Beit Yosef, Tur Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer 62:

Rashba, responsum 1127, was asked about a city in which there are no ten men for reciting the [seven] blessings [at the wedding], and it's impossible to bring people from another place; he replied that the blessings absolutely cannot be said with less than ten men present. Rabbi Isserlein's responsum #140 writes that if the blessings were not said, the wedding would still be valid; it stands to reason that the phrase "a bride without a blessing is still prohibited" meant "without the chuppah" ... do you think that if a city lacks a minyan, weddings can't be done there at all because of the blessing? [I, however, feel that Isserlein's] argument is not persuasive. What kind of argument is that? "If so, it would be prohibited" Indeed! If there aren't ten men available, no one can get married.

(This is a classic case of one man's i-hachi is another man's in-hachi-nami. In other words, be careful with reducto ad absurdum as people may in fact espouse positions you find absurd.)

Do contemporary Sefardi poskim follow this, and say if the rabbi can't obtain ten men (a minyan), there can't be a wedding?


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In addition to the above, Rav Shalom Meshash (Tevuot Shamesh, Even HaEzer 148) unequivocally, even post facto, rules that yes, we do.

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Rav Moshe Paniri, Talmid of Chacham Ben Tzion Abba Shaul, (Beit Chatanim vol. 2 page 297) is less sure. enter image description here enter image description here enter image description here enter image description here

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    Summarization of the giant blocks of Hebrew text would be beneficial.
    – ezra
    Jan 9, 2018 at 23:43
  • I wrote his conclusion above in a sentence, and, as it's a popular sefer in Eretz Yisrael and only available to Americans via Otzar HaChochmah, I pasted the pages as well.
    – MDjava
    Jan 9, 2018 at 23:49
  • I don't get the first teshuva. Is he really saying that because the Rav wasn't there for the first kiddushin בודאי לא עשה כלום?? I've never heard of anything like that.
    – Heshy
    Jan 10, 2018 at 0:13

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