Section: Halacha   Category: Tshuvos
Rav Ephraim Greenblatt - Waiting For A Tenth Man By Maariv
If you are davening Maariv with a Minyan of exactly ten men and one person davens a very long Shmoneh Esrei, must you wait for him before starting Kaddish?  Rav Ephraim Greenblatt in Rivevos Ephraim (3:145) says that by Mincha where there is Chazoras HaShatz you need a minyan to answer amein, however for Kaddish after Shmoneh Esrei by Maariv even a person davening or sleeping is counted for the Minyan.

The Mishna Brura says (OC 55:32) that Kaddish can be said if even more than one person is still davening as long as there is a majority.  However he says that some people are Makpid that you need nine.  If the people in question are sleeping than you certainly need nine that are awake.

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