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minyan

In Judaism, some prayers require a minyan, or a group of at least ten adults. Wedding blessings and prayers for the dead are among those that need a minyan.

A minyan is a religious quorum, the minimum number of people required. In Judaism, many prayers can be said alone, but some of them require the sense of community and connection that comes from a cohesive group of people. Saying Kaddish after a loved one’s death is one example. In Orthodox synagogues, a minyan is composed only of men, but in most Jewish communities women are also included. Minyan has a Hebrew root, maneh, "to count or to number."

Definitions of minyan
  1. noun
    the quorum required by Jewish law to be present for public worship (at least ten males over thirteen years of age)
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    a gathering of the minimal number of members of an organization to conduct business
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