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Intermediate Talmud: Lesson 6

Saying 'Amen' to Your Own Blessing

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Intermediate Talmud: Lesson 6: Saying 'Amen' to Your Own Blessing

We begin with a story about a group of sages in which nobody felt worthy to lead the zimun. Next, we discuss the protocol for an individual who arrives late to a zimun. Finally, we learn about a specific situation in which one responds 'Amen' to his own blessing.
Talmud Berachot 45b, Intermediate Talmud: Lesson 6 (English)
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Eugina Giovanna Herrera New York City, New York December 9, 2014

A good reason Reason to accept values. Service to (Shem.) One G-d always.
Thank you for this great lesson. Reply

Rabbi Mendel Kaplan Thornhill, Ontario January 2, 2013

Zimun. Amen. Meanings! Zimun (in this context) literally means to summon or to appoint for a particular purpose. Loosely it then means to appeal to others to (unite, and) dedicate themselves towards recitation of the grace after meals…

Amen generally indicates agreement or affirmation of a statement made by another. At times, it can also serve as (final) affirmation concluding one's own declaration. Reply

rut USA December 31, 2012

Talmud Lesson 6 I love the Talmud. Thank you Rabbi Kaplan for teaching us. One thing I would like to ask. The word Zimun. Does it means "study of Talmud?"
Also by responding to "Amen". Why is this responding to our own blessing? Is that because we, as listener saying Amen is like agreeing to the words?
Again, thank you for teaching the Talmud. Reply

Learn how to study Talmud line-by-line and word-by-word. In this intermediate level class you will learn to understand the unique give-and-take style of Talmudic argument. Text for this class is Chapter Seven of Tractate Brachot (folio 45a).
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