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Is there any basis for Chabad minhagim regarding tallit gadol?

I emailed Rabbi Eliezer Zalmanov (from Chabad.org) about your question. Here's what I said: B''H In most Ashkenazi communities, the custom is that bochurim do not wear a tallis. However, when a ...
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Explain the use of the chazzan to end paragraphs

A Chazzan's job is to recite the Shema Blessings and Amida sections aloud for the congregation to fulfill their obligation with. (For the Amida, those who know how to pray themselves must also do so ...
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Priority for multiple "chiyuvim" to be Shaliach Tzibbur

Rule #1: Don't fight about it. First, one should never get into fights with others to do Mitzvot (Mishna Berura 53 sk 65). Regarding our case, the Chatam Sofer (YD 345) writes that if you deserve a ...
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A person Below 20 as shliach tzibbur for tefillat Musaf

R Akiva Eiger (responsum #9 (old series), citing the controversial Besamim Rosh #89) argues that women are exempt from Musaf because they are exempt from the half-Shekel tax. R Yitzchak Elchanan ...
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Disqualification from being Shaliach Tzibbur

Siman 53 in Orach Chaim is rather long, and deals at length with the qualifications and disqualifications of a shaliach tzibur. You may wish to read through the entire siman. Since it appears from ...
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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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Missing Traditional Half-Kaddish Melodies

I'm going to assume you know most of the traditional half kaddish tunes, like those on Shabbat and weekdays, Arvit on the High Holidays, as well as those after Yishtabach and before Musaf (including ...
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Why does congregational prayer require a chazan / shaliach tzibbur (cantor)?

You ask why we historically needed a shali'ach tzibur, when did they begin and why do we still need today? R Ari Jacobson provides a first summary according to two different approaches Back in the ...
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Guitar during public weekday prayers

In describing the synagogues of Bavel in the Twelfth Century, R. Petachia of Ratisbon wrote as follows: בחולו של מועד אומרים המזמורים בכלי שיר On the half-holidays they recite the psalms to the ...
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People with defects and their role in serving

See Thursday and Friday Yesterday, we noted the question as to whether the Torah prohibition which forbids a ba’al mum – person with a physical deformity – from performing the avoda (service) ...
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Ashkenazi shat”z?

The Halocho is to be found in Sh O, O Ch 53 (12) who paskens like the gemoro אין ממנין מי שקור' לאלפי"ן עייני"ן ולעייני"ן אלפי"ן: One should not appoint a person [to be leader] who reads "...
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Being יוצא with the chazzan saying - ה' אלוקיכם אמת, if I am not up to Kerias Shema yet

It would seem that both questions can be answered at once. The Shaare Teshuva on that Halacha that listening to the 3 words from the Chazzan may be done even if you are in middle of krias shema ...
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How can we get people to stop talking (much, loudly) during minyan?

My personal experience, as Shaliach tzibur, to silence the Schul talkers has been to stop as soon as I sensed any utterances coming from the congregation. Following a few seconds of showing my "...
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What's the best way to learn how to lead mincha?

I had the same question years ago. I have used http://virtualcantor.com/ I liked the versatility of the site. But also its clarify for newcomers. I did not know the structure of the tefilla and ...
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Why does the chazzan start ashrei in selichot earlier?

I'm vaguely recalling what I had heard many years ago when I studied Nusach at the Belz School of Jewish music (part of Yeshiva University.) Cantor Beer taught the course on Selichot and he was (and ...
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What should a chazan do if he has theological problems with the congregation's text?

R. Chaim Berlin writes in a responsum (Nishmas Chaim # 7 in the one volume edition) that it is forbidden to publicly deviate from the nusach and the customs of the congregation, and it is a violation ...
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May the gabbai use a disabled person for shat"z over a non-disabled one?

The Jerusalem-based kollel Eretz Hemda has a responsa on this very topic (here). Their conclusion is that If [a person is] permanently (or for a long time) in need of a wheelchair, people should ...
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Different traditions during the repetition of Modim

Although today in most cases the Chazzan's repetition is not being motzi anyone, there is an instance where he is, and this exact issue is discussed; The Shulchan Aruch 124:10 says in a case where ...
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Do Lubavitch chassidim extend shacharit to 90 minutes?

Your question is a good one and the answer can be found if you read the end of the previous days portion from the first epistle of Igeret HaKodesh beginning with the words ולזאת אותה אבקש כו״. The ...
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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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Where and how does the Shaliach Tzibbur say Tachanun?

Per Rabbi Naftali Hoffner in Halacha - Nesias Kapayim U'Tachanun 92:3 the three steps one is supposed to take after Shemona Esrei prior to walking is applicable to the Chazan. The Chazan does these ...
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Does the Shaliach Tzibur need to be at the Amud throughout Pesukey D'Zimra?

The Tur (סימן נג) writes ועומד ש"צ ומתחיל ישתבח Translation - the Shaliach Tzibbur gets up and says Yishtabach. We can derive from this, that until Yishtabach no Shalich Tzibur was present, as ...
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Why do we still do chazarat hashatz?

The Kaf HaChaim states that according to the Arizal (a "sod") chazaras hashatz is the "ikur tefilah." According to this view, it appears that those who do not listen, pay attention and answer amen to ...
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Minhag of bothering the chazzan on Simchas Torah

"What is the source and when did it start?" The questioner makes two "given"s. I propose there is no source. I cannot answer as to when it started (or a better word would be "begin to evolve). As to ...
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V'kara zeh el zeh v'amar - When does who bow left then right here?

Rav Ben-Tzion Mutzafi writes in his sefer שיבת ציון at שער ז' סימן ק"ו in the name of his father Rav Salamon Mutzafi zt"l who said that bowing to the left first is a mistake being carried over from ...
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V'kara zeh el zeh v'amar - When does who bow left then right here?

I was also bothered where this all came from. The ספר מנהג ישראל תורה on סימן קכה of שולחן ערוך אורח חיים who quotes from a few sources some ideas: We say in a פיוט on יום כיפור that the angels are ...
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Origin of custom to switch Shli'ach Tzibur in Shacharit

The novel question here seems to be 'Why do we split it up at all, rather than having one person lead all of it?' I suspect these are all human rather than truly halakhic reasons, but they are all ...
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What if, when the Kohanim washing their hands, less than ten remain?

Lechatechilah, it shouldn't happen. Instead, for Ashkenazim, they should either wash their hands before Yishtabach or before the Chazarah, or have the Shaliach Tzibbur pause for them to go out. ...
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