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What is a Jewish Minyan service?

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A Jewish Minyan service refers to the congregation of a minimum of 10 adult Jews for a religious session. According to Jewish traditions, the 10 adults should be male and must have attained the age of 13 years. Females who have attained adulthood are not counted or considered to make up the Minyan service.

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The Jewish Minyan service is derived from the story of Moses, in which 10 spies were sent to investigate the land of Canaan. In the book of Psalms 82, the same word used to refer to the spies is applied to a congregation of God. Some of the activities that may be involved in a Minyan service include prayer sessions, priestly blessings, reading from holy scriptures, public worship and funeral ceremonies.

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