In many, if not all, of the Nusach Sefard synagogues I've prayed at, the synagogue does not say Tachanun during Mincha during regular weekdays.

What is the source for this practice?

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    It's suggested that very often, it was after sunset.
    – Shalom
    Jun 13, 2018 at 1:32
  • @Shalom any source for that?
    – Bochur613
    Jun 13, 2018 at 1:46
  • A fair number of them skip many Shacharits too for various late / nontraditional reasons
    – Double AA
    Jun 13, 2018 at 1:47
  • Answer at judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/92493/…
    – Double AA
    Jun 13, 2018 at 1:50
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    I own a nusach sefard siddir which has tachanun during mincha. If this was specific to nusach sephard then there would be no reason to print it in the siddur. Seems like this would be more narrowly applied then nusach Sephard
    – Dude
    Jun 13, 2018 at 15:25

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See here where they suggest:

1 they often daven until after shkiya, and according to many opinions tachanun may not be said after shkiya, so a blanket rule was instituted so as never to come to saying after shkiya, which in some kabbalistic sources danger is associated with this practice.

2 tachanun by mincha requires intense concentration, which most people don’t have in the middle of their day

3 after it is night in Israel tachanun should not be said even in other parts of the world

Sources: Sefer Nimukei Orach Chaim, Shu”T Dvar Yehoshua Y:D 3:74, Zivchei Zedek siman 9 [minhag bagdad], Sefer Shulchan Hatohar Siman 22.

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    "3 after it is night in Israel tachanun should not be said even in other parts of the world" - so an 8AM shacharis in California in the winter shouldn't say tachanun either?
    – Heshy
    Jun 13, 2018 at 14:02
  • @Heshy and a Chatzot Slichot in Baghdad or Pumbedita would have to wait an hour to start. We all know none of these reasons are the ancient traditions of our ancestors. Picking them apart is mildly fun but practically pretty irrelevant: the people who buy into them don't care.
    – Double AA
    Jun 13, 2018 at 15:04

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