On Mondays and Thursdays I often fall very behind during tachanun. I see two options — I can start with the congregation after having listened with proper intent during chazarat hashatz, or I can start during chazarat hashatz and finish so I can pay attention during the Torah reading.

To complicate matters, my custom is to stand with feet together (as I would during my own prayer) during chazarat hashatz so as to be yotzei the Rav's understanding of the Rambam, that there is a separate mitzvah of tefillat hatzibbur b'tzibbur. Starting tachanun early would interrupt that.

If I did start early, would I continually interrupt my V'hu rachum with "baruch hu uvaruch shmo" and "amein" for each bracha, or just interrupt for modim or just birchat kohanim?

Related: I'm in the middle of Tachanun when they take out the Torah; what do I do?

  • I always have this problem davening in a Chabad minyan but trying to say the Ashkenaz version of Tachanun on M/Th
    – Daniel
    Commented Apr 18, 2013 at 14:18
  • @Daniel to make matters even worse, I say vidui before tachanun (though the minyan doesn't) so I fall even further behind, but if I started earlier I would be visibly interrupting davening.
    – rosends
    Commented Apr 18, 2013 at 14:32
  • There's a third option: say less of Tachanun with more kavana.
    – Double AA
    Commented Apr 18, 2013 at 15:22
  • @DoubleAA if that is indeed an option, are there guildelines?
    – rosends
    Commented Apr 18, 2013 at 16:16
  • @Dan Not sure. See OC 1:4. I don't know if it applies here, but I'd say it's reasonable enough to be an option in the hava amina of a question.
    – Double AA
    Commented Apr 18, 2013 at 16:19


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