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

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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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What are the sources that require a minyan to recite the yud gimmel midos harachamim (the 13 Divine Attributes)?

Specifically the yud gimmel midos harachamim (the 13 Divine Attributes) are recited as a prayer rather than for example practicing kria (reading from the Torah with musical cantillation notes) when ...
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If you happen to daven with a minyan that say tachanun when you normally wouldn't, do you need to say it with them? [duplicate]

I'm guessing you must respond to va'yikra in any case but I'm not sure about the rest.
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Obligation to pray in minyan in less than 1km (distance) or 18 min (time)

A Jew who lives less than 1 kilometer (walking) or less than 18 minutes (driving) from a minyan is obligated to pray in that minyan. What do these halachos look like if the Jew needs to travel more ...
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Can a Messianic Jew (Christian) be counted in a minyan? [duplicate]

There are a group of people who claim to be "Messianic Jews." This is a group of people who are either natural born Jews who adopted Jesus as their messiah and other Christian practices or ...
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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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Why is the last bereita in Avot often said before Kaddish?

In many minyanim I have attended there is often some form of torah learning after prayers have been completed and then someone (usually the teacher conducting the learning) will recite the last ...
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What is the Schar one receives for being amongst the first 10 in a minyan?

I know it's important to be amongst the first 10 in a minyan, but what is the reward for doing so?
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Should Jews read the 4 parshiyot in private if they can’t join a minyan

In Halacha, if Jews can’t go to a minyan in person, are they obligated to read 4 parshiyot in private even without a public Torah reading? Or is the obligation to hear them only if you can in a ...
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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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Can one man count in two minyanim at same time

According to Halacha, if there are two minyanim is it permissible for both of them to count one man in a minyan at the same time? Or no, can he only count for one?
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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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Why pay 10 men to be in shul?

BT Megilla 5a records: Mishnah: What is reckoned a large town? One which has in it ten idlers [בטלנין]... Gemara: A Tanna taught that the ten idlers attend the synagogue. In fn. 21 of the Artscroll ...
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Is there any validity to missing a minyan due to your job?

If one’s job requires them to work from the time mincha starts until past Shkiya, is there any source that allows one to work and not attend minyan? How far does one have to “push” in order to leave ...
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Does krias hatorah have to be heard in order?

Suppose I came to shul late and heard the last aliyah, then I catch kriah again with another minyan. Would I need to hear the last aliyah again or does the first time suffice?
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Minyan or Hachnasat orchim

If one has to choose between the mitzvah of Hachnasat Orchim (welcoming guests) and the mitzvah of davening in a minyan, which takes priority? Like in Halacha, if you have to choose between staying ...
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Closest minyan to Boston Logan Airport?

I am looking for a minyan closest to Boston Logan airport on a Sunday morning? Thanks to all
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No minyan at shul

If a person goes to shul and there is no minyan (somewhere where there usually is one): Does that person still have the same obligation to find another minyan? Or, are there any opinions that hold ...
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Obligation to stand while praying on public access transportation

According to the answers to this question one doesn’t have to stand while praying on an airplane. My question is, what is the Halacha regarding standing on a thing of public access transportation and ...
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Rosh Hashanah Shofar or Minyan?

If one has a choice between going to a minyan for Rosh Hashanah that does not have a baal tokei'ah and another place where they have a shofar but no minyan, where should he go for Rosh Hashanah? (I ...
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Way to wear tefillin in a different nusach synagogue

When praying in a minyan with a different nusach than yours, should you wear tefillin according to the minyan's nusach or according to your nusach?
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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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Halachic aspects of relocating an established minyan

Are there any halachic implications of relocating an established minyan? Here is a specific example that might help clarify my question: Suppose there is a small community that normally has Shabbat ...
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hat and jacket during davening

I wear a hat to davening normally. Is it better to daven with a minyan without a hat or without a minyan with a hat?
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May acheinu be said without a minyan?

May the prayer of אַחֵינוּ כָּל בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל be said without a minyan?
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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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Pregnant woman with male fetus in a minyan?

There is a Halachic option that says if there are otherwise 9 adult (above bar mitzvah age) Jewish males, an underage (pre bar mitzvah) Jewish male can be counted to make a minyan (which normally ...
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Virtual online Minyan for daily Kaddish?

I haven't been observant in almost 20 years, but recent events make me yearn to say Kaddish for those who died on October 7th, and for those IDF soldiers that are dying now. For various reasons, and ...
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Should you ask a stranger in your shul if he is Jewish?

We've had a few questions similar to this one that deal with assuming that you have a minyan, when in fact you don't. Shuls are, generally, open to anyone. We usually assume that when a stranger ...
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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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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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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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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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