If a minyan is in a public hallway, blocking an exit at the end of that hallway, does the minyan have any halachic status to stop non Jews or women from walking through to reach that exit? This scenario occurred at a hall where people were forcefully blocked from passing through to reach the main exit to the parking lot.

  • What do you mean by "forcibly?" Where they strong arming people? turning them away? or merely sanding in place during shemonah esrei while other people walked around them or found a different exit? How remote was the end of the hallway? was there another reasonable place for them to congregate? – Isaac Kotlicky Mar 16 '15 at 1:39
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    No. And Chazzal called someone praying in a public place a chatzif. – user6591 Mar 16 '15 at 1:40
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    The Rabbim (public) had walking rights there before the Minyan did. The Minyan can't take away their rights. Same with someone davening Shemoneh Esrei in front of an aisle. – Double AA Mar 16 '15 at 1:51
  • I don't understand what you mean by "blocking an exit". Were they actually standing in the way of people trying to reach the exit? Then, obviously, yes, they can "prohibit non Jews or women from walking through to reach that exit": they did so. Or what is your question? Please edit it to clarify. Until that's done, I think this should be closed as unclear, just to make sure you don't get answers that don't address your actual concern. (cc @DoubleAA) – msh210 Mar 16 '15 at 3:21
  • @msh210 I edited it. Is that OK? – Avrohom Yitzchok Mar 16 '15 at 11:08

tThe Minyan has no halachik authority to block a public place for anybody. The mispallelim are out of their rights, and cannot compel others to walk around. (heard from R' Elyashiv, Zt"l)

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