In my synagogue, Mincha ketana is always right before sunset.By the time the Sh"tz finishes, it is past sunset and there is no Tachanun. I can go to Mincha gedola with Tachnun at a different place. I do know there is a pro for Mincha ketana, being at the time of Kurban Ha'Tamid. However, I have never heard of an importance of having Tachanun.

Similarly, 2 synagogue have Tefillah, one with Tachanun and one w/o for whatever reason, is there a preference to go to the one with?

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  • @DanF Nothing wrong, I have never known I can say it by myself (and still,not saying is sort of the minhag I used to have). Now I'm simply interested to know if there is some sort of importance in having Tachanun.
    – Zeev
    Aug 6, 2015 at 15:38
  • @Zeev Is that a joke? Of course there's importance to Tachanun. That's why Chazal instituted that we say it. We don't just do it for funsies.
    – Double AA
    Aug 6, 2015 at 15:45
  • @Zeev Re the recent edit: the minyan appears not to be following Shulchan Arukh and standard Halacha which mandates using a Heichi Kedusha if the Chazzan won't finish in time. Just another reason to avoid this Minyan which doesn't seem to know what it's doing.
    – Double AA
    Aug 6, 2015 at 15:49
  • @DoubleAA I'll try to make it clearer. Mincha is 10 minutes before the earliest sunset in the week. Assuming we do have a minhag of not saying Tachanun after sunset, I didn't check if the Sh"tz actually finishes after, I remember being told that is the reason. Bottom line, there is never Tachanun in Mincha ketana there. Of course there is importance in saying it, but I didn't hear it is prioritized over a minyan w/o.
    – Zeev
    Aug 6, 2015 at 17:14


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