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 (mĭn′yən, mēn-yän′)
n. pl. min·ya·nim (mēn-yä-nēm′, mĭn-yô′nĭm) or min·yans (mĭn′yənz)
The minimum number of ten adult Jews or, among the Orthodox, Jewish men required for a communal religious service.

[Hebrew minyān, number, minyan, from Aramaic minyānā, from mənā, to count; see mnw in Semitic roots.]


(minˈjan; English ˈmɪnjən)
n, pl minyanim (minjaˈnim) , minyans
(Judaism) the number of persons required by Jewish law to be present for a religious service, namely, at least ten males over thirteen years of age
[literally: number]


(ˈmɪn yən, mɪnˈyɑn)

n., pl. min•yans, min•yan•im (ˌmɪn yɑˈnim)
the quorum of 10 adult Jewish males required by Jewish law to be present for public prayers.
[1750–60;< Hebrew, literally, number]
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Noun1.minyan - the quorum required by Jewish law to be present for public worship (at least ten males over thirteen years of age)minyan - the quorum required by Jewish law to be present for public worship (at least ten males over thirteen years of age)
quorum - a gathering of the minimal number of members of an organization to conduct business
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Then he left his home and fled from horse-rearing Argos and came to Minyan Orchomenus.
She was youngest daughter to Amphion son of Iasus and king of Minyan Orchomenus, and was Queen in Pylos.
Shiva minyans are being held at the homes of the victims and their family members and at the Jewish Community Center, a 10-minute walk up the street from the Tree of Life.
Among them are excluding him from prayer minyans and not allowing him to be buried in a Jewish cemetery.
While other independent congregations that define themselves as Orthodox had already broken this barrier, particularly the so-called partnership minyans such as Shira Chadasha in Jerusalem, Darchei Noam in New York and Rosh Pina in Washington, DC, this was considered a first.
It boasted three minyans a day, a mikvah, and a baseball team nicknamed the "Goose Eaters." Membership peaked at forty-five families, some of whom remained with the congregation for five generations.
While still not recognized by the Orthodox, today women routinely become rabbis and are counted in minyans of Reform and most Conservative synagogues (Zaidman 50).
As long as fledgling churches and neighborhood minyans are shut down by zoning boards, and anti-discrimination laws are interpreted to forbid Bible verses on paychecks while forcing landlords to rent to unmarried couples, religious conservatives will need Richard Epstein's legal scholarship more than Allan Bloom's attacks on rock music.
According to the original story, the crew consisted of the chief members of Jason's own race, the Minyans; later, other and better-known heroes, such as Heracles, were added to their number.
It underscores the degree to which mainstream synagogues feel the movements have hampered their efforts to attract younger Jews at a time when independent minyans and other groups are succeeding with a less institutional approach to Jewish practice.