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

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backroom, minyan and shul

I read somewhere that people who daven in the backroom of a shul (i.e. a hallway or on the balcony) are not יוצא davening with a tzibur, unless there happens to be a minyan in that room with them. ...
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Nature of the minyan for reading Zachor

According to some opinions (see Shulchan Aruch OC 146:2 and 685:7; and others), one is obligated to hear parashat Zachor read among a minyan, but one can (and must) read it without a minyan if there ...
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Can you pray mincha with a tzibur that's praying Maariv? [duplicate]

Many times I find a maariv minyan praying before shkia, can I pray mincha with them? Is this considered tefila biTzibur? Please provide sources to your answers.
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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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How is a funeral held without a minyan?

This issue especially concerns the reading of Kaddish after Ha-Kvura.
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Mixed Minyan in a Shiva House

What to do when helping make a minyan for mourners in a shiva house when at prayer time they insist on davening conservative style, men and women sitting together?
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What are the halachic issues when the 10th man arrives after the first 9 have already completed the Amida?

For example, this morning I was one of the first nine men at Shacharis. After we completed the silent Amida we waited for a tenth to arrive. We then repeated the Amida and proceeded with Tachanun etc. ...
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Waiting for someone to finish prayer at Torah reading

Consider a minyan of exactly 10 adult males. When they are about to remove the Torah from the ark, they realise that one of their friends is still is in his silent prayer. Can they proceed with the ...
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How many people are needed for a minyan - Mincha Ketzara

When making a "Mincha Ketzara" (‘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 ...
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Does it count as "praying with a minyan" you are saying a different service?

Let's say you arrive late while a congregation is saying Ma'ariv on a weeknight. Would it be counted as praying with a minyan if you said Ashrei to yourself then said the Minchah Amidah while everyone ...
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Is davening with 10 people, of which only 6 daven along, considered תפלה בציבור?

Is davening with 10 people in attendance but only 6 people actually davening equivalent to davening in a minyan where 10 people are davening together or is it less preferable and ideally not something ...
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Does it still count as tefillah b’tzibbur if I come to minyan late and don’t daven the Amidah along with the rest?

What are the various halachic opinions regarding this?
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Since the destruction does the Shechinoh dwell in the world? Kinoh suggests no; halocho suggests yes

Kinoh 12 of the day of 9th of Av refers to the destruction of the Temple and the fact that G-d's presence (Shechinoh) is no longer to be found in this world. אָהֳלִי אֲשֶׁר כּוֹנַנְתָּ מוּל מָכוֹן ...
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Does all or nothing apply to a minyan?

Is it better to daven with 5 people instead of 2, even though you won't have a minyan anyways?
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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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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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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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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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What does "rov am hadrat melech" mean?

I was under the impression that from the literal word for word interpretation, that רוב עם הדרת מלך meant literally most of nation respects the king. Does this mean that it applies when only three ...
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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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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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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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What exactly constitutes the 13 attributes for the purpose of not saying them without a minyan?

The answers to this question mention that the 13 attributes of God are not said in selichos when davening without a minyan. If one is saying selichot without a minyan, exactly what parts constitute ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Kaddish Without Minyan

Can you ever say Kaddish without a Minyan?
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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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Stopping a morning minyan

Our synagogue had for a number of years a morning minyan on Monday and Thursday and Sunday mornings. Until recent times we had members who supported these and it was no real problem. Then last year ...
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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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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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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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If one or more women complete a Talmudic tractate, can they make a siyum?

There is this related M.Y. question about women joining a men's siyum. If one or more women complete a Talmudic tractate can / should they make a siyum? I know that women cannot form a minyan, ...
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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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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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How much is one obligated to help a struggling minyan?

Someone attends a minyan that has a near perfect record of getting at least 10 men. Occasionally, a rabbi from another struggling minyan may call him and ask him to assist forming his minyan. What ...
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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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Must one pray with a minyan?

People wrote on this site that there is no requirement for a man to pray with a minyan as a general rule. I took this to mean that one need not attend a minyan he knows meets regularly, instead ...
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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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Comprehensive map/list of active Orthodox synagogues in the U.S

Does anyone know of a map or list of all the active Orthodox shuls in the U.S.? When I was looking for which residencies to apply to it was my limiting factor and sometimes it was hard to find out ...
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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)? ...