# 2831 Who Is To Daven?

Q. When one ovel has already chazaka to daven by the amud of a shul, and then another ovel arrives. If the second one davens louder and is a better ba’al tefilah than the first, can the gabayim refrain the first one from continuing to daven by the amud?
A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that in principle the tzibur as represented by the gabayim, and they are the ones who shall decide who should represent the tzibur and who davens by the amud, notwithstanding any existing chazaka. However, every effort should be made to avoid machlokes, conflicts or embarrassing anyone and sharing if possible is advisable.
Rabbi A. Bartfeld as advised by Horav Shlomo Miller and Horav Aharon Miller Shlit’a

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