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Before reciting the amidah for mincha many nuschot add the sentence כִּי שֵׁם ה' אֶקְרָא, הָבוּ גדֶל לֵאלהֵינוּ before אֲדנָי שפָתַי תִּפְתָּח וּפִי יַגִּיד תְּהִלָּתֶךָ.

Why is that sentenced added specifically at mincha?

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It's also added at Musaf and Neilah. Also who is we? Do Teimanim do that? – Double AA Nov 29 '12 at 20:08
you can edit the question dude – user2110 Nov 29 '12 at 20:11
@nikmasi, you can also edit it to be clearer and more precise. – Seth J Nov 29 '12 at 21:04
i'm not the one who thought it was unclear – user2110 Nov 29 '12 at 21:24
@nikmasi If you like the question as it is then I will post an answer rejecting your premise that the verse is specifically added at Mincha and will expect you to select it as best answer. Do we have a deal? – Double AA Nov 29 '12 at 21:38

According to Halacha you are not supposed to have a break between Geula and Tefila by Shacharis and Maariv. However by Mincha there is no problem of having a break, therefore we can say this extra Posuk. You may ask then isn't אֲדנָי שפָתַי תִּפְתָּח וּפִי יַגִּיד תְּהִלָּתֶךָ a break. The Gemara in Brachos 4b asks this question and answers אלא התם כיון דתקינו רבנן למימר ה' שפתי תפתח כתפילה אריכתא דמיא that since the Chachamim instituted this Posuk therefore it is considered part of the Tefila. Perhaps by Mincha to indicate that one may break therefore we say this additional Posuk.


Rabbi Shmuel Pinchas Gelbard says that perhaps this Posuk is added in due to the fact that we learn many Hilchos Brachos from it Brachos 21, Brachos 45

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Thanks can you add in why that pasuk and why we add at all (just because we can doesn't mean we should). elst we could add in a whole megillah, no? – user2110 Nov 29 '12 at 20:24
It may be worth adding that, according to the link brought, some Sidurim don't have "Ki Shem ha-Shem Eqra" said before Shemoneh Esreh at all( including in Minchah and Musaf). – Tamir Evan Nov 29 '12 at 20:41

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