Amidah

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Amidah

(amiˈdaː; aˈmidə)
n
(Judaism) Judaism the central prayer in each of the daily services, recited silently and standing. Also called: Shemona Esrei
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Jewish law requires men and women to pray daily, and the overwhelming majority of authorities rule that this obligation encompasses the duty for all to say certain fixed prayers, including shemoneh esrei (the "Eighteen Benedictions") every day.
Furthermore, the crucial role of minyan/quorum in the amidah prayer (the "Eighteen Benedictions" said three times daily) is compounded by the fact that shemoneh esrei is an exception to the general rule of rabbinic jurisprudence that one can fulfill one's obligations to recite any given prayer or text by listening to that prayer when it is recited by another who is equally obligated.
Minyan/quorum is thus a sine qua non requirement for fulfilling one's obligation of shemoneh esrei without actually saying the words.
The minority opinions referred to in this work are not that opinion mentioned by Hauptman which excuses women from any formal prayer, but rather the opinions of various Sefardic authorities who require that women recite either one shemoneh esrei, or all of them.