Berachos 20 – ברכות כ

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Today’s Daf Yomi Question:

The Gemara quotes a Mishnah that one who is not obligated to do a mitzvah cannot do so on someone else’s behalf, for instance a katan cannot recite birchas hamazon for a gadol.  According to the view mentioned later that hirhur kedibur (contemplation is equated with actually reciting) why can’t the gadol fulfill his obligation by merely listening to a katan and contemplating his words?