Before reciting the verse from Psalms 51:17 that precedes the silent prayer, many traditions add the sentence from Haazinu (Devarim 32:3) before the minchah, musaf and neilah:

כִּ֛י שֵׁ֥ם יְהוָ֖ה אֶקְרָ֑א הָב֥וּ גֹ֖דֶל לֵֽאלֹהֵֽינוּ׃

For I will proclaim the name of the Lord, ascribe ye greatness unto our God.

Why is that sentence added specifically at this point?

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    If your Hebrew's good: forum.otzar.org/viewtopic.php?t=42276 – רבות מחשבות Dec 25 '18 at 20:50
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    @רבותמחשבות So it is at least as old as the Tur. I always thought is was something more recent. – Kazi bácsi Dec 25 '18 at 21:05
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    Perhaps the question should be asked the other way: why at Shacharis and Maariv do we start Shemoneh Esrei differently? On a regular day, sure, Mincha's the odd one out, but across the five tefillos, more of them include כי שם than exclude it. – DonielF Dec 25 '18 at 23:41
  • @DonielF Exclusion is clear from the Masechet Berakhot argument. The verse would be considered an interruption. – Kazi bácsi Dec 26 '18 at 10:03

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
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    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
  • I don't have access to Beurei Hatefilla site, now. But, I think they had an interesting article that debated the necessity of S'michut Ge'ula :etfilla for Ma'ariv. This led to questions as to whether Baruch Hashem L'olam was considered an interruption or not. I'll try to locate that article and post something this week. Of course, you are welcome to beat me to it :-) – DanF Aug 28 '17 at 13:46
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    Sources????????? – רבות מחשבות Dec 25 '18 at 20:50

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