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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Chazan Having Trouble Taking Three Steps Back

    As chazan, I was unable to take three steps back after my silent Shemoneh Esrei because someone was davening close behind me even when the gabbai signaled me to start chazarat hashatz. What should I have done at that point?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann
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    A Minor Doing the Concluding Barchu

    At Ma’ariv, a boy under bar mitzvah recited Kaddish Yatom. When he finished, people told him to say Barchu as well. Was that proper? If not, should I have answered?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Iyar 2 5782
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    Unsure if he Recited Birkat Hatorah

    Sometimes I am unsure if I recited Birkat Hatorah (=BKHT) and so I plan to remedy the situation by having in mind to fulfill BKHT with Ahava Raba. Sometimes, though, I am not sure whether I had that in mind while I was reciting Ahava Raba. What do I do in such a case?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Adar I 21 5782
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    V’ten Tal U’matar for those Returning Abroad in the Fall

    I am in my second year in Israel but have to go back permanently soon, before Dec 4. I started saying “v’ten tal u’matar” on 7 [Mar]Cheshvan. Should I have? Should I stop now, when I get back to chutz la’aretz, or not at all?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Kislev 4 5782
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    Changes in Tefilla for those Visiting Israel?

    I hope to visit Israel this summer. Should I say “morid hatal” in Shemoneh Esrei like Israelis, and should I continue to say Baruch Hashem L’olam at Ma’ariv?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Av 18 5781
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    Finding Out Late about the Presence of a Kohen or Levi

    As a gabbai, sometimes I do not realize either that a kohen is present and I give the first aliya to a non-kohen, or that a levi is present and I give the second aliya to the kohen. What do we do when this is discovered?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Tevet 8 5781
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    When to Say Yehiyu L’ratzon

    Does Yehiyu L’ratzon come before or after Elokai Netzor and/or personal requests at the end of Shemoneh Esrei?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Cheshvan 8 5781
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    How Does the Chazan Act During Modim D’Rabbanan?

    I have seen some chazanim wait, during their Modim, at “l’olam va’ed” for the tzibbur to finish Modim D’Rabanan. That seems to make the most sense, so everyone can hear all of Modim. Should everyone be doing that?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Av 20 5780
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    How to Time Vatikin?

    When minyanim closed, I started davening vatikin (starting Shemoneh Esrei (=SE) at hanetz hachama (sunrise=netz)). If I do not know precisely when netz is, is it better to err on the side of starting SE before or after netz?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Iyar 10 5780
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    Kri’at HaTorah in the Shadow of Corona

    When minyanim are taking place with the permission of health authorities under social distancing rules, what should be done to separate “functionaries”?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Iyar 6 5780
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    Drinking during Davening

    I showed my surprise to a serious young man who was drinking coffee during Shacharit. He said it helps him daven and is permitted. Can that be correct?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Adar 13 5780
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    Kaddish after An’im Zemirot

    n my shul, at the end of An’im Zemirot, the chazan (child) does not say “Lecha Hashem hagedula …” I understand that it is not permitted to say Kaddish after a shir (song of praise) without p’sukim. Can you provide me with sources to prove this?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Shvat 29 5780
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    A Late Tachanun

    The chazan skipped Tachanun, and everyone assumed there was a chatan or a brit. After davening, the chazan said he just forgot Tachanun. People disagreed about whether we could/should say Tachanun at that point. What is the halacha?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Tevet 10 5780
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    Kedushat Beit Knesset of a Rented Building

    Clients of mine want to rent out a building that has served for a family business to a religious group, who will use part of it as a shul. They are concerned that if things do not work out, they will get back control of the building with some of it having the restrictions of a shul, which would restrict their use of it. Is this a problem, and if so what can be done to obviate the problem?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Tevet 3 5780
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    Switching Chazanim at Ashrei

    In my small, Ashkenazi Shacharit minyan (without a rav), we now have two aveilim. They have been switching being chazan at Ashrei, but recently some people (mainly Sephardim) raised objections. I thought it was a standard practice. Is there a problem with it?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Kislev 19 5780
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    Personal Requests on Shabbat

    What types of requests are prohibited on Shabbat? Is davening for peace and tranquility in one’s own words permitted?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Tishrei 29 5780
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    Personal Thanks in Shemoneh Esrei

    Following our grandchild’s birth, I have been adding personal thanks to HaShem in “Modim.” Is it appropriate to do so on Shabbat?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Tishrei 25 5780
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    An Avel as a Chazan for Yamim Noraim

    Is it permitted for an avel (mourner) to serve as a chazan for Yamim Noraim (Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur)? Whose decision is it – the shul’s or the avel’s?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Elul 22 5779
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    Electronic Communication before Davening

    Is it permitted to email, WhatsApp, and use social media before davening?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Av 19 5779
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    Kri’at Shema in a Whisper

    As a speech therapist, I was wondering whether Kri’at Shema can be done in a whisper. In a whisper, the “z” sound is produced as an “s” and the “v” sound is produced as a “f” (and all voiced sounds become devoiced). Scientifically, this is because the vocal chords do not vibrate when whispering. Doesn’t one need vocalize to truly produce a “zayin”, “vav”, or any voiced sound, when saying Shema?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Av 3 5779
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