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a primeval Egyptian personification of air and breath

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As important as the meaning of amen is how it is used.
According to Levenson, in the first century BCE, in The Great Synagogue of Alexandria, an attendant would signal the audience with a flag that it was time to say amen.
This brings us to the thought that amen narrows the divide between Christians and Jews.
But when Christians appropriated amen for themselves in the Second Temple period, it soon became primarily thought of as a Christian term.
Langer attributes the appropriation to the Christian population size, but the reason might also be a biblical one, since amen is mentioned 30 times in the Old Testament and a whopping 126 times in the New Testament.
Amen was further Christianized at the turn of the 20th century when popular Christian music spread the term to an even broader audience.
She says prayer-leaders should recite prayers loudly and clearly so that people will hear them and answer amen, lest their congregants fall victim to a "lonely" amen, an amen uttered without hearing the prayer.
For example, one who recites the prayer over bread must not begin eating "until amen has been completed in the mouths of the responders.
6) The Or Zarua writes that-even with one's mouth full in the middle of a meal-one must respond amen: "It is impossible not to respond amen.
Turning from law to lore, the Sages praised the amen response extravagantly.
Bahye of Saragossa, the thirteenth-century Bible commentator and Kabbalist (12) expresses this idea of amen as the sociality of blessing with reference to the two witnesses that make any legal proceeding effective: "The one who blesses testifies that the Blessed Holy One is the source of blessing.
Bahye, responding amen is the way that a society can officially endorse an act of worship, give it status and heft.
Among the most significant modern sources on the social dimension of blessing is Rabbi Moshe Feinstein's ruling that blessings said by Conservative or Reform rabbis are no blessings at all, that they fulfill no obligations, neither of those who say them nor those who hear them, and that those who hear them should not respond amen.