Communal prayer at a time of danger

Q: Should we daven in a large communal prayer in shul at a time when there is danger of kassam or Grad rockets and mortars falling or in a small minyan in a bomb shelter?
A: If there is an explicit instruction not to gather communally by the Home Front Command or by the Rabbi, there is no question. If there is no explicit instruction but a recommendation, it is recommended that people not gather when there is no pressing need; but it is permissible when there is a need such as communal prayer. In truth, the risk is minute. People – to our great distress – are killed four times more often in car accidents in the State of Israel than through all of the terrorist acts and wars combined together. Even when there is a slight risk, we do not take risks by walking in the street for no reason but davening with a minyan is certainly not for no reason. In general, terror does not have power. Throughout all of history, terrorism has not succeeded in conquering a country. Terrorists can kill tens of people, hundreds, thousands, even tens of thousands but there are still millions of people. Terrorism is a psychological war. There is a Chinese saying: Kill one person and frighten tens of thousands. Their goal is to disturb normal life, weaken the citizens' trust in the government, and destroy the societal glue which binds a nation together. Thus, anyone who continues with life's routine is waging war against terror. And if the media does not report about terror, the terrorist will see that their activities are not working and it will cease.