In a message dated 4/5/00 2:33:21 PM Eastern Daylight Time, Mayer writes:
In assembling a Minyan, can you count the Torah as the "tenth man"? - Thank you.
Thanks for your question, Mayer.
You need to consult your own community's rabbi before trying anything so radical. I have heard anecdotes suggesting that a small minority from certain places have permitted it under a certain set of unusual conditions, using a procedure in which a boy who is *almost* a Bar Mitzvah holds the scroll throughout the minyan. But others (the vast majority) can find no legal explanation/justification for it.
(You follow your own rabbi/posek.)