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soc.culture.jewish FAQ: Worship, Conversion, Intermarriage (5/12)
Section - Question 9.21: Are extremely observant men permitted to pray at home?

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                                  Answer:
   
   Yes. It's common for a man to pray at home on a day off if the
   schedule of the day's activities can't be reworked to fit it. However,
   there are a few other factors that come into play.
   
   Monday and Thursday have Torah reading. Many Orthodox men will work
   harder to fit congregational prayer ("minyan") into the schedule on
   those days. This is even more true on the first day of the Jewish
   month (and the thirtieth of the previous month, when there is one),
   which has both a special Torah reading /and/ additional prayers.
   Similar concerns would apply on the minor holidays (limiting to days
   where work is permitted), such as Hannuka and the intermediate days of
   Sukkot and Passover. Additionally, when someone is in mourning (for
   example, the first eleven months after one has lost a parent), there
   is strong motive to attend every service due to the custom of saying
   kaddish for the deceased.

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