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Saying amen while practicing leining?

I don't know about whether such a practice technique is permissible, but I'd recommend against it for other reasons. Unfortunately, due to Torah-readers' habit of singing "Amen" as an introduction to ...
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"Yotzer Or" procedure

Yes, the Chazzan must say that line out loud. In fact, as part of his job as Chazzan, he should really recite all the blessings surrounding the recitation of Shema, in the morning and the evening, ...
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Should you recite amen after Ahava Rabbah?

The Shulchan Aruch 59:4 says not to answer amen after Ahava Rabbah/Olam. The Rema to 61:3 says that the custom is people finish Ahava Rabbah before the Shatz, so they can answer Amen. The Mishnah ...
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Answering Amen to Shelo Asani Isha

R. Shraga Feivish Schneebalg has a responsum about this precise question, in Shu"t Shraga Hameir 8:23. He begins by noting that he had this question for many years, but because it was not relevant to ...
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Why no אמן after "קונה שמים וארץ"?

It is a long beracha, called the Birchat Me'ein Sheva. It starts with Baruch and ends with Baruch. The Mechaber Orach Chaim 268:8 writes that one praying alone should not say the blessing. The Ramah ...
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Amen for Recorded Brochos

The Rivevos Ephraim 8:102:2 writes that watching the syium hashas (live)on tv and hears kaddish ,one can answer amen yehei shmei rabbah... Since it is not the shem Hashem,he also talks about hearing ...
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Should I answer the kaddish if I'm still at the amidah?

The Shulchan Aruch says that one should not answer to kaddish or kedusha in the middle of amidah. He says that one should stop praying, listen and lechaven and that will be as though one answered. In ...
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Amen on a bracha levatala/sheino tzricha

Shulchan Arukh OC 215:4: כל המברך ברכה שאינה צריכה הרי זה נושא שם שמים לשוא, והרי הוא כנשבע לשוא ואסור לענות אחריו אמן:‏ Anyone who blesses a blessing that isn't necessary has taken God's name in ...
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Answering the Chazzan from outside a Shul

Explicit Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in 15:4 - סימן טו - דיני קדיש וברכו וצרוף עשרה ואם יצאו מקצתן ודין השליח צבור צְרִיכִין שֶׁיִּהְיוּ כָּל הָעֲשָׂרָה בְּמָקוֹם אֶחָד, וְהַשְּׁלִיחַ צִבּוּר עִמָּהֶם, ...
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Is it okay to respond "Amein" to a gibberish prayer made in jest?

Your question is not clear, but: If it's an actual prayer, then added in "sounds" are acceptable. It's not unusual for a Chazzan to add in la-lala-la or similar - so as to stretch the words to the ...
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Why does the congregation interrupt the chazzan in the middle of sentences of Kaddish?

In case this satisfies you, the Magid Meisharim discusses this in his own way. The Beis Yosef quotes the Shiblei Haleket that since the ten prasises in Kaddish correspond to the ten commandments we ...
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Amein and Food in One's Mouth

This halacha is mentioned in Kol Bo (§24). The Kol Bo mentions two possible reasons1 for why someone should not answer amein with food in his mouth: Just as a person should not recite a b'racha with ...
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May one answer Amen before washing their hands?

From Halachapedia https://halachipedia.com/index.php?title=Netilat_Yadayim_upon_Waking_Up It is not permissible to learn or even think Torah before washing one's hands. However, if one is going to ...
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Answering Amen to Kaddish when you don't know where they are holding

I can't say for certain for kaddish, but for sure for brachos the mishnah berurah quotes a machlokes and writes that one should not say amein if unsure the bracha.
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Why demand Amen via V'Imru Amen (ואמרוּ אָמֵן) at end of kaddish versus just amen elsewhere?

As an aside, the prompting of "ואמרו" is not found in all early manuscripts of the kaddish, some have "ונאמר". Dr. de Sola Pool, in his 'The Kaddish' (pg. 42), posits that the idea was to seal ...
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Answering Amein

Where is the source for not answering אמן to a ברכה until it is totally finished It's called an אמן חטופה and the Rambam (Hil. Brachot 1:14) already codifies it. The source is from Brachot 47a. As ...
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Saying amen while practicing leining?

