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Good Wishes From A Goy, A Bracha From A Goy - Should We Answer Amen?

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Good Wishes From A Goy, A Bracha From A Goy - Should We Answer Amen?
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If a Goy says "G-d should bless you" or any other bracha with reference to Hashem, should you answer Amen? The Btzel HaChochma (3:39) says, based on a Rosh, that if the Goy says "Your G-d" he is referring to our Hashem and you should answer Amen. However if he says "Our G-d" or "G-d" without any specific mention as to which G-d he is referring you should not answer Amen since he probably is referring to his own God. He further brings from the Chesed L'Alafim that if the Goy gives you a bracha without reference to any God you should answer Amen.

As an additional note of interest, The Rema paskens (OC 2 15:2) that if you hear a goy make a bracha and you hear every word you should answer Amen. The Mishna Brura says that the Taz holds that you may answer Amen but are not obligated to do so.

Disclaimer: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.

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