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Questions tagged [zemanim]

Questions related to different times of day as they apply to Jewish Law.

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Can saying Sh'ma once satisfy two different Sh'ma obligations?

In an extenuating circumstance, one can say the night time K'riyat Sh'ma until Netz, as per this statement: If one didn’t say it then, make sure to complete it by Chatzot (midnight) and after the ...
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Is Misheyakir affected by clouds?

Does the time of Misheyakir in the morning get affected if it's overcast. Because then technically it's not Misheyakir.
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For the start of the day, is “sunset” astronomical or visible?

Yesterday was the equinox and I noticed that the day was longer than 12 hours according to the (secular) sunrise/sunset times. Curious, I did some investigation. One reason for the difference is how ...
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Selichoth with Tallith and Tefillin

Assuming one is saying selichoth during the time of tallith and tefillin (e.g. ~6AM in the greater New York metropolitan area), should one put them on first or wait till after selichoth? Does it make ...
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Recommended changes to the text of selichos when you say them at the “wrong” time

Some of the piyutim in selichos assume that you're saying them at the ideal time - before Amud Hashachar (for example, at the end of selicha #70 שחרנוך קדם עמוד השחר). Many people don't make it at ...
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Assistance with on-line articles on “Bein Hashmashot”

I'm compiling a shiur that I plan to give on Rosh Hashanna that focuses on Ben Hashmashot (twilight). I know that there is much confusion and many opinions on how this is defined. The shiur will take ...
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Keeping Two-day Shabbos in the Pacific Islands? [duplicate]

What's this I see about people in the Pacific Islands keeping two days of Shabbos? If it is true: Who, how, since when, and why?
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Time for last meal if Tisha B’Av is on Sunday

If Tisha B’Av is coming on Sunday, when or what time is the last meal for Shabbat?
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Why does Shabbat start at 5 PM on Friday? [duplicate]

Why does Shabbat start at 5 p.m. on Friday, and not at Friday sunset (like Seventh Day Adventists do) or at Friday noon?
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Late emergence of 3 stars and Shema repetition

Orach Chayim 235:1 rules that one has to repeat Shema after the emergence of 3 stars (tzeit kochavim) if prayed earlier in the evening. Many don't wait until tzeit in the summer on Fridays, pray ...
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What is the meaning of “Midnight Guard - First Watch” and “Morning Guard - Third Watch” in the Zmanim

I have searched this Mi Yodea site extensively and can find no references. I am almost positive that this is not a duplicate, or answered somewhere else.Thank you. I use the Halachic Times App (...
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When does Shabbat officially start?

I am confused about the exact/official time of Shabbat starting. Is it 18 minutes before sunset, when the candles are lit, or at sunset?
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Why is twilight called “Bein Hashmashot”?

Inspired by this question, I'm curious why halachic literature calls twilight בין השמשות, which means, literally, "between the two suns"? The sun has set, and there is just one sun, anyway. What do ...
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“Ben Ha'arbayim” vs. “Ben Hashmashot”

There seem to be two terms used to mean "twilight". The Torah uses the term בן הערבים as in the time for the Mincha and Pesach offerings. Talmudic literature uses the term בן השמשות I know that ...
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Can an individual do both Mincha and Maariv before dark on the same day?

It is commonly said one cannot daven both Mincha and Maariv before dark, on account that after Pelag haMinchah there is a dispute in the Gemara if it is time for this or for that [clarification ...
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Different listed times of tzeit hakochavim [duplicate]

Tzeit hakochavim is an important time of day. For instance, as far as I know it is the earliest time for Shema in the evening. I've seen many calculations of that time (nine are displayed on myzmanim....
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Appointment conflict with Hanukkah Candle Lightning

If a person has an appointment she must attend after the candle lighting time but needs to depart before the candle lighting time, what should the person do?
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Is Shacharit before dawn okay? [duplicate]

If a person is tight on time, is it okay to pray the amidah before dawn if you're a girl?
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Does one have to pray arvit during a very short night on a plane?

When flying from the US to Europe (especially in the summer) one often takes off before the time for arvit has arrived and only a few short hours later the sun already rises over Europe. For practical ...
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Why wake up for tikkun chatzot instead of staying up for it

Tikkun chatzot is recited almost by definition in the middle of the night. I know far more people who are still awake at that time (generally somewhere between 12 AM & 1 AM) than who sleep before ...
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Allowed to skip certain parts of shacharis in order to say shacharis shemoneh esrei before chatzos?

In the Artscroll siddur it says if a person is afraid he will not catch up to the tzibbur fast enough in order to start Shemoneh Esrei with them, he is allowed to skip everything except certain ...
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Bein hashmashot and bris

If a baby is born "bein hashmashot" how do we count the days till the 8th for the bris? For example, if it's bein hashmashot Sunday evening, will the bris be the following Sunday or following Monday ...
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Wearing tallit “late”

Based on this question. If one (who has the tradition of wearing a tallit while davening shacharit, be it because he is married, or over 13) can not wear a tallit in the morning, does he put one on ...
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Is there any opinion that permits davening Maariv before plag

I davened at a shul this morning that announced mincha at 5:30pm with maariv following immediately after. Plag mincha is around 6:45pm today. I pointed this out to the gabbai and he said that there is ...
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What is the definition of “She'at Hadchak” regarding mincha and ma'ariv?

This M.Y. answer discusses the various opinions of whether one can daven Mincha and follow it with Ma'ariv immediately afterwards when one began mincha after plag. (Note that this wasn't the subject ...
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12 halachic hours – why no more halachic consequences?

