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Does the Shaliach Tzibur for Maariv need to wait for 10 people to start Shemona Esrei (including him)?

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    Why might Maariv be different than any other prayer regarding how many people should be starting the Amida together, whether ideally or bedieved? – Double AA Nov 7 '17 at 14:24
  • Welcome Efraim: Thanks for bringing your question here. – Gershon Gold Nov 7 '17 at 15:04
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According to the following authorities - Rav Ovadia Yosef in Yechave Daas 7, Minchas Yitzchak 9:6, Shaivet Halevi 11:20, Bais Baruch 19:3, and B’tzel Hachachma 9:135 a chazan can start Shemona Esrei with a total of six people out of the 10. Although there are authorities that disagree one who starts with six has who to rely on.

I have heard this question asked to a Rav who responded that the person who is Davening with a Minyan should do his utmost to hold by the Amida with the Chazan.

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    What does "hold by the Amida with the Chazan" mean please? – Avrohom Yitzchok Nov 7 '17 at 15:22
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    @AvrohomYitzchok: He should be ready to start the silent Shemona Esrei when the Chazan is ready and not make the Chazan wait for him. – Gershon Gold Nov 7 '17 at 16:25

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