and repeat them as prayer leader. This was said even though it seems to me that no-one relies on the prayer leader to acquit ...
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Are there any sources as to shul members having kedima

I understand the purpose of being a member of a shul outside the scope of halacha but I am wondering if there are sources anywhere that talks about that a shul can/cannot deny a chiyuv (ie for a ...
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Does the Shaliach Tzibur need to be at the Amud throughout Pesukey D'Zimra?

I observed a shul where the Shaliach Tzibbur left the Omud after saying Korbonos and only returned to say the concluding part of Pesukei Dezimro. What is the origin of this practice?
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Being יוצא with the chazzan saying - ה' אלוקיכם אמת, if I am not up to Kerias Shema yet

Kerias Shema consists of only 245 words. In order to say 248 words in , the chazzan repeats the words "ה' אלוקיכם אמת". If one davens without a minyan one should say "אל מלך נאמן" ...
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Source that a mourner in his year does not lead the selichos in Elul and Tishrei?

I have been told that there is a Mishna Berurah that states that a mourner should not lead the selichos but can take over leading the prayers for shacharis. Please locate this Mishna Berurah.
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Why can't a person who's in his year of aveilus be a shaliach tzibbur on shabbos or yom tov?

Why shouldn't a person in their year of avelus be a shaliach tzibbur on shabbos or yom tov or yomim noraim?
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Potential issues davening while wearing a mask [closed]

I understand the potential benefits of wearing a mask, but I was wondering if any halachic issues have arose from wearing a mask. For instance, the chazzen and the baal korei have to have clear voices....
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What is the original source for Yahrtzeit customs?

There are various customs and even halachot associated with yahrtzeits, such as saying kaddish, getting called to Torah, lighting candles, fasting, serving as a prayer leader, giving charity, ...
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What is the source for those who say parts of Hineni quietly?

In many yeshivot and shuls with a yeshivish crowd, the chazzan for mussaf on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur does not say the full Hineni out loud. Instead, he says all the parts talking about himself ...
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Covid 19. Who says גַּדְּלוּ לה' אִתִּי and יְהַלְלוּ אֶת שֵׁם ה?

During the Covid 19 situation, in our shul the Baal Koreh takes out the Sefer Torah out and the person who does Hagbah takes it back. (The idea is to minimise the number of times the sefer is handled.)...
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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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