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A rabbi asked me to light candles before weekday Mincha/Ma'ariv. Is this customary? Is there a bracha?

Many synagogues - mainly Orthodox, not specifically Hassidic, light two candles in front of the Chazzan's (cantor's) table. The candles are on during the duration of the prayers and extinguished ...
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Why do we leyn before mincha but after shacharis?

This question was asked on kipa.co.il. The answer given by R. Ronen Lebovitz was: וזאת משום שבשחרית יש לסמוך את קריאת שמע לעמידה, ולכן קריאת התורה באה רק לאחר העמידה. טעם נוסף הוא שהתפילות תוקנו ...
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Why don't we say "Ashrei" for Mincha of Yom Kippur?

Actually there is a debate in Orach Chayim 622:1 between the Sefardi and the Ashkenazi practice (as pointed out by DoubleAA in comment): למנחה אומר אשרי ובא לציון ואין אומרים ואני תפלתי אפילו אם חל ...
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A rabbi asked me to light candles before weekday Mincha/Ma'ariv. Is this customary? Is there a bracha?

Many chasidim light candles on the yahrtzeits of important figures in chasidic history. One of the more widely-practiced ones (in the US) is to light a candle on the Yahrtzeit of R' Mendel of Riminov, ...
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In an average shul, how long before sunset does a combined weekday Mincha/Maariv service start?

The proprietors of goDaven were kind enough to supply me, for the purposes of answering this question, with their table of 5,960 mincha and/or maariv services. I used a Perl script to extract 1,046 ...
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Why is the afternoon prayer called minchah?

Tosafot on Pesachim 107a explain that it refers to the menachot offered up in the afternoon (minchat tamid and minchat chavitin). Although these menachot were offered up in the morning as well, we ...
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Can a mistaken extra Mincha count for Ma'ariv?

Mishchas Shemen volume 2:123 asks this exact question. He concludes that he has to Daven Maariv again.
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Wearing tefillin during mincha, would someone get a mitzvah for it?

The Shulchan Arukh (OC 37:2, echoing the Tur ibid.) writes: מצותן להיות עליו כל היום אבל מפני שצריכים גוף נקי שלא יפיח בהם ושלא יסיח דעתו מהם ואין כל אדם יכול ליזהר בהם נהגו שלא להניחם כל היום ומכל ...
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Mincha torah reading before a chag

Shulchan Arukh OC 292:1 במנחה אומרים אשרי ובא לציון ואני תפלתי וגו' ומוציאין ספר תורה וקורין ג' אנשים י' פסוקים מפרשה הבאה ואפילו חל יום טוב להיות בשבת קורין בפרשה הבאה ולא בשל יום טוב. At Mincha ...
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Why are mincha gedola and ketana named that?

Mincha Gedola is three hours long thus it is the big Mincha. Mincha Ketana is 2 1/2 hours long thus it is the small Mincha. Regarding Plag Hamincha it is the time in between Mincha Ketana and Shekiya, ...
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Tachanun on 'erev Yom Ha'Atzmaut'

[Collected from the writings of Ha-Rav Aviner] Tachanun on Erev Yom Ha-Atzmaut It is proper to recite Tachanun at Minchah of Erev Yom Ha-Atzamaut, as the Chief Rabbinate of Israel has decreed this ...
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When is the latest time you can daven minchah bedieved?

From: http://www.torah.org/advanced/weekly-halacha/5757/chaysara.html One should be extremely careful to finish davening Mincha by Shkiah, sunset, since many early Poskim (12) hold that it is ...
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A rabbi asked me to light candles before weekday Mincha/Ma'ariv. Is this customary? Is there a bracha?

I agree with DanF's answer above. This has nothing to do with yahrzeit candles. If someone has a yahrzeit they should light a 24 hour candle to help remind him to think about the special qualities of ...
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Mincha ketana vs just before shekia

Aruch HaShulchan Orach Chaim 233:7 writes that ideally, one ought to pray mincha between mincha ketana (9:30) and plag hamincha (10:45). This is based on Rambam Hilchot Tefilla 3:4. Aruch HaShulchan ...
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Does it count as "praying with a minyan" you are saying a different service?

