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

Examples of minyan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In order to perform certain rituals or prayers, Judaism calls for a gathering of at least 10 people to form a minyan, or quorum. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Shabbat dinners amid the pandemic: An ancient Jewish tradition goes virtual," 14 Aug. 2020 While traditionally a minyan, or quorum, of 10 people is needed to sit shiva and say prayers in the seven days after a burial, local rabbis have approved groups of 10 that come together on Zoom. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jewish funerals can't wait for the pandemic to end. But mourners find comfort in virtual communities.," 12 May 2020 The Highland Park temple has been holding online services, including a twice daily minyan, a gathering to recite prayers. Shira Ovide, New York Times, "Passover Goes On, With Screens," 7 Apr. 2020 The recitation of certain communal prayers at Passover, like many other ritual celebrations in some orthodox Jewish communities, involves a minyan, or a quorum of 10, traditionally male, participants. Samuel L. Boyd, The Conversation, "A virtual Passover may be the first for many, but Judaism has a long history of ritual innovation," 7 Apr. 2020 Joyce Fienberg, a fellow congregant, called to wake him at 6 a.m. every morning and then accompanied him to the synagogue’s morning prayer service, known as minyan. Allie Caren, Washington Post, "‘All my friends are dead’," 26 Oct. 2019 Jewish congregations have had to conduct video-only minyans, a group of 10 gathered to observe the sabbath on Friday evening. al, "It’s Sunday in the South with no church," 22 Mar. 2020 But people sometimes in secret gathered in the barracks and organized a minyan. Washington Post, "A bar mitzvah for Gerry, who turned 13 while the Nazis occupied Poland," 19 Jan. 2020 Launched as part of a broader effort by SAR to inspire a deeper connection to prayer, the meditation minyan is one of several alternatives to the traditional daily prayer service offered by the school. Ben Harris, sun-sentinel.com, "How Jewish day schools are reimagining daily prayer," 25 Sep. 2019

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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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26 Aug 2020

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“Minyan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minyan. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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