In MyZmanim (and other luachs) one can find the latest time for reading Shema according to the calculation of the Magen Avraham and Baal HaTanya / Gra. One can (and should) decide which approach to ...
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Digital Zmanim Displays from Bee Zee Systems [closed]

I noticed digital zmanim displays in many synagogues from Bee Zee Systems and I would like to get a break down of the cost associated with installing such a system. I contacted Bee Zee Systems and I ...
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Yahrtzeit Bein HaShemashos

There are several customs that relate to Yahrtzeit, such as lighting a candle, saying Keil Malei Rachamim, etc. These typically are done on the Yahrtzeit, though some do it on the preceding Shabbos. ...
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Majority of Poskim like Rabbeinu Tam?

Recently someone made the statement that "rov poskim" go like the shita of Rabbeinu Tam in regards to shkia/nightfall. Is there any list available that shows the Rishonim and Achronim that pasken like ...
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When do German Ashkenazim make havdalah?

I know that there are several opinions regarding the calculation​ of the time of motsei Shabbas. What method of calculating the time for Havdalah is used in German Ashkenaz minhag?
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Doubt about Zemanim

There are several things that cannot be performed before Shekiah, and several things that cannot be done after. (For instance, one cannot daven Mincha after Shekiah.) What if one is unsure if Shekiah ...
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Davening and putting on tefillin when leaving early

What are the guidelines for praying when one must leave early? For example, if one will be leaving at 6:45. נץ is 6:52 and משיכר is 6:02. What is the appropriate course of action? When can one ...
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What if you don't know whether something became muktzeh between twilight and nightfall?

I am vaguely aware that there are certain cases in which an otherwise non-muktzeh object may become muktzeh, i.e., by being on a certain base during twilight on Friday night. But if you don't know ...
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Davening neitz in the olden days

I see that in many synagogues that have a minyan for neitz (sunrise) they have exact times (to the second) that they attempt to begin Shemonah Esrei at. In the olden days before these precise clocks ...
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Airplane Zmanim [duplicate]

If one is on an airplane, what zmanim does he follow? I see two feasible options: those of where he actually is, and those of the ground below where he is. Zmanim are affected by altitude as well as ...
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What time should Chanuka candles be lit in the Southern Hemisphere?

My prayer book says The Chanukah lights should be kindled as soon as possible after nightfall. I live in Melbourne, and due to the summer solstice and daylight saving, nightfall is very late (...
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Must I forsake my regular earlier minyan to pray around sunrise?

The ideal time for praying the morning service is to have the Amidah at sunrise. O Ch 89 (1) . The Mishnah Beruroh (1) there says that in the winter when one goes to synagogue early, one should still ...
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Starting mincha early

Since we are entering the winter (in the northern hemisphere) many people try to daven mincha at mincha gedolah. I have been told that waiting for a half hour after mid-day is a way of ensuring that ...
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Shabbat in Alaska? [duplicate]

How does that work? My husband wants to go to Alaska for at least a few weeks. He even dreams of living there some day. How is Shabbat celebrated in Alaska? Do they have any synagogues there? If so ...
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Where did the various opinions about tzeis begin?

As discussed here, here, here, and here, there are different opinions as to when one is allowed to break their fast and end Shabbos, ranging from 36 minutes (mine) to 42 minutes to 60 minutes to 72 ...
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End of Personal Fast?

When does one end their personal fast? At sunset? or do they wait until 3 stars come out like at the end of Shabbos?
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What is “Shtopp Zman”?

A prerecorded english language message of a local mikvah informs that the mikvah is open from an hour before Shtopp Zman (approximate phonetic spelling, as I do not know this phrase). The recording ...
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If Hell is paused on Shabbos, what time-zone do they pick?

This might seem as a naive question: If Hell is paused on Shabbos, what time-zone do they pick? Since there is a gate in Jerusalem, would it be it Israel time? If so Hell is not paused while Shabbos ...
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40 days at the Kotel

If someone is trying to pray 40 consecutive days at the Kotel, does beginning prayer one minute after sunset count for the day that's ending? For the day that's starting? Both? Neither?
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Is davening a “late” mincha in contradiction with counting an “early” sefira?

According to what Halichipedia states: According to most poskim, it is correct to wait until Tzet Hakochavim in order to count sefirat haomer; however, one fulfills his obligation by ...
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Davening schedule for someone with a night shift

The only way I can really convey what I'm asking here is to tell a [fictitious] story: Chaim Yankel is a late-hour delivery driver for a company. Since he works before daybreak, his schedule is much ...
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Saying Hallel Before Nightfall on the First Night of Pesach

In Shulchan Oruch Orach Chayim Siman 487 Sif 4 it is brought the minhag of saying Hallel in shul the first night of Pesach בליל ראשון של פסח גומרים את ההלל בצבור בנעימה בברכה תחלה וסוף ובן בליל ...
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Latest time for various parts of korbanot

During the week, I often say korbanot after davening, generally in the car driving to work (there's not enough time in the car on the way to shul, and this way I have an uninterrupted block of time). ...
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time of kriat shma change nowadays

The time of kriat shma is learned basically from the pasuk "בשכבך ובקומך", meaning the time people sleep and the time people wake up. 2000 years ago people acted according to the daylight. Nowadays ...
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What time does shabbat start medioraita ( so issur of doing melakha = torah prohibition)?

I believe that shabbat, per the torah, doesn't actually start at Shkia and that this convention is a gezera to avoid a makhloket of the real start time. What are there parameters of this discussion? ...