Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hecha Kedushah, expanded


Expanding on this recent Jewish Law post:

What is hecha kedushah, and how is it conducted?

When time is short, such as at minchah when sunset is near, a minyan may abbreviate the davening by having the chazan recite the amidah first, through kedushah, and then having the community complete the amidah silently. This is called hecha kedushah, a Yiddish term meaning "loud kedushah".

There are multiple views regarding how the pre-kedushah portion of the amidah should be recited. The two most common practices in contemporary Ashkenazi minyanim are:
  • The minyan recites the first three berachot silently along with the chazan's loud recitation, responds to kedushah, and then concludes the amidah silently.
  • The minyan listens to the first three berachot and responds "Amen", responds to kedushah, and then recites the entire amidah, from the beginning, silently.

Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik practiced the former approach, but the latter approach seems to be the more widespread practice.

(Shibolei haLeket 47; Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 124:2, 232:1; Pri Megadim Orach Chaim 124:Eishel Avraham 5; Kaf haChaim Orach Chaim 124:2 and footnote 10; Aruch haShulchan Orach Chaim 232:3-6; Mishneh Berurah 124:8, 232:4; Rivivot Ephraim 1:166:2; Az Nidbiru 12:23)

Have a great day,

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