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Section: Questions   Category: Halacha
Halacha - Borchu
Submitted by Israel  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Someone in my shul often comes late for Ma'ariv. After davening he will then say Borchu, because he missed it earlier. I've been in shuls where this is not allowed, because it's not part of the established nusach (we daven Ashkenaz) and shul isn't hefker. What do the poskim say about that? Are there sources which discuss this issue?
Answer: The Rema OC 133 writes that if one missed borchu he should say it himself at the end of davening, so his behavior seems to be sanctioned by the Shulchan Aruch. Theoretically, if he is habitually negligent in coming to shul on time an assertive Rav could potentially discipline him by banning the practice, however it is rare for a Rav today to be so bold to discipline an adult and few congregants are respectful enough to take it constructively.
posted:2009-10-28 09:59:44

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