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If one does not have the opportunity to say Kiddush Levanah with a Minyan, should he say it alone? If he can say it with a group of people that is less than 10, is that better than saying it by himself, and if so, is a larger number (under 10) better (meaning 3 is better than 2, 8 is better than 7)?

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    Do you have any reason to suspect the number 10 is at all relevant?
    – Double AA
    Jul 2, 2013 at 16:56
  • @DoubleAA other than the fact that it is usually tied to the end of Ma'ariv and the fact that generally it is followed by 'Aleinu and Kaddish? No.
    – Seth J
    Jul 2, 2013 at 17:03
  • Maariv is also usually followed by Aleinu, but no one thinks that needs a minyan.
    – Double AA
    Jul 2, 2013 at 17:05
  • @DoubleAA, that's true. But it is preferable to say Ma'ariv with a Minyan. And I didn't ask if it needs one, I asked if one still should say it without one. Is it an individual requirement?
    – Seth J
    Jul 2, 2013 at 17:09
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    I'm just saying the question would be improved if you indicate why you might think 10 would be a requirement or even preferable.
    – Double AA
    Jul 2, 2013 at 17:40

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The Beiur Halacha (OC 456 sv Ella) writes that it certainly permitted to recite it alone, though ideally it should be done with others because of the principle of Berov Am Hadrat Melech. He quotes two opinions if a group of 3 or 10 counts for that.

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  • Isn't the usual/general/simple understanding of "rov am hadres melech" when multiple people have to make the same bracha and one person does it for all of them?
    – Yehoshua
    Mar 23, 2016 at 0:39
  • @Yehoshua Seems reasonable
    – Double AA
    Mar 23, 2016 at 0:40
  • So "rov am hadras melech" the "pashut" understanding is that a mitzvah is done individually however in one big group?
    – Yehoshua
    Mar 23, 2016 at 0:41
  • @Yehoshua Perhaps they are different levels of BeRov Am?
    – Double AA
    Mar 23, 2016 at 0:50
  • Aruch HaShulchan 273:6 ופשוט הוא, דזהו כשהם אינם יכולים בעצמם לעשות קידוש. אבל כשיכולים בעצמם לקדש - אין לו לקדש בעדם כשהוא לא יצא בקידוש זה. אבל אם גם הוא צריך לקידוש זה - מוטב שיקדש הוא ויוציא את כולם, משיקדש כל אחד בעצמו, אף על פי שכל אחד יכול לקדש לעצמו, משום 'ברוב עם הדרת מלך' (ברכות נ"ג.), וכמ"ש בסימן רצ"ח ע"ש, וכן הוא המנהג בהרבה מקומות.
    – Yehoshua
    Mar 23, 2016 at 0:58

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