min·​yan | \ ˈmin-yən How to pronounce minyan (audio) \
plural minyanim\ ˌmin-​yə-​ˈnēm How to pronounce minyan (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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Recent Examples on the Web With about a dozen members, the Jews of Vidin can barely form a minyan. Jonah Goldman Kay, sun-sentinel.com, 11 Aug. 2021 This little shul, literally risen from the ashes as a symbol of Jewish perseverance, holds a minyan, or quorum, three times a day. Josh Nass, WSJ, 15 July 2021 Now the law committee is preparing to formally consider whether the allowance for a Zoom minyan should outlive the pandemic. Ben Harris, sun-sentinel.com, 14 Apr. 2021 What began with about a dozen people — barely more than a minyan — has grown to 100+ actors. Giovanni René Rodriguez, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2021 Doing so technically violated a 2001 decision by the Conservative movement’s Jewish law authority, which had voted by overwhelming majority to bar the convening of an online prayer quorum, or minyan. Ben Harris, sun-sentinel.com, 14 Apr. 2021 In the Orthodox Jewish community that limit might operate to exclude all women, considering 10 men are necessary to establish a minyan, or a quorum. Arkansas Online, 28 Nov. 2020 While individual prayer is important, Judaism elevates worshiping with others, said Dr. Michael Wolfe, a gastroenterologist who attends the daily morning minyan at the Jewish Center. James Estrin, New York Times, 15 Nov. 2020 Only men could be counted for a minyan, a tradition that has since changed in Reform and Conservative Jewish traditions. Yonat Shimron, chicagotribune.com, 19 Sep. 2020

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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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27 Aug 2021

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“Minyan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minyan. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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