By Aharon Gabbay

As we said previously if one began kaddish or kedusha with 10 people and one or more left, that kaddish can be completed as long as a majority (6) remain. The ruling is as long as the congregation are still reciting the same ‘inyan’ (topic) they can carry on even if they are less than 10. The Mishnah Berurah adds that this applies even for the whole ‘chazarat hashsats’ that as long as it began with 10 people, if the minority leave, they can finish it since the whole prayer is one inyan. Likewise, ‘kadish titkabal’ that is said after ‘Uvah letsion’ in shacharit is still the same inyan as chazzarat hashats (‘titkabal stelatehon’ lit. means accept those prayers, referring to the amidah). Therefore, if 10 people left during ‘chazzarat hashats’ the chatsi kaddish and kaddish titkabal after the amida can still be said. But from then on, if there are less than 10, neither kaddish can be said nor the sefer torah could be read.

 

However, the Kaf Hachaim brings down that any kaddish said proceeding the amidah is not part of the amida and so if some left during the chazzara, the chazzara can be finished, but no kaddish can be said thereafter.  

 

The Kaf Hachaim asks, that later in the Shulchan Aruch ( as we have said before) is says one needs 9 people to answer Chazarrat Hashats, so how then can we continue if a person leaves the room during the repetition. He answers as long as you start Beheter ( when you are alowed to – i.e with 9 people ready to answer) if one or more leave – as long as 6 are left – the chazan is permitted to continue.

Q

Q. Can I leave the room, fall asleep or even learn during the repetition of the Amidah?
A. One can only leave the room if they have to i.e. they need the loo. One cannot sleep or dose off during the repetition. One can also not learn during this time.