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You are correct. Tefillah with a minyan refers specifically to the Amidah. Of course, there are many other benefits of praying everything with a minyan, being able to answer Amen and respond to Kaddish.


I feel that ultimately, leadership comes from the rabbi, himself. He really has to be vigilant, sometimes! I started in a shul that was quiet and with increasing membership, came increasing noise. Then, I noticed something startling. The rabbi, himself was sometimes schmoozing with members when davening had begun! I left the shul. A few weeks afterwards, ...


The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in סימן כ - דין חזרת תפלת השליח צבור says you need at least 9 people answering Amen. סעיף ב': בַּחֲזָרַת תְפִלַּת הַשְּׁלִיחַ צִבּוּר, כֵּיוָן שֶׁהַשְּׁלִיחַ צִבּוּר כְּבָר הִתְפַּלֵּל בִּפְנֵי עַצְמוֹ בְּלַחַשׁ, וְאֵינוֹ חוֹזֵר אֵת הַתְּפִלָּה רַק בִּשְׁבִיל הַשּׁוֹמְעִים, לָכֵן צְרִיכִין שֶׁיִּהְיוּ דַּוְקָא תִּשְׁעָה ...

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