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Questions tagged [minyan]

quorum of 10 free adult Jewish males necessary for certain communal functions often related to prayers.

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Minyan for Brit Milah, Funeral & Wedding

Is a Minyan required for a Brit Mila/circumcision, funeral/burial, or for a wedding/Chuppa? Usually they tend to be done in the presence of a Minyan but is it an obligation and are there any ...
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rov am hadras melech by koton? [duplicate]

Is there an idea of rov am hadras melech (a larger group of people is greater glory for the King) for a minor or anybody else who would be exempt from a mitzva like praying with a minyan (quorum)? ...
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Is a Minyan allowed to count a man that does not keep Shabbos?

If someone has never kept shabbos, works on shabbos or owns a business that is open on shabbos, can he be counted towards a minyan? Is there any leniency if the minyan is short by one, and they get ...
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We need ten consolers; why not ten mourners?

The mishna, M'gila 23 amud 2 as described by Rashi, says we don't say the mourners' outdoor blessing without the presence of ten people, and the mourners themselves don't count toward the requisite ...
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Brit Milah on 8th day v/s delays

This question pertains to how necessary it is to perform a bris on the 8th day from birth. I know that, if the baby is sick, it can be delayed (to a non Shabbat/Yom Tov day). This question relates to ...
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Is there a mitzva/chiyuv to answer Kedusha and Barchu?

The Mishna Berura (90:28) writes that many think the mitzva of a minyan is to hear kadish/kedusha/barchu, whereas in fact it is to daven the amida with the minyan: ועיקר תפלה בצבור הוא תפלת י"ח ...
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Hazores hashatz for musaf, tenth left before and returns after - sources

Can we have hazaores hashatz for Musaf, if the tenth left the room before Musaf began, and then returns at the end? In shacharis, the rational for this is based on there being someone who has not ...
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Tenth arrives during or after the silent shemonei esreh - sources

What responsa are there on whether to have chazaras hashatz when the tenth arrives (completing the minyan) during or even after the tefillah b'lachash (silent prayer)?
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Why can't the Amida be repeated without a minyan?

If one purpose of the repetition of the Amida is to allow those who are not expert in prayer to be exempted of their obligation to pray (as per the Shulchan Aruch, O"C 124:1) why isn't this same ...
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What should one do if he're not sure he counts toward the minyan?

Ploni is a convert or descendant of a female convert from denomination A. He wishes to join a minyan of denomination B, which is stricter. He is not sure whether the congregation considers the ...
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Violating Shabbat in order to perform a mitzvah [closed]

If a person lives too far away from shul to walk and feels compelled to drive in order to attend services on Shabbat, is this permissible according to halacha?
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Why say birchat gomel with a minyan?

Birchat ha gomel is said in place of bringing a toda korban. Why is the birchat gomel said with a minyan? Why do we want to with a minyan to say birchat hagomel? Did a toda require a minyan?
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Rule for opening the ark without a minyan

Yesterday morning, we didn't get a minyan. We were wondering if the ark should have been opened for "Avinu Malkeinu" despite the fact that there was no minyan in shul. I'm unaware that there is any ...
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Can one establish a minyan in a nursing home?

SA O.C. 90:26 mentions that one cannot say amidah in an area where there is a bad odor such as from feces. There is a nursing home near my home that has a minyan. Occasionally, the hallway gets a bad ...
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Do all 10 men that form a minyan need to be “alert”?

Occasionally, I daven in a nursing home. Sometimes, they wheel in patients who aren't exactly aware of what is going on or where they are. Does the requirement of forming a minyan require that all 10 ...
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Not skipping by Mincha?

According to some poskim (see here), one should not skip parts of davening to say Shemoneh Esreh with the minyan, rather he should daven in order (this is unlike the ruling given in Shulchan Aruch (OC ...
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Can a robot count in a minyan?

Can a robot count in a minyan? This answer brings that a robot is not Mechuyav in Mitzvot. I'd like to know if there are sources stating any other reasons (if any).
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What is the status of those who need to undergo geyur lechumra?

What is the status of one who needs to undergo a giyur lechumra, but have yet to undergo the actual process? Can they be counted in a minyan? Are they considered Jewish? Can they serve as eydim? FoR: ...
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Source and Halacha? When does a minyan need to form?

If 10 people gathered for a minyan for the repetition of the amida, but 10 were NOT present for the silent Amida - may a repetition with kedusha be recited or not?
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should one leave early not to be the minyan breaker?

There are 11 people at shacharis. Reuven has to leave at 730 Shimon has to leave at 725. Every day Reuven is known as the minyan breaker. Is it better for Reuven to leave at 724 so Shimon is the ...
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Laining with Less than 10 Men?

A nursing home in an out of town community, for example, may not get 10 men each shabbos for laining. It is clear from Shulchan Aruch (143:1) that you need 10 men, and I have yet to see other ...
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Does one need to fulfill the 248 words when reciting Shema outside the timeframe of Kri'at Shema?

O.C. 61:3 states that one should recite a total of 248 words when saying Kri'at Shema. As there are only 245 words, the last 3 words are fulfilled by listening to the Shat'z repeat the ה אלקיכם אמת. ...
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Is there a “Jew” P.S. app for Android or iPhone?

I know that there are various minyan-finding sites like godaven.com They tell you the location and times of the closest shul to where you are located. Is there an app that can locate Jews who are ...
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Priestly blessing for a different minyan - any need for kohen to participate?

