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Answering amen too early

If one answers אמן to a ברכה before the המברך has finished, is the listener יוציא? For example, by קידוש, if the listener answers an אמן חטופה, is he יוציא?
He heard the ברכה, but he talked,answered אמן, at the end before it was finished. It’s certainly not לכתחלה, but is it מעכב?


Yes, he is yotzei. As long as he heard the entire bracha and even the last word, just cut off the end of the last word, such as answering after “mekadesh hashabbo–” or “hamavdil bein kodesh lecho—” and the like. He heard the bracha and the main part of each word. If he cut off an entire word or more he would need to hear the bracha again.


See Hisorrerus Teshuva 1:55

Sorry for the delay in response, this question got overlooked.


Comments (2)

  • Davud Hirsch

    Thank you for answering my query. If I understood the answer properly, if he didn’t hear the whole, entire last word, just it’s main part – it’s root – he’s still יוצא?

    I’m sorry, I couldn’t find the reference in התעוררות תשובה – חלק א סי’ נ”ה. Perhaps I looked in the wrong sefer?

    • Rabbi Akiva Dershowitz

      As long as he heard the word just the end of the word got cut off by people answering amen and the like which is common, he is yotzei, this is the psak of Rav Weiss.
      See Shaar Hatziyon 312:20, Mishna Brura 68:1.


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