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If one needs to daven mincha and the only minyan that is close by is davening an early maariv can one daven their mincha shmoneh esri with their maariv shmoneh esri and then daven maariv with a different minyan later? I remember seeing this idea somewhere (sources please).

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I believe this is a duplicate... – Seth J Jul 8 '12 at 3:02
@SethJ please find it and I will delete it. – sam Jul 8 '12 at 3:21
I'm lookin' but I can't find it. Maybe it's not. – Seth J Jul 8 '12 at 3:38
@sam even if it is a dupe, you don't need to delete just close. dupes can be useful as signposts to the main q. – Double AA Jul 8 '12 at 4:19
Can this question be generalized to "Can I still accomplish Tefillah beTzibbur if I'm praying a different prayer than the rest of the Tzibbur?" or is there something about Mincha/Maariv that I'm missing? – Double AA Jul 8 '12 at 4:21

The Shaar Hatziyon (591:13) writes that if one is alone on Rosh Hashanah, one should try to daven at the same time as the tzibbur, and davening shacharis when they're doing mussaf isn't good enough.

Perhaps one can derive from here that tefillah betzibur must involve the individual and the congregation reciting the same tefillah.

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I seem to recall a similar point made in a story about R Chaim of Brisk – Double AA May 13 '14 at 2:14

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