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People wrote on this site that there is no requirement for a man to pray with a minyan as a general rule. I took this to mean that one need not attend a minyan he knows meets regularly, instead praying alone. This surprised me: indeed, it contradicts what I've known all my life. I seek support for there being, or not being, any requirement that a man, in order to pray sh'mone esre, attend a minyan he knows meets regularly.

Now, the Shulchan Aruch's language, in introducing the idea of prayer with a minyan (OC 90:9), says only "Someone should try much to pray in the synagogue with the community". This sounds like something less than a requirement. However, he goes on (:16) to say a traveler "must" go out of his way to pray with a minyan. That sounds like a requirement. So I don't think one can prove anything from the Shulchan Aruch per se, and I seek only clearly stated views on the issue from later halachic authorities.

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Mishna B'rura 90:52 (on SA :16) could hardly be clearer. OTOH one could argue that the MB's merely commenting on the SA there but agrees for practical purposes that the SA in :9 means something less than a requirement and perhaps the practical halacha follows :9. – msh210 May 23 '13 at 18:27
"Must" is clearly a loaded word. Any activity that is dependent upon others is going to pose problems, and any such obligation will have exceptions built into it. IMHO the "must" is on the effort to do so, not on the "requirement" itself. I'd word it as a duty more than a requirement, perhaps, in that prayer without a Minyan is valid. – Seth J May 23 '13 at 18:51
1) אדם translates to "man" more in the "mankind" sense. It is not like איש which has a more masculine connotation. 2) "I don't think...from the Shulchan Aruch" You mean from the Shulchan Aruch here. He may discuss it in other places. 3) Echoing SethJ, perhaps try to define what you mean by requirement, in case the issue becomes nuanced (which seems likely). – Double AA May 23 '13 at 20:07
@DoubleAA re your item 2: No, I mean from the SA. His implications are, as I explained, contradictory, so unless another mediates I don't think one can infer anything from him, even he says more (not-mediating) elsewhere. Re 3, I guess I mean a requirement to pray with a minyan if he knows where and when one meets regularly. I'll edit the question (and I don't think it will invalidate the existing answer, but I'll comment on the answer in case Gershon Gold disagrees). – msh210 May 23 '13 at 20:24
see he.wikisource.org/wiki/… – Charles Koppelman May 24 '13 at 5:22
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אגרות משה או"ח ח"ב סי' כז says that the fact that one has to go out of his way to Daven with a Minyan proves that it is a requirement.

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See my recent edit to the question and comments thereon. – msh210 May 23 '13 at 20:27

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