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Many synagogues - mainly Orthodox, not specifically Hassidic, light two candles in front of the Chazzan's (cantor's) table. The candles are on during the duration of the prayers and extinguished afterwards. (Some places use electric "candles"; others use wax. I prefer the wax, though it is a bit more dangerous, smelly, and messy.) It has nothing to do with ...


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Minhag Yisroel Torah Orach Chaim 292:6 "the Minhag is that on Shabbos at the time of Mincha not to wish your friends Shabbos Shalom since it is the time of the passing of Moshe Rabeinu". Nitei Gavriel Hilchos Yom Tov 2 Page 389:10 mentions in the name of Sefer Minhagei Yeshurin Os 80 and Sefer Matamim, since the passing of Moshe Rabeinu, Yosef HaTzadik, and ...


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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 ...


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Mishna Berura 573:8 mentions that a Chasan should say Viduy on the day of the wedding. There is no mention that it has to be at Mincha. Most likely the Minhag of saying it at Mincha was done practically as most weddings are after the time of Mincha. However it can be done anytime in the day. ...


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Justifications for Minhag Sfard: The Tur (OC 292) brings both customs, and writes that the Nusach Sefard is the correct one, as the verses follow the same order which they appear in Tehillim. According to the Zohar (Parshas Terumah 156a), the three verses correspond to three Tzadikim who passed away on Shabbos afternoon - Yosef Hatzadik, Moshe Rabeiynu and ...


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The Mishna Berura rules that one should not start mincha if they will not finish Shemoneh Esreh before shkia (sunset), but many rely on Rabenu Tam's time and daven considerably later. I was told by my rav to omit tachanun if davening later than allowed by the M"B. Shachris can technically be davened until chatzos (halachic midday) but it really ought to be ...


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Same answer as Gershon, just with more English: "Mincha gedola" (earliest mincha) is 12:30PM assuming 6AM sunrise 6PM sunset. It's the earliest time for Mincha. "Mincha ketana" is 3:30PM on a 6-to-6 day. Theoretically the ideal time to say mincha is mincha ketana or later; however, often schedules work out that it's better to get it in earlier, in which ...


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As @GershonGold mentioned in his answer, Mincha time of Shabbat is associated with the passing of Moshe, Yosef, and David. One of the ways we commemorate it is by not greeting someone by wishing them a Good Shabbat at Mincha time. [The Mishna Berurah S"K 6 on Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 292:2) tells us that this is why we say Tzidkatcha after the Amidah in ...


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Check out the Rif (not the halachic commentary) on the Ein Yaakov. He asks this question and brings several answers. One of the answers he gives is that Eliyahu may not have deserved to be answered at all, since he was offering a sacrifice outside of the Beit Hamikdash (even though it was permitted to him, it still was slightly connected to a sin - See ...


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Many chasidim light candles on the yahrtzeits of important figures in chasidic history. One of the more widely-practiced ones (in the US) is to light a candle on the Yahrtzeit of R' Mendel of Riminov, which is the night after Lag Ba'omer. Chasidish shuls or shuls with lots of chasidim tend to leave out candles for people to light in the shul. I've even ...


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The source for this is Hayom Yom, entry for 22 Nissan. R' Michoel Aharon Seligson, who has written extensively on Hayom Yom, suggests (Kovetz Haoros Ubeurim 936, Acrobat page 216) that this is in order to fit in the two daytime meals needed on this day (the regular Yom Tov meal, and "Moshiach's Seudah"). So the kiddush (with matzah balls or something ...


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There is an advantage to praying Mincha Gedola (mincha between 6.5 halakhic hours into the day and 9.5) as "Zerizim Makdimim L'Mitzvos" (alacritous ones are early to fulfill commandments). There is also an advantage to praying Mincha Ktana (from 9.5 until the end time (10.75 or 12)), as mincha k'tana more accurately projects the time of the Korban Tamid Shel ...


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Yoel's answer describes until when one can pray. I'll just add that if one missed the right time due to circumstances beyond his control then he can usually make up the missed amida (sh'mone esre) by reciting an extra amida after his next one; e.g., if he missed mincha he can say two amidos at maariv. (This does not apply to a missed musaf (and I'm not sure ...


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The Aruch Hashulchan 234:1 says he should skip ashrei. He doesn't make a distinction between coming right when they start or in the middle. Obviously, you cannot be mafsik during kaddish to say ashrei. (I would have thought to say a few pesukim kedei laamod bitfilla mitoch divrei Torah, but I guess not.) There is no takanah of saying ashrei after Shmona ...


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The days that we do say tachanun at Mincha, even though we don't say tachanun the next morning are Erev Rosh Hashanah, and Erev Yom Kippur, and there's a dispute (in both the Ashkenazi and Sephardi spheres) about Pesach Sheni. Neither of these are "real holidays" in the same sense that Purim and Chanukah are. Since I would think that Yom Yerushalyim and Yom ...


