Q: Hi Rabbi Maroof,
I was asked to lead at "mincha" after school, which is organized by the Ashkenazi minyan. I did not know whether or not I had to modify certain prayers, or which Kaddish I should have said. Could you please tell me what I can keep Sephardic, and what I have to change to Ashkenazi tradition. Thanks a lot.
A: Dear Friend,
When you serve as the prayer leader, you accept the responsibility to act as a representative of the prayer group. Therefore, any part of the prayer that is "public" and that you recite aloud - such as kaddish, kedusha, etc. - should be performed in accordance with custom of the minyan. Anything you say to yourself privately (like the silent amida) should reflect your own personal custom.