Brachot 45a says that 3 people who ate "as one" are required to do zimmun ("Rabbotai Nevarech", etc.)
What constitutes "together"? For example, can any of these be done?
- There is a rule that if the majority (2 out of 3) are ready to bench, the 3rd must stop eating and respond to the other two. He can then continue eating. When he is done, can he join a different group that has two, but began eating later?
- 6 or 9 people ate together. Are they required to all bentch together as one group of 6 or 9, or can they form 2 or 3 groups of 3 each? (This is not exactly similar to the above, as they began together in the same group. The above, one person is joining a group that he didn't start with.)