min·​yan | \ ˈmin-yən How to pronounce minyan (audio) \
plural minyanim\ ˌmin-​yə-​ˈnēm How to pronounce minyanim (audio) \ or minyans

Definition of minyan

: the quorum required for Jewish communal worship that consists of ten male adults in Orthodox Judaism and usually ten adults of either sex in Conservative and Reform Judaism

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Shiva will be held on Tuesday, June 18 and Wednesday, June 19 from 6:30-8:30 with minyans at 7pm. at the Osborn residence. courant.com, "Brian Jack Osborn," 17 June 2019 According to Orthodox Jewish tradition, 10 men — known as a minyan — are needed to say the mourner’s prayer, and several older women apologized that their husbands weren’t home. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "Gay and Once Divorced, a Canadian Rabbi Broadens Judaism’s Tent," 12 July 2019 Shiva will be observed at the Feltman home, 20 West Ridge Drive, West Hartford, CT 06117 on Tuesday, July 10, Wednesday July 11 and Thursday, July 12 and from 6PM 8PM ONLY with a shiva minyan at 7PM. courant.com, "Frances S. Feltman," 10 July 2018 Visitors are welcome after 1 pm through the evening minyan at both residences. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Richard Rubin," 2 May 2018 Congregation Shaarei Kodesh, a Conservative synagogue located at 19785 Hampton Drive, Suite 4, in Boca Raton, begins its Tisha B'Av schedule with a services & learning at 9 p.m. on July 21 and continues with minyan at 9 a.m. on July 22. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Temples plan observances of Tisha B'Av, saddest day in Jewish history," 13 July 2018 Church bells sounded in the distance, a reminder of the unlikely setting for a Jewish mourning ritual, along with the monks in black hooded robes among the minyan. Emanuella Grinberg, Smithsonian, "When a Bavarian Monastery Provided a Home to Jewish Refugees," 11 July 2018 Shiva times are from 2PM to 4PM and from 7PM to 9PM, with a shiva minyan service beginning at 7 pm. courant.com, "Herbert D. Jones," 8 June 2018 The family will receive visitors during the Shiva memorial period from Sunday, May 6th through Monday, May 7th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at Sid's home, 806 Tolland Street, East Hartford, with a minyan at 5:00pm on Sunday, May 6th. courant.com, "Sidney E. Gornish," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of minyan

1753, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for minyan

Hebrew minyān, literally, number, count

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