Jul 5, 1998 - 21:10 -
I have a question:
I am not Jewish, but in talking to a number
of friends the other day I was intrigued by the concept of the Minyan.
As I understand it it's a form of community prayer conducted by at least
ten people (sometimes women are allowed to participate and sometimes
individuals close to their Bar/Bat Mitzvah can be included). What no-one
knew was why 10 is the minimum number as against 8 or 12. Does 10 have
mystical significance? -- or is it related to the structure of the various
prayers that are used? Thanks for your help -- I will pass on the answer
to my friends. Martin
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Thanks for your question, Martin.
Ten adult men are sufficient to represent the entire nation,
based on Biblical narrative. Ten is the number of righteous men
that, had they existed, would have been sufficient to redeem all of
Sodom and Gemorrah during Abraham's negotiation with God. Ten
is also the number of unrightous men (among the twelve spies) whose
evil report of the Land caused the entire nation to spend forty
years wandering in the wilderness.