If a person is davening with a minyan in which the shliach tzibbur goes very fast, and the only way that one will be able to daven the Amidah b’tzibbur is if one rushes through the blessings of krias shema, should one do so (as long as he takes care to enunciate every word, albeit not as slowly and calmly as one would have liked)? Or should he just daven at his own pace and forget about tefilla b’tzibbur (or perhaps daven the Amidah together, word for word, with the shliach tzibbur when he repeats the davening – which is questionable if it’s considered tefilla b’tzibbur, and I personally don’t like to do this because I cannot concentrate when doing so)?

Answer:

Saying your Shmone Esrei along with the Shaliach Tzibur would be a fulfillment of Tefillah B’Tzibbur. If however this does not allow you to concentrate, the better option would be to try to hurry and say the Amidah with the tzibbur. B’dieved, even if you begin somewhat after the tzibbur but while there is still a minyan davening, this would be a kiyum of tefilla btzibur as well.

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