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Pregnant woman with male fetus in a minyan?

The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chayim 55:4) talks about adding a Katan to a minyan: יש מתירים לומר דבר שבקדושה בתשעה וצירוף קטן שהוא יותר מבן שש ויודע למי מתפללין ולא נראין דבריהם לגדולי הפוסקים וה"ה ...
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Why pay 10 men to be in shul?

Rashi (s.v. עשרה בטלנין), in explanation of why 10 are needed, cites a gemara in berachos (6b) which goes as follows: אֲמַר רִבִּי יוֹחָנָן: בְּשָׁעָה שֶׁהַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא בָּא בְּבֵית ...
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Rosh Hashanah Shofar or Minyan?

Rosh Hashana 34b וּמִצְוָה בְּתוֹקְעִין יוֹתֵר מִן הַמְבָרְכִין. כֵּיצַד? שְׁתֵּי עֲיָירוֹת, בְּאַחַת תּוֹקְעִין, וּבְאַחַת מְבָרְכִין — הוֹלְכִין לִמְקוֹם שֶׁתּוֹקְעִין, וְאֵין הוֹלְכִין לִמְקוֹם ...
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What is the Schar one receives for being amongst the first 10 in a minyan?

There's the famous gemara in Brachos 47b: וְאָמַר רַבִּי יְהוֹשֻׁעַ בֶּן לֵוִי: לְעוֹלָם יַשְׁכִּים אָדָם לְבֵית הַכְּנֶסֶת כְּדֵי שֶׁיִּזְכֶּה וְיִמָּנֶה עִם עֲשָׂרָה הָרִאשׁוֹנִים, שֶׁאֲפִילּוּ ...
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Halachic aspects of relocating an established minyan

I like how you wrote up the question. It became quite relevant post-COVID when people had to decide whether to disband home/street minyanim and come back to synagogues. A person in this situation ...
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hat and jacket during davening

If this is a practical question, CYLOR. It is a machlokes: Rav Chaim Kanievsky (Sheilas Rav p. 194) says better to daven alone with a hat than daven with a minyan without a hat: On the other hand, ...
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How much is one obligated to help a struggling minyan?

See Mishnah Berurah 55:70 that he is not OBLIGATED. אם מי מהן רוצה לילך למקום אחר שיש בה מנין אין יכולין לכופו כלל If someone wants to go to another place where there is a minyan, one can not force ...
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Minyan or Hachnasat orchim

Short answer: When a genuine case of hachnassas orchim comes at the expense of tefillah betzibbur, hachnassas orchim takes precedence. If one is busy with guests in a way that is a fulfillment of ...
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Obligation to stand while praying on public access transportation

Peninei Halakha (Laws of Prayers 17:16) writes When traveling by bus or train [...] if one can stand and concentrate properly, it is better that he stand for Shemoneh Esrei. However, if standing will ...
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Why is the last bereita in Avot often said before Kaddish?

See the following passage extracted from The Five Types of Kaddish by Rabbi Jack Abramowitz The Rabbis’ Kaddish (“Kaddish D’Rabbanan”) is recited after a public lecture in ...
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What are the sources that require a minyan to recite the yud gimmel midos harachamim?

The source for saying it at all is Rosh Hashanah 17b אָמַר רַבִּי יוֹחָנָן: אִלְמָלֵא מִקְרָא כָּתוּב, אִי אֶפְשָׁר לְאוֹמְרוֹ. מְלַמֵּד שֶׁנִּתְעַטֵּף הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא כִּשְׁלִיחַ> ...
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Closest minyan to Boston Logan Airport?

Try using,%20East%20Boston,%20MA%2002128,%20USA&lat=42.36557519999999&lng=-71.0097645 ....
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Halachic aspects of relocating an established minyan

In my other answer, I addressed the specific issue of an individual praying in a home minyan rather than in a synagogue. You asked in comments to clarify the halacha for an entire community that would ...
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Obligation to pray in minyan in less than 1km (distance) or 18 min (time)

To answer the question — the time one is obligated to invest in fulfilling the mitzvah is a total of 18 minutes according to the Avnei Yashfeh 6:5. Therefore if one can reach the minyan in 18 minutes, ...
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Virtual online Minyan for daily Kaddish?

Thank you for coming here. I'm looking at the calendar of DC's Ohev Sholom Synagogue; it looks like they assemble a traditional minyan in-person, but also (on weekdays) keep a Zoom camera on for ...
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