Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  Page title
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Snatchers, Cutters and Orphans

“A person should not answer amen that is chatuf (snatched), katuf (cut) or yesoma (orphaned)” (Shulchan Aruch 124,8). What are these interesting adjectives referring to?

The word “amen” must be pronounced properly, with both syllables correctly enunciated. Any amen that is incompletely pronounced is known as an amen katufa (a cut amen).

Additionally, an amen should only be said after the bracha has been completed, and not earlier. Any amen that precedes the conclusion of the blessing is known as an amen chatufa, a snatched amen.

A person may only say amen if he knows what bracha he is answering. Additionally, an amen response must always immediately follow the conclusion of the blessing. An amen that doesn’t meet these two criteria lacks a connection to the bracha it is answering, and is called amen yesoma (orphaned amen) (Shulchan Aruch and Rema 124,8).

Someone received a call from his friend to inform him of his engagement and responded with a hearty “mazal tov” and a bracha for lifelong happiness with his future wife. Does the physical distance between them cause any amen answered to be “orphaned”? Authorities rule that even if two people are on opposite sides of the ocean, one may still answer amen to his friend’s bracha if he does so immediately (Igros Moshe 4,91).


Text Copyright © 2012 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 






ARTICLES ON TOLDOS:

View Complete List

Yitzchak Prayed...For She Was Barren: Baal HaTurim Notes Inverted Structure
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5771

Death Wish
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5761

G-d in the Numbers
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5764

ArtScroll

From Soup to Nuts
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5759

Proud of Each Other
Shlomo Katz - 5763

A Father's Plan
Shlomo Katz - 5772

> Heaven on Earth
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5758

Oh Brother!
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5766

A Burning Heart
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Where Did this Child Come From?
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5762

Esav's Game
Shlomo Katz - 5762

An Ongoing Battle
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5769

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

At Least We Should Try To Act Like Eisav!
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5764

How About Them Apples?
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

With Those Eyes He Smelled
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

Removing the Shackles
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5763



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information