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

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How many people are needed for a minyan

When making a ‘heicha shemoneh esrei’ where the chazzan will daven until Ha’el hakadosh before the rest of the minyan - is 10 people sufficient or does one need 11 to have 10 people starting shemoneh ...
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Invalidating a minyan

Hypothetical case -- I am within my year of saying kaddish and am on a business trip. I am in a very small and unfamiliar shul waiting for a minyan and in walks someone from my town who has been ...
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If a deaf person is not counted towards a minyan because they cannot hear, does the same rule apply for one who doesn't speak/understand Hebrew?

My understanding is Halacha states a deaf or mute person doesn't count towards a minyan as they do not have the ability to fully participate. The deaf person cannot hear what is being said and the ...
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Should people davening alone daven together?

If a few men know there will be no minyan so they choose to daven biyechidut, is there merit to their staying "together" either in shul or not? Is there a notion of "kahal" or &...
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Shmini Atzeres; praying without minyan; when to daven Musaf; alternative strategy?

Kitzur Shulchan Oruch 19 directs During the winter we add mashiv haruach (Causer of the wind to blow) umorid hageshem (and the rain to fall) to the second berachah of Shemoneh Esrei. We begin (this ...
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Legal minyan in Stamford Hill

As of October 2020 the UK government has established strict laws and very specific guidelines for the currently ongoing holiday. It would seem that we have to keep these regulations, especially since ...
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Is a yachid the congregation or the chazzan?

When saying the Hallel on Sukkot one waves the 4 species at certain points. According to the Artscroll Machzor that I use, there are wavings that differ for the chazzan from what the kahal does (page ...
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Which is better, wearing Tefilin on Rosh Chodesh at musaf or leaving shul early?

Background: Since the corona virus dwindled and then returned, our regular minyan davens in a yard nearby. I put on my tallis and tefilin at home and walk to the yard, daven then return home and take ...
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Must baal keriah be in same reshut as congregation

Due to corona virus, I've seen some shuls are arranging davening such that everyone is outdoors except the Torah reader who is indoors and a door or window is opened so that the reader can be heard ...
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Which minyan should I go to?

If there are 2 minyanim to go to: A- One that I know for sure has 50 people. B- One that I know for sure only has 15 people. Should I go to the bigger minyan so that my tefillah is more likely to be ...
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Mincha ketana vs just before shekia

I have read that one can pray mincha gedola be'minyan instead of mincha ketana be'yachid. But would praying "just before shekiya" be'minyan still be more recommended than mincha ketana be'...
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Intend not to fulfill Krias Hatorah

May one have in mind not to be yoitzeh krias hatorah in a minyan that he is participating in order to be metzaref for another minyan later? For example (according to the opinion that on Mon,Thu you ...
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During covid-related social distancing minyan is it better for one person to get all aliyot or multiple people at a distance?

During the current covid-19 outbreak all shuls in the United States have closed and minyanim are for the most part not being conducted. The OU recently released guidance to be used when minyanim in ...
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How physically close do people need to be for a minyan to count?

The current health situation has resulted in restrictions on large group prayers. Minyans have been included in such restrictions. Though this is the case, certain groups have been shown praying ...
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Praying at the same time

Are there any sources (prior to 5780) that discuss the value or lack thereof of isolated individuals praying at the same time?
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What parts of the Shabbat shacharit and musaf are omitted when davening without a minyan? [duplicate]

As I write this, many Jews around the world have just concluded their second consecutive Shabbat since the COVID-19 outbreak led to the temporary closures of synagogues. Now that so many of us are ...
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Who is counted in an “outdoor minyan” defined? How should the minyan be run?

An outdoor minyan is one possible attempt to deal with a public health instruction aimed at preventing spreading infections, such as keeping 6 feet from another person and avoiding indoor gatherings. ...
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10 men for Chazarat Hashats, needs the Chazan himself to count?

A case: I am Chazan and finished the silent Shmona Esre, someone say me to begin the Chazara because there are already 9 who finished their Shmona Esre, but I don't believe him, I want to count by ...
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How long must people wait in shul for a minyan?

Shulchan Aruch emphasizes the importance of davening the Amidah with the rest of the tzibbur. If one is in shul and there are 8 or 9 people, should everyone wait before starting Amidah to see if ...
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Participating in a Minyan with 10th Katan (underage)

When given an Aliyah in a shul that uses a katan as the tenth "man" of the minyan, which is contrary to the opinion of the vast majority of gedolei haposkim (SA 55:4), what should one do? Simply ...
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OK to pay for minyan?

If a minyan is needed and can't easily be found, is it OK to pay Jews to attend, who would not come otherwise? And is a negotiation on the price seemly?
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Do you need a minyan for Kol Nidrei?

Is it necessary to have a minyan in order to recite Kol Nidrei on Erev Yom Kippur? If no, then do you need at least three men, as is necessary for Hataras Nedarim?
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Count a Torah scroll as the tenth in a minyan?

There is a widespread perception in non-traditional congregations that the Torah scroll can count as a tenth to make a minyan. However, the Code of Jewish Law does not mention that. It only says ...
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Is tachanun omitted if the mourner in Shiva isn't part of the minyan?

I was at a shiva minyan this morning but the mourner was not there (he was running late from the airport and some people could not wait). He showed up in the middle and went in to another room, then ...
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Does Kiddush in shul require a minyan?

While I understand that Kiddush in shul Leil Shabbat and Yom Tov does not require a minyan halachically, I'm curious if based on the minhag that started this, does it assume that the recitation was ...
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Obligation and being included in a minyan

According to this answer, if six men are davening and ten men are present, the six can recite Kaddish and Kedushah. The case discussed is if the other four are not obligated because they already ...
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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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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 ...