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Ten Minute Halacha - Who Can Count Toward a Minyan?

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Jun 14, 2010
15 min 6 sec

Series: Ten Minute Halacha

Venue: Yeshivat Lev Shlomo (Woodmere, NY) Yeshivat Lev Shlomo (Woodmere, NY)


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  1. Title: He could not make up the Minyan!
    Author: Chaim Simons ,

    He was born on the 7th day of Chanukah. Thirteen years later on the 7th day of Chanukah there were 9 Jewish men above the age of Barmitzvah plus him in the Shul. Yet there was not a minyan! How could this be? In the year he was born, there were 29 days in Kislev; thus he was born on 2 Teves. Thirteen years later there were 30 days in Kislev and the 7th day of Chanukah was thus on 1 Teves. Therefore he only became a man on the following day, the 8th day of Chanukah. Incidentally, over 40 years ago I was in a Shul where this actually occurred, but they incorrectly decided that there was a minyan.

  2. Title: Karaites
    Author: Chaim Simons ,

    Although is it customary today to allow a non-observant Jew to be counted in a minyan, on the grounds that he comes under the category of “tinok shenishbah”, does this permission also include Karaites? Karaites are definitely Jews but they do not accept the Oral Law. The Rambam wrote a teshuvah on this question (edition “Mekitzei Nirdamim” responsum14) where he clearly rules in the negative, the reason being that Karaites do not accept the idea of a minyan.

  3. Title: Is a Motzi Shem Ra counted for a minyan?
    Author: Yossi Friedman ,

    YouTube videos is now evidence?? When you make a sweeping statement about a group of people and call them all apikorsim, who is it that is outside the pale of Halacha?

    I am a Lubavitcher and I say without fear of contradiction: NO ONE IN LUBAVITCH DAVENS "TO THE REBBE". (Obvious medical cases excluded). No one in Lubavitch believes that the Rebbe is anything but a Tzaddik and a G-dly human being. Those that are sure that when G-d will send us Moshiach Tzidkeinu it will be the Rebbe believe just that.

    To say that "most Mishichisten (and I am not one of them) don't stop there" is an assumption - and does not seem to be a strong enough case to bashmutz a whole eidah kedosha.

    I thank you for looking into the matter and I look forward to another shiur on this gevaldige website clarifying the issue.