Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Chafetz Chaim on Chazzanut


"Early authorites have already spoken at length about the disgrace of singers who extend and separate one letter from its neighbor and one word from its neighbor.

"This corruption is especially prevalent in the tunes at the end of a berachah, when the congregation replies Amen: Sometimes they answer before the chazan actually completes the berachah, and sometimes they extend the tune after the conclusion of the [last] word and they reply Amen after a great interruption."

(Mishneh Berurah 281:4, citing Pri Megadim)

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