Where, When and How – Davening with a Minyan
“Harris” was serious about Torah and mitzvos, but his job trading international stocks required him to be at work by 3:00 a.m. every morning, when the overseas markets opened. This was clearly before even the earliest possible time for shacharis,
and he could not leave work to go out to daven with a minyan. Instead, he would take a break to raven b’yechidus (alone without a minyan) on the premises. The only available place in the building was a conference room – with glass walls, so that his coworkers were treated daily to the exotic sight of Harris praying with tallis and tefillin. Harris, and many others like him, are unable to daven in shul with a minyan every day, whether because there is no shul nearby, or because their schedule does not allow them to get out to the nearest shul. How far are they obligated to travel to reach a minyan? And if that proves impossible, what other options do they have?