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Taamei HaMinhagim, entry 128, says that we do not say Tachanun on the eve of Shabbat or Yom Tov (and other eves), as a reminder to pray the special prayers in that evening's prayers, or at least as a reminder that the special day that starts that evening.


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The Maharam Chalawa in the 10th chapter of Pesachim discusses this. He says that even if it were coming down to the end of zman Mincha and you had to stop to daven, it would still not be a hefsek. This is codified by the Shulchan Aruch O.C. 178:6 מי שנזכר בתוך הסעודה שלא התפלל ועמד והתפלל אפילו אם אין שהות לגמור סעודתו ולהתפלל שחייב להפסיק ואי אפשר לו ...


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http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=43404&st=&pgnum=130&hilite= We do not say Tachanun on Shabbos and Yom Tov which are "Yemei Simcha" days of Simcha. Since Mincha prior to these days we are already in the Simcha mode, we do not say Tachanun either.


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According to the Rambam Hil. Tefillah 1:2, Tefillah ends with hoda'ah, gratitude, not a request to grant peace. Bakashos, requests, are in the middle of the tefillah. My Rav gave a shiur based on the above, plus the idea of bircas kohanim following avodah (Shmini 9:22) (and other sources), that sim shalom is a distinct part of tefillah specially instituted ...


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There are conflicting opinions in the Rishonim as to which of these time periods is the preferred choice for davening Mincha. Some Poskim, Rabbeinu Seadya Gaon, Rif, Ritva, Rosh, Tur, prefer Mincha Gedola, while Rabbeinu Chananel, Rambam, Archos Chaim, Meiri, hold that Mincha Ketana is the preferred time to daven. As there is no decisive ...


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There are basically five schools of thought when approaching the issue of birkot keriat shema post-plag and pre-nightfall (assuming it is not tarti desatri which has, ummm, fewer) because it seems odd to say brachot on shema when you are seemingly not fulfilling the mitzva. They are: Rav Hai Gaon (quoted in Tur OC 235 and Rosh Brachot 1:1 and more): Daven ...


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According to Sefer HaKushyos and other sources the reason is because the Torah is read by Shabbos Mincha. Although, this answer still requires further clarification. See https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B1NJHmIXg4QJZEQ2Rk04MkJUN3loRHN6Z1RWX3pQQQ Although regular Nusach Ashkenaz doesn't do this, the Vilna Gaon was of the opinion to do so which is why the ...


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The Kol Bo Siman 40 and Rokeach Siman 362 say that we do not say Uva Letziyon by Shacharis on Shabbos due to the elderly people, pregnant woman, and expecting mothers that are there as we do not want to make them wait that much longer to eat. Therefore we say it instead at Mincha. Regarding saying it on Motzei shabbos the Rokeach says it has to do with the ...


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The first Lubavitcher Rebbe says one can be lenient to pray Mincha during Bein Hashmoshos (twilight) which in Russia during the equinoxes it's about 30 minutes after sunset). see here http://chabadlibrary.org/books/adhaz/piskey/17.htm (2nd to last paragraph)


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This very question is dealt with in chapter 43 of the second volume of אלה הם מועדי by Rabbi Eliyahu Schlesinger of Gilo, Jerusalem. He cites Shlomo Zalman Auerbach who holds that one does recite Al HaNisim in Mincha after lighting the Menorah. (See הליכות שלמה- מועדים,יז:ז) He explains that despite that it's still the 24th of Kislev; it's considered ...


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Disclaimer: this answer does not deal with the latest time for mincha. It assumes that the question refers to a time when one for sure cannot pray mincha. If it's really not the time for mincha at all then don't say Amen as the blessings are levatala. I can't prove this for late mincha specifically, but by a late shacharit, the Biur Halacha (OC 89 sv ...


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http://www.mevaseret.org/mmy/searchshiurim.php?shiur=391 If the Pidyon Haben and its festive meal will take place immediately after davening, Tachanun is not recited (Ishai Yisrael 25:26 quoting Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach). However the Mishnas Yehoshua brings in the name of the Sova Semochos that you do say Tachanun at a Pidyon HaBen


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This answer presumes that the minyan is davening back-to-back because otherwise people may go home and end up not davening maariv. Therefore, I am bringing a psak that not everyone agrees to, but may be applicable under the aforementioned circumstance- CYLOR. The Aruch haShulchan (OC 110:5) holds that one who starts davening in the proper time is davening ...


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Textual variants other than Nusach Ashkenaz simply have the text sim shalom. In Nusach Ashkenaz, it appears that the lengthy sim shalom was intended for prayers at which Birkat Kohanim (which concludes with "may G-d grant you peace") could be said; and an abridged version, shalom rav, at prayers where it couldn't. (At night, as well as afternoons as often ...


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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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