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What is the minium that one must say with a minyan to count as if he prayed with a minyan?

Since "tefillah" when mentioned in the Talmud referrs to the Amidah is it safe to assume that only praying the Amidah with a minyan is what's necessary to count as if you prayed with a minyan? Or, is the shema and/or pesukei dizimra also included?

Practical difference: when you come late to synagogue and need to catch up - does saying shema and pesukei with or without the congregation make a difference?

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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.

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