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The weather in New York is beautiful recently. It crossed my mind to daven outside in the glory of HaShem's beautiful Creation.

Is it permissible to daven outdoors?

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See last line of Berachos 34b and Rashi –  Shmuel Brin Apr 30 '13 at 3:33
@ShmuelBrin ... and Tosafos. And SA OC 90:5. And Mishna B'rura. Why don't you post it as an answer? Sounds like one. –  msh210 Apr 30 '13 at 7:11
One can only daven outside if one can daven better there. Like if there is a disturbance or its too hot. shoresh.org.il/spages/shut/shut679.htm. What is considered davening better is a matter of opinion. It is similar to davening at home instead of in shul. There must be a RMF about this somewhere. Although these two cases may not be exactly linked since one is at least davening with minyan outside. –  user2709 Apr 30 '13 at 8:28
uv'lechtecha baderech and discussions of workers praying (at least saying shma) in trees (halachot 2 and 4 chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/912953/jewish/…) lead me to ask what the possible issurim are. While there are aome limitations, the concept of "outside" isn't assur. –  Danno Apr 30 '13 at 11:47
he.wikisource.org/wiki/… –  Double AA Apr 30 '13 at 13:29

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Yes (see Mishna Berura on Shulchan Aruch 90:5 here and an explanation thereof here). As evidence of this, regular minyanim were organized outdoors at a recent Chabad Lag Ba'Omer carnival.

Nevertheless, Shulchan Aruch forbids davening in:

  • A building (or construction zone) that might collapse
  • A place where there is excrement or a bad smell

It is favorable to daven in a place designated for davening or for learning Torah. But, there is nothing wrong with impromptu davening outdoors (especially if a minyan is present).

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See also Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 90:5. –  msh210 Apr 30 '13 at 14:47
(link to the above hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=49623&st=&pgnum=238 ) –  Double AA Apr 30 '13 at 14:56
@Double AA I think as a rule of thumb if someone wishes to vote down an answer they should indicate why they have done so. –  seekingclarity Apr 30 '13 at 14:59
Ahh I see now what you're saying. Did you by any chance get a moment to look up the source msh210 quoted? I provided a link to it in my above comment. –  Double AA Apr 30 '13 at 16:40
the m"b cited (11) gives guidelines for where outdoors one may pray (under trees is better than in an open field). Since other than the Zoharic reference, the codified law is not "one may not pray outside" but only "one may not pray in an open area like a field" one may infer that other outdoors places are viable as long as they conform to the rules. –  Danno Apr 30 '13 at 17:09

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