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 What began with about a dozen people — barely more than a minyan — has grown to 100+ actors. Giovanni René Rodriguez, Forbes, "The Temple In The Cloud: The Actors Reading Collective," 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, "Conservative Jews consider whether to make Zoom prayer permanent," 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, "OPINION | EDITORIAL: Opinion makers," 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, "Staying Apart, But Praying Together," 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, "Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was shaped by her minority faith and passionate about Judaism’s concern for justice," 19 Sep. 2020 Beth Hillel’s Saturday and Sunday Rosh Hashana services will be held indoors, with only 10 minyan in the sanctuary, and streamed online for the rest of the congregation. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Masked shofar, sidewalk prayers and home worship: Jewish congregations adjust High Holy Days to coronavirus mandates," 18 Sep. 2020 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

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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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29 Apr 2021

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“Minyan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minyan. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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