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Section: Questions   Category: Halacha
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Halacha - Minyan
Submitted by Noach  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: In order to constitute a minyan, how close do the 10 men need to be to each other? is there a maximum size of room? must they be able to see/hear each other (and if so, then how can a blind/deaf person constitute part of a minyan)? can you have a minyan by video conference / phone?
Answer:

If all ten men are in the same room they do not need to be within line of sight nor is there any restriction on their distance, however there is a minority opinion that there should not be more then 4 amos, 6 feet, between men. Though they need not hear each other, they should be able to hear the chazan, and therefore it is problematic counting a deaf person towards a minyan. Video conference would not help, because the people are not together in the same place.

posted:2008-10-30 07:16:08


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