Hakham Sassoon on Some Halakhic And Historical Aspects of Independent Prayer Groups

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Hakham Isaac Sassoon, Senior Talmud Faculty member at the Institute of Traditional Judaism, the Metivta, presented a shiur on the theme of the day at the annual UTJ membership meeting on March 7.

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“Independence Day”: The Independent Minyan/Prayer Group Phenomenon

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According to a 2008 survey, thousands of Jews have attended one of the dozens of independent minyanim across North America.

What is behind the growth of this phenomenon? Are these “indies” a reaction to the contemporary synagogue framework? What effect do they have on the evolution of Tefillah, the study of Torah, and the observance of Halakhah?

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