The Minchas Yitzchak (2:132) brings the Magen Avraham in Orach Chayim 90:17 and 235:2 with an understanding that not only isn't it considered תפילה בציבור but it is not even considered בשעה שהציבור ...
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mincha during a meal

The Maharam Chalawa in the 10th chapter of Pesachim discusses this. He says that even if it were coming down to the end of zman Mincha and you had to stop to daven, it would still not be a hefsek. ...
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What does צו״צ stand for?

From this Hebrew site explaining abbreviations and acronyms in Hebrew. צו״צ means צדקתך וצדקתך צדקתך This Chabad site explains that צו״צ stands for the three posukim said on Shabbos mincha. ...
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What's the best way to learn how to lead mincha?

I had the same question years ago. I have used http://virtualcantor.com/ I liked the versatility of the site. But also its clarify for newcomers. I did not know the structure of the tefilla and ...
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Contradiction between Beit Yosef and the Shulchan Aruch in O.C. תקנז

The Beit Yosef doesn't say to say it only at מנחה. He brings opinions on both sides and doesn't state his own opinion. I think this might have caused the confusion: When he says ושפשט המנהג כדברי ...
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Eliyahu was answered as soon as he prayed. How does that prove the importance of mincha over other prayers?

The Gra, in the 5th aliyah of Parshas Pinchas which discusses the korban tamid, asks your questions as well. The Gaon explains how kishuf doesn't work until after shacharis time. Since Eliyahu should ...
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Is there a basis for the practice of starting Shmoneh Esreh with the chazzan?

Kaf HaChaim 124:10 brings several opinions that one should start with the Shlicha Tzibbur (against the Rama). He primarily relies on the Arizal to explain this, that Chazaras HaShatz can't happen ...
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Is there a basis for the practice of starting Shmoneh Esreh with the chazzan?

It seems that the basis for this practice is the view of the Rambam in Hilchot Tefillah 8:4: וכיצד היא תפלת הציבור יהיה אחד מתפלל בקול רם והכל שומעים. As already noted by Divrei Yirmiyahu, the Rambam ...
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Tefillin at mincha on fast days

Rabbi Maroof attributes this to the Beis Yosef (he doesn't give an exact citation). He lists three reasons why. 1) To help reach 100 blessings for the day. 2) Increased spiritual awareness on a ...
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A grammatical question about Shabbes davening

@DoubleAA alluded to Aruch Hashulchan. Indeed, p. 3 of this article cites Aruch Hashulchan 268:14 explaining the reasons of the feminine and masculine aspects of Shabbat. In Mincha, the uses of בם is ...
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Tefillin at chatzos on Tisha BAv

The Shulchan Aruch (558:1) mentions that the Beth HaMikdash was set on fire towards the evening of the 9th and burnt until sunset the next day. א בְּתִשְׁעָה בְּאָב לְעֵת עֶרֶב הִצִּיתוּ אֵשׁ ...
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Why dont we copy Yitzchak when praying Mincha

Rambam (Tefillah 3:2-4) and Shulchan Arukh (OC 233:1) indeed rule that Mincha Ketana is preferable to Mincha Gedola. Others (Rashi, Rosh, Tur, Gra (see Beit Yosef and Gra ibid.)) disagree and think ...
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Why not use the Yamim Nora’im tune when reading the Torah at Yom Kippur mincha?

I've heard two answers from a respectable rabbi, zt"l. Even after death, I'd rather keep his name and location anonymous. One answer I heard is that the High Holiday tune has a "mode" of "royalty" ...
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Is it better to daven a"tartei desasrei" mincha/maariv with a minyan or in the correct time without a minyan?

In 233 he is talking about those communities which always pray mincha and ma’ariv together after plag, because they cannot gather a minyan otherwise. In 267 he’s talking about a community which ...
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No tachanun after shkiah?

(Sources here.) Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 131:3) writes: ‏אין נפילת אפים בלילה...: There is no "Nefilat Apayim" [what we consider to be "Tachanun"] at night... Mishnah Berurah ...
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Saying Shir Shel Yom at Mincha

The Mishna berura 132:16 explains that by Mincha it sometimes went into the night and they did not say the Shir: שחרית לבד - אף דבמקדש היו אומרים שירה על נסכי היין גם על תמיד של בין הערבים אכן מפני ...
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