Multiple Recitations of the Same Liturgy

Prepared by Rabbi Aaron Alexander.

Please note that this is not an official responsum of the CJLS.

Question: In light of the fact that some synagogues may offer multiple small services over the course of the High Holidays, but oftentimes with the same leaders and shofar sounders leading back-to-back services, what is the status of somebody who had already fulfilled their obligation? May they then discharge others from their obligation through shome’a k’oneh—hearing is like reciting?

Answer: The short answer is… yes, absolutely. According to halakhah someone who has already fulfilled their obligations for a particular obligated ritual may then do so again on somebody else’s behalf.

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