אמן יתומה typically means waiting too long to respond to Amen after berachah has been given. I think your case is similar to אמן יתומה since it is an Amen which is not connected to any berachah. The ...
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Meaning of the term "Amen Ve'Amen"?

The earliest source you'll find is in Bemidbar 5:22 where the suspected Sota answers Amen-amen to the Cohen's conditional curses. וּבָאוּ הַמַּיִם הַמְאָרְרִים הָאֵלֶּה בְּמֵעַיִךְ לַצְבּוֹת בֶּטֶן ...
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"Yotzer Or" procedure

That phrase is the start of one long b'racha ending Baruch Ata Hashem, Yotzer Ham'orot, and not a b'racha of its own. Therefore you should not say "Amen" at that point (after Et Ha Kol) but only at ...
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Answering Amen , Kaddish and Barchu during different parts of davening

In the respective inside back covers of the popular sidurim תפלת כל פה (where the chart is in Hebrew) and תהלת ה׳ (where it's in English and according to Chabad-Lubavitch practice). ArtScroll sidurim ...
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Can you answer amen to a non-Jewish blessing or prayer of a gentile?

The impression from Shulchan Aruch Orach Chayim 215:2 would seem to be that one can answer amen only provided that the normative formula of the blessing remains unchanged: אֲבָל אִם הָיָה ...
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Amen between Hashkiveinu and Yir'u Eineinu in maariv

This is the position of R' Yosef Karo (OC 236:4). See plenty of literature surrounding his writings there.
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Amen in Boneh Yerushalayim

1) The Shulchan Aruch and the Rema both hold that we say Amen at the end the third bracha of the Birkhat HaMazon ("Boneh Yerushalayim") because that point is the end of the d'oraita Birkhat HaMazon, ...
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Why not fulfill the birchat hashachar with the leader?

This practice is mentioned in the Mishna brura 46,2 14: ובזמננו המנהג שכל אחד מברך בפני עצמו ואין הש"ץ מוציא שום אדם Nowadays everyone blesses for themselves and the Baal Tefila does not fulfill ...
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Is it okay to respond "Amein" to a gibberish prayer made in jest?

Shulchan Aruch (OC 215:4) writes: כל המברך ברבה שאינה צריבה הרי זה נושא שם שמים לשוא והרי הוא כנשבע לשוא ואסור לענות אחריו אמן Anyone who says a blessing that is not necessary is mentioning ...
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Do we answer אָמֵן after the leader says וְאִמְרוּ or after he says וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן?

The Mogain Avraham in Siman 124' S'eef Koton 14' says ואם החזן מאריך בנגון של ואמרו אמן יאמרו אמן מיד כי הנגון הוי הפסק",meaning that if the Chazan stretches out the ואמרו אמןthen one should say Amain ...
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Should you answer Kadish s'fayka?

R' ovadya yosef writes: אין להתיר לומר קדיש וברכו ושאר דברים שבקדושה הנאמרים בעשרה, סמוך לקברות צדיקים, מבלי שיהיה שם מנין של עשרה אנשים. ואין לסמוך בזה על דברי אגדה לומר שצדיקים במיתתם קרויים חיים, (...
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Why say amen to b'rich shmei before taking out the Torah on Shabbat?

According to this article, it is a request, not a blessing, and the Amen said at the end is also a request, "May these words be fulfilled".
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Meaning of the term "Amen Ve'Amen"?

Many interpretations of this verse can be found in Miqra'ot Gedolot (Tehillim). I would also recommend the commentary of HaMaLBI"M, though I am currently unable to find it. One interpretation (...
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Answering "Amen" etc after putting on tefillin shel rosh?

I can't tell you for sure but here is some info that may help. Concerning the hephsek between the shel yad and the shel rosh, the Ben Ish Chai is stringent not to interrupt for Kadish or Kedusha ...
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