Isn't it better to pray alone, without distractions?
A folk etymology understands the [consonant] letters of the word tzibbur, "community," as representing the [initials of] the words tzaddikim ("righteous"); beinonim ("average"); resha'im ("wicked"). It takes all sorts to make a Jewish community as it takes all sorts to make a world.
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