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Are there any sources for counting Druze men as part of a Jewish minyan?

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I was talking to a Druze friend of mine a couple weeks ago, and the topic turned to religion. My friend is fairly knowledgeable about a lot of religion-related things (including for the Druze religion, Judaism, and Islam), and to my surprise he told me that technically Druze men can count in a Jewish minyan and that he's even done so a few times (in an Orthodox setting).

I presume this has to do with the origin of the Druze and the way that they count people as Druze or not (both of the parents have to be Druze for the kid to be Druze). However, I was unable to find any halachic sources for counting Druze men for minyan.

Are there any sources that back up what my friend told me?

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DonielF‭ wrote 7 months ago:

Anyone know if conversion to Druze is allowed, or if one must be born Druze?

Mithical‭ wrote 7 months ago:

@DonielF - there is no conversion to Druze

rosends‭ wrote 7 months ago:

is there any reason to think that this Druze was either telling the truth or knew that he was being counted as one of ten ( as opposed to being allowed to stay when there were 10 others)?

Mithical‭ wrote 7 months ago:

@rosends - Yes.

rosends‭ wrote 7 months ago:

@mithical and what would that reason be? I can find nothing in halacha which would support his contention. Can you provide some reason to think that his understanding of Jewish law is to be relied on?

robev‭ wrote 7 months ago:

@rosends this is precisely Mithical's question. What's the basis for such a statement, or is there none.

rosends‭ wrote 6 months ago:

@robev but the question is predicated on a claim that something happened. If that claim has no teeth then looking for proof one way or the other is a fool's errand.

manassehkatz‭ wrote 6 months ago:

A related question is: Do their normal practices put them in the category of Bnei Noach? That could have Halachic ramifications for permanent residence in Israel, though not in the current (and foreseeable future until Moshiach) State of Israel.

sabbahillel‭ wrote 6 months ago:

@manassehkatz Since they seem to claim to honor Yisro as their founding prophet and are rigid monotheists, they would appear to be Bnai Noach. However, since they do not release details of their beliefs we do not really know. We will find out after the mashiach comes.

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