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I recently davened (prayed) at a hassidic Rebbe's minyan. I found something peculiar, namely that the Rebbe didn't actually daven in the same room as everyone else. Instead, he davened in a different room with the door closed at all times. To indicate that he had completed shmoneh esrei there was a knock or sound that came from his room. After asking I was told that he always davens like this and other hassidic Rebbes do as well. I would like to know what the halachic basis is for this practice and are there any other sects of Judaism that do things similarly?

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See Shulchan Aruch Horav (OC 55:22, 591:14) where he says that if there is 10 people in the room then anyone, in another room/house, who hears them could be Yotse with them.

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The issue is does it count as tefillah betzibbur not can you answer them –  Double AA Mar 24 '13 at 4:33
    
@Double AA, see here chabadlibrary.org/books/default.aspx?furl=/adhaz/sh/sh4/2/591 –  Meir Zirkind Mar 24 '13 at 4:50
    
I couldn't fix it so I'll add it's in Seif 14 –  Meir Zirkind Mar 24 '13 at 4:53

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