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Halacha - counting minor boy for minyan
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

First of all, Shulchan Aruch considers using a child to be a very questionable practice, and the minhag today is universally not to rely on this opinion. However, R' Moshe Feinstein zatzal did permit counting one child, preferably 12 years old, to a minyan as long as he is holding a Sefer Torah, even if it is pasul. He only permitted this under the extreme situation where by not allowing such an arrangement would jeopardize the long term functioning of the shul, as people would stop coming if they could not rely on finding a minyan. Also, we wrote that while Borchu, Kaddish, Kedusha and Kriyas HaTorah may be performed, the Chazzan should not recite the Shmona Esrei quietly and then repeat it aloud, but rather should first say it out loud as many do for Mincha. R' Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zatzal did not allow a minyan of less than 10 full-fledged adults under any circumstances, but one may rely on Reb Moshe if absolutely necessary.

posted:2008-09-06 23:08:27