web analytics
September 21, 2014 / 26 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
Judaism
Sponsored Post
Apartment 758x530 Africa-Israel at the Israel Real Estate Exhibition in New York

Africa Israel Residences, part of the Africa Israel Investments Group led by international businessman Lev Leviev, will present 7 leading projects on the The Israel Real Estate Exhibition in New York on Sep 14-15, 2014.



Ga’al Yisrael

Cohen-Rabbi-J-Simcha

Question: Many chazzanim say the words “ga’al yisrael” before shemoneh esrei quietly. Is this practice proper?

Answer: The rationale for this practice is as follows. There is a general rule that nothing should separate “ga’al yisrael” from the Amidasemichat geulah l’tefillah. Now, if the chazzan would say “ga’al yisrael” out loud, the congregation would say “Amen,” which might constitute an interruption. Therefore, to prevent this potential problem, the chazzan says “ga’al yisrael” quietly.

HaRav HaGoan R. Henkin, however, railed against this practice (Eidut L’Yisrael, p.161). The late posek hador in America, Rav Henkin noted that although the Shulchan Aruch (based on the Zohar) rules that one should not recite “Amen” after “ga’al yisrael,” the Rema rules that doing so is permissible. If it is permissible, there is no reason for chazzanim to say “ga’al yisrael” quietly.

Furthermore, if the chazzan says “ga’al yisrael” quietly, he is failing his role as shliach tzibbur. A shliach tzibbur is responsible to include everyone who doesn’t know how to pray in his davening. This only works, however, if these congregants hear the chazzan say all the berachot. If they don’t, they are not included in his davening.

In addition, some contend that a shliach tzibbur who has proper kavanah may include even people who know how to pray in his davening because compared to someone who has kavanah these people “do not know how to pray” (see Ba’er Moshe, Orach Chayim 124:17 cited in the name of the Ayshel Avraham). But these additional congregants also can’t be counted in the shliach tzibbur’s davening if he says certain berachot quietly.

Therefore, both the Derech HaChayim and the Shulhan Aruch HaRav suggest that it is preferable for the whole shul to say “ga’al yisrael” together rather than the chazzan saying the words quietly.

About the Author: Rabbi Cohen, a Jerusalem Prize recipient, is the author of eight sefarim on Jewish law. His latest, “Jewish Prayer the Right Way” (Urim Publications), is available at Amazon.com and select Judaica stores.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Ga’al Yisrael”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Palestinian youth hurl stones at Israel Police forces (unseen) during clashes with Police after friday prayers in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras Al Amoud on February 28, 2014, Jerusalem, Israel. Police today in order to prevent riots limted the entrance for Muslim worship to men over age 50. Photo by Sliman Khader/Flash90
‘Benign Neglect’ May Be Setting Up Eastern Jerusalem Jews for Expulsion
Latest Judaism Stories
Hertzberg-092614

Perhaps the most important leadership lesson Elkana taught us is to never underestimate the difference a single person can make.

Teller-Rabbi-Hanoch-NEW

“he’s my rabbi” the Black painter said with pride, pulling out a photo of the Rebbe from his wallet

Rabbi Avi Weiss, head of theYeshivat Chovevei Torah. Rabbi Asher Lopatin will be replacing him as head of the school.

The Torah notes that even when we are dispersed God will return us to Him.

Rabbi Sacks

Simply, for Rambam the number 14 (2×7) was his favored organizing principle.

One of the cornerstones of our Jewish life is chesed, kindness. Chesed can only be taught by example

Our understanding of what is and what is not possible creates imagined ceilings of opportunity for us.

This young, innocent child gave me a powerful, warm surge of energy and strength.

The Chafetz Chaim answered that there are two forms of teshuvah; teshuvah m’ahava and teshuvah m’yirah.

Question: I recently loaned money to a friend who has been able to repay only part of it. This was an interest-free loan. We exchanged a signed IOU, not a proper shtar with witnesses, since I have always trusted her integrity and only wanted a document that confirms what was loaned and what was repaid. Now that shemittah is approaching, what should I do? Should I forgive the loan? And if my friend is not able to repay it, may I deduct the unpaid money from my ma’aser requirement?

Name Withheld

A Role Reversal
‘Return, O Wayward Sons…’
(Chagigah 15a)

When the Kleins returned, however, they were dismayed to see that the renters did a poor job cleaning up after themselves.

In Parshas Re’eh the Torah tells us about the bechira to adhere to the commandments of Hashem and refrain from sin. In Parshas Nitzavim, the Torah tells us that we have the choice to repent after we have sinned.

As Moshe is about to die, why does God tell him about how the Israelites will ruin everything?

Jonah objected to God accepting repentance based on ulterior motives and likely for short duration.

This week’s parsha offers a new covenant; a covenant that speaks to national life unlike any other

More Articles from Rabbi J. Simcha Cohen
Cohen-080814-Sign

Is God apologizing for taking away my Father? Is God telling me that He is sorry?

Cohen-Rabbi-J-Simcha-NEW

Question: At Birkat Kohanim, who says the phrase, “Am k’doshecha ka’amur”?

Question: How can one determine whether someone is a true disciple of a rav, Rebbe, or rosh yeshiva?

Question: Does halacha agree with the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade permitting women to have abortions?

Question: When someone puts on a talit to lead services, should he recite a berachah?

Question: A number of synagogues feature bar mitzvah celebrations for elderly Jews. Is this proper?

Hashem understood their complaint and therefore selected the ritual mitzvah of sukkah to test them.

Question: Why is Shavuot celebrated as a two-day Yom Tov?

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/judaism/halacha-hashkafa/gaal-yisrael/2013/01/24/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: