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Why (in some synagogues) does the shatz (leader) put on the talis during mincha of Shabas, before "Vaani s'filasi", rather than before the start of mincha?

As Gershon Gold notes in his answer, Shaare S'shuva says this is because when we say "Vaani s'filasi" is a time of ratzon. And as I note in a comment to that answer, Taame Haminhagim says that it has to do with the words vaani s'filasi: a talis is connected to t'fila. But neither of them answers why we wait and put on the talis during mincha rather than before: after all, we don't need a talis until (let's say) "Baruch sheamar", yet we don it at the start of shacharis.

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I've never seen such a thing. –  jake Jun 23 '11 at 19:32
    
me neither........ –  Yuck Jun 23 '11 at 19:53
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By the Chasidishe Shuls that is what they do. –  Gershon Gold Jun 23 '11 at 20:14
    
A similar oddity (though I have no reason to think it's related): judaism.stackexchange.com/q/36812 –  msh210 Mar 31 at 14:43
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Shaarei Teshuva Orach Chaim Siman 292:1, the Baal Tefila puts on the Tallis by Va'ani Sefilosi because it is an Eis Ratzon.

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And Taame Haminhagim says it's to do with the words "vaani s'filasi": because a talis is connected to t'fila. But neither the Shaa"S nor the Taame Haminhagim explains why to don the talis only right before it's 'needed'. I mean, we don't put on talis and t'filin right before "Baruch Sheamar" (since there are issues with saying the b'racha afterward). We put them on before shacharis. If we're wearing the talis for "Vaani s'filasi", why not put it on before mincha? –  msh210 Jun 23 '11 at 20:58
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