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Reciting Blessings and Saying "Amen"
The Hebrew letters of "amen," which are "alef - mem - nun," are also seen by our Sages as an acrostic hinting to the phrase "(K)e-l Melech Ne'eman" - "G-d, the faithful King." We find it in the Torah in several places, one being where a sotah (a married Jewish woman suspected of extended seclusion with a man who her husband had formally warned her against) answers "amen" to the oath of the curse adjured to her (Numbers 5:22). Another place is where Moses was told that the tribes should stand in divisions at Mt. Grizim and Mt. Eval and recite the curses and the blessings - to which the whole nation answered "amen." (Deut. 27)

We also find "amen" at the end of four of the five books of Psalms (Psalms 41, 72, 89, 106). The last verses are very similar to what we call a "blessing," and they end with "amen."

Therefore saying "amen" is an affirmation of the blessing being said, an acknowledgement that G-d is the faithful King. So it is absolutely permissible and praiseworthy for a Noahide to answer "amen" to all liturgical Jewish blessings made, even those that do not pertain to him or her, though one should take care to hear the complete blessing and say the word amen clearly and with concentration. All acts performed by an individual Noahide on a voluntary basis, in other words not as an obligation nor as a ritual of a religious nature (which would be like inventing a religion), are not only permissible but also praiseworthy and may be done to receive a reward, and will be rewarded.
Rabbi Yitz

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RE: Saying "amen" to Jewish blessings - by rabbiyitz - 07-02-2007, 04:09 AM

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