Each tefilla of Yom Kippur has a pretty clear theme, except for mincha. (This is my sense from thinking about it during davening over several years. I don't think there will be anything too controversial here, but please comment if you disagree.)

  • Maariv: Piyutim mostly describe our relationship with Hashem in the context of Yom Kippur, culminating in כי הנה כחמר
  • Shacharit: Praising Hashem like angels
  • Musaf: The avodah (and more praises at the beginning, with many of them focusing on the Beit Hamikdash, e.g. נחשב כצג באיתון and ויאתיו. I would like to think that all of them focus on the avodah but I haven't worked it out in detail.)
  • Mincha: ????
  • Neilah: Last chance, putting in as many י"ג מדות as possible. I get the sense that the piyutim are there as "fillers", to allow us to say the י"ג מדות again, and many parts of the selichot structure (פסוקי הקדמה, סלח נא, most of the ending pieces) are not there anymore.

Chazarat hashatz of mincha is basically the bare minimum relative to the rest of Yom Kippur, with the standard brachot and viduy but very little else, so there's not much to grab onto there.

How do the few additions to chazarat hashatz connect to the arayot and Yonah? What theme should you concentrate on during mincha?

  • Perhaps the first question to ask is what's the connection between Arayos and Yom Kippur. (Yonah seems pretty clear - do Teshuvah, you'll be saved. Don't listen to Hashem and a giant fish will eat you.) – DonielF Oct 11 '16 at 13:52
  • Surmising - Mincha is always the shortest of the 3 daily prayers. Yom Kippur is no different. Ne'ilah is a special prayer that used to be a standard for all fast days (See Tal. Ta'anit.) I'm not sure why it was cancelled except for Yom Kippur. – DanF Oct 11 '16 at 14:36
  • I love the question, but I don’t see any SPECIAL piyutim in Chazras HaShas at Mincha. Which just makes your question stronger. It almost looks like we’re trying to be yotze zain and just get it over with. – LN6595 Mar 5 '18 at 3:13

That is Gufa the beauty of this Tefilla. It's what you make of it. PS Eliyahu was answered at Mincha.

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    Could you please edit this answer to flesh out the particular ideas that address the question at hand: What is the essential theme of Mincha on Y"K that we should concentrate on then? – Isaac Moses Sep 25 '17 at 19:37

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