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Shulchan Aruch emphasizes the importance of davening the Amidah with the rest of the tzibbur.

If one is in shul and there are 8 or 9 people, should everyone wait before starting Amidah to see if others may soon come in to form a minyan? How long are they required to wait? Do they need to wait at all, assuming that they will not pass a z'man like last time for Mincha.

  • Are you looking for a sourced answer only? – user6591 Jan 16 at 14:28
  • @user6591 Yes, that would be my preference. An unsourced answer would probably better as a comment. – DanF Jan 16 at 14:54
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    yeshiva.co/midrash/28524 – Loewian Jan 16 at 15:23
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    If one is obligated to travel 18-24 minutes to pray with a quorum (see Pri Chodosh, Orach Chayim 163:28 and Biur Halachah ad locum s.v. berichuk; however, cf. Pischei Teshuvah, Yoreh Deah 112:6, quoting Shu”t Beis Yaakov #35, who rules more leniently.), one could infer at least as much of a requirement when the entire quorum depends on the waiting (without the added effort of walking. Of course this would assume one is counting as well the amount of time/effort already spent by the most effortful of the present congregants, as well as the certainty that someone will show up in that timeframe – Loewian Jan 16 at 17:32
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    And of course one should never risk missing the zman tefilah even if one knew someone was coming. – Loewian Jan 16 at 17:33

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