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What exactly is the halacha regarding greeting someone before praying shacharit?

Are you allowed to say "good morning" as you pass someone before you pray shacharit? What about saying shallom aleychem to a person you haven't seen for a while?

Is the case different for when you encounter your rabbi?

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similar judaism.stackexchange.com/q/12690/759 –  Double AA Jul 10 at 20:01

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From Halachpedia:

If one met one’s friend in the market (in a happenstance way) one may greet him with good morning and not Shalom. If this is a powerful person, and one meets him on the way, one can tell him "Shalom" .

This prohibition only applies to greeting someone, but it’s permissible to respond to someone who greeted you.

One may not go to someone’s house to greet them with “Shalom” once the time for Shacharit began. If one met the person on the way, it is preferable not to greet with “Shalom”.

Once the time for Shacharit comes until one said Brachot HaShachar one may [not] greet one’s friend with the word Shalom but rather with good morning.

If one went out of one’s way to greet one’s friend, one should not greet him with good morning, even if one already said Brachot HaShachar.

That article also lists the original sources, primarily from Mishnah Brurah

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