In Israel in as shul that has two shacharis minyanim one after the other, a kohen comes in for the second minyan just as the first minyan is coming to the priestly blessing. Should this kohen perform ...
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Davening in shul vs. davening in an avel's home

Two scenarios: 1 - A person has a choice of either being the 10th person for a minyan at either a shul or a mourner's home. Where should he go? Assume that one of these 2 places count on him to form ...
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Is praying in Shul better than an office (where both have a minyan)?

Suppose someone is at work, needs to daven Mincha, and has a choice between the following two options: Pray in a synagogue with a minyan Pray in an office (or any non-synagogue location) with a ...
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Why is no prayer better when there is no Minyan present than praying with less than 10 people?

My family is having a debate right now. We all have different levels of Jewish observance. My mom and I attend Chabad services of which a Minyan is very important. My sister attended services today ...
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Davening with a Minyan in China

I regularly travel to China (and other countries) for business purposes. I know there are other Jewish travelers who do the same which I sometimes meet on the way. I think that if we have the right ...
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can a person with down syndrom be counted as a minyan [duplicate]

I was sitting one day when someone called to to come and be the tenth person. I quickly ran to be the tenth and upon arrival I counted 11 people so I asked someone why they rushed me. And they said ...
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Davening with Kavanah vs Starting Shemonah Esray with the Tzibur

If the tzibur is about the start shemonah esray however Reuven isn't up to Shemonah Esray yet, and Reuven knows that if he speeds up his davening he will be able to start with the tzibur, is it better ...
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Kabed et Avicha v'et imecha vs Being one of the first ten for a minyan

We know that the first ten people who make up a minyan get schar for every person who attends that minyan. So what happens if a person and their father come to shul and see that there are 9 people. ...
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What is the definition of “She'at Hadchak” regarding mincha and ma'ariv?

This M.Y. answer discusses the various opinions of whether one can daven Mincha and follow it with Ma'ariv immediately afterwards when one began mincha after plag. (Note that this wasn't the subject ...
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Kaddish Shalem when there was no Tefilah BeTzibur

If there was less than a minyan during the Amida and the participants continued on then the 10th comes in when they are ready for Kaddish Shalem. Do they say Kaddish Shalem at that point? Or do we say ...
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What is the nature of the obligation to answer to Kedusha?

Inspired by Reaching kedusha during silent shemone esre among many others, and the comment, "'fulfill the obligation of someone who missed the Kedusha during the Amidah' What obligation is this ...
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Is it permissble to practice parts of davening that require a minyan to be recited?

Generally, an individual may not recite certain sections of the prayer service that are considered "holy" such as Kaddish, barchu, kedusha, chazaras hashatz unless he is part of a minyan. Would one ...
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Am I davening as a Yachid or not?

As per this statement, "If there's minyan of ten people and one person is praying a lengthy silent Shemona Esheh, it's preferable to wait for him, however, if there are needs such as if the minyan ...
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Missing minyan on yahrtzeit l'chatchila

Is it mutar (l'chatchila, not shaas hadechak) to not go to minyan on yahrtzeit, and have someone say kaddish on your behalf? (Not to be lazy, but a valuable opportunity presents itself that would not ...
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Count someone in a minyan or embarrass them?

Theoretical question. Yankel is a born Jew, and he marries a giyores, Shprintze. The two of them live a happy life together, and Shprintze eventually gives birth to a son, Berel. Decades go by. ...
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A minyan made entirely of cohanim

In the case of a minyan which is entirely made up of cohanim when it comes time to say birkas cohanim... c Do they wash their own hands or do they assist each other? May every cohen recite the ...
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What are the minimum amount of tehillim (psalms) one must recite before concluding with kaddish?

For example many on shabbbos mevarchim recite all of tehillim and when someone finishes a book kaddish kaddish is recited. Does it need to be a whole book for kaddish to be said or is there another ...
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Answering Kaddish without a minyan

When the ba'al tefilah mistakenly believes there to be a valid minyan while you know there isn't (counting someone who is not yet converted or underage, for instance) and they have already started ...
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Mourners' Kaddish, when Everybody is a Mourner [duplicate]

In the circumstance that a minyan is comprised of people who all share an obligation to recite the kaddish, how is it said? Do they recite it in unison, skipping the amen at the conclusion of the ...
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Can i skip davening to help out at home? [duplicate]

Is it OK to skip davening in order to help out my wife at home with the kids?
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Why don't I hear HaGomel in shul more often?

Granted, I am not always at shul, and I don't know if I could even recognize HaGomel if it were being said. (The women's section of truly frum shuls often has no clue what is going on in the main ...
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Minyan vs. Kibbud Av V'em

What if your parents don't want you Davening with a Minyan for whatever reason. Is it permissible to go Daven with the Minyan without their permission?
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Source for a minyan while davening?

The patriarchs and Hannah, after whom we model our davening, all davened alone. From where do we learn the strong preference for davening with a minyan? Also, there always was a minyan in the Temple. ...
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Should you answer Kadish s'fayka?

If someone is making a minyan which you beleive doesn't have the required ten people, he says that guy will answer but you see that he most likely will not, and all together you highly doubt whether ...
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Kaddish over skype [duplicate]

If there's a situation where one must recite Kaddish, as for example following the death of a close relative, but said person does not have a minyan or synagogue nearby. Can a virtual skype minyan in ...
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Preferable to daven with transgressors?

I recall hearing that it is preferable for a minyan to include transgressors. I am seeking a source. Update: The answers have provided some Talmudic sources. Is this mentioned in the Shulchan Aruch?...
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Is someone allowed to “defect” from forming a minyan to go to work?

This occurred in my shul a few days ago: A person came to shul and there were 8 people. He was asked to stay a few minutes as within 5 minutes, 2 more people would certainly come and there would be a ...