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What should one do if he mistakenly davens (e.g. Mincha) a second time, and remembers half way through Shemoneh Esrei?

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A twist on the question: If you finished, would it be a shaila of being yotze maariv? (Either after plag or acc. to the Aruch Hashulchan) –  YDK Aug 27 '10 at 2:20
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@YDK I doubt it...In the case of Tashlumin, if you prayed the first prayer having mind for that to be Tashlumin- you are not Yose Yede Hova either Tefilot. I would think the same applies here. –  Hacham Gabriel Feb 23 '12 at 16:32
    
@Vram if you had in mind for the second one to be regular Tefila, then all you have to do is another tashlumim. However, if the first Tefila you had in mind a Tashlumim and then found out that you weren't supposed to, you must repeat another 2 S"E's/ –  Hacham Gabriel Feb 23 '12 at 23:53
    
@HachamGabriel, that's not because you need the proper tefilah in mind. It is because the prayer that you designate for tashlumim must be attached (follow) to another tefila and that is lacking in your case. –  YDK Feb 24 '12 at 0:27
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You can't consider it a tefillas nedavah (voluntary prayer), because you started it under the impression that it was required. So you simply break off wherever you are holding.

(Shmuel in Berachos 21a; Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 107:1)

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I recall that you can't do a 1/2 nedava. I'll try to dig up the source. –  YDK Aug 27 '10 at 1:37
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You're right, and thanks - that'll teach me to give answers off-the-cuff without checking my sources. I'll revise. –  Alex Aug 27 '10 at 1:53
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So alex are you saying your answer is wrong? –  SimchasTorah Aug 27 '10 at 13:07
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He's edited it since. –  Isaac Moses Aug 27 '10 at 13:27
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