Someone told me that mincha is an עת רצון because מידת הרחמים is strongest at that point.

Is there a source for this?

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    answered in this question? judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/26878/…
    – rosends
    Aug 16, 2015 at 17:52
  • I heard the opposite. I heard that minha is a time of very strict din, but it's only an et rason on shabbat, hence the addition of the pauk vaani tefilati...
    – 147zcbm
    Aug 17, 2015 at 3:12
  • @147zcbm I've seen your claim, also. However, IIRC, I think every day mincha is also an et ratzon since Eliyahu was answered during Mincha. Although not stated, I assume he did his "shtick" on a weekday as he and the group favoring ba'al carried buckets of water and lit fire.
    – DanF
    Aug 17, 2015 at 16:38
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    Although the aforementioned Zohar states that the attribute of harsh Heavenly judgment takes control at the time of Mincha (besides for Shabbat when, on the contrary, the time of Mincha is a time of great Heavenly mercy). halachayomit.co.il/EnglishPrint.asp?HalachaID=3151
    – 147zcbm
    Aug 19, 2015 at 10:43

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The Shitta Mekubetset to Bava Kamma (82a) (middle of the first paragraph) cites a Gaon that it is an "et ratson". This is found in Otsar HaGeonim Megillah (23b) in the name of R. Sar Shalom Gaon. Tosafot to Pesahim (107a) writes the same. Numerous contemporaneous and later sources writes this as well.

  • Thanks again and thank you for putting in your time and effort to find this answer for me. Mar 23, 2017 at 1:24
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