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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 afterwards. (Some places use electric "candles"; others use wax. I prefer the wax, though it is a bit more dangerous, smelly, and messy.) It has nothing to do with ...


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Minhag Yisroel Torah Orach Chaim 292:6 "the Minhag is that on Shabbos at the time of Mincha not to wish your friends Shabbos Shalom since it is the time of the passing of Moshe Rabeinu". Nitei Gavriel Hilchos Yom Tov 2 Page 389:10 mentions in the name of Sefer Minhagei Yeshurin Os 80 and Sefer Matamim, since the passing of Moshe Rabeinu, Yosef HaTzadik, and ...


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According to Halacha you are not supposed to have a break between Geula and Tefila by Shacharis and Maariv. However by Mincha there is no problem of having a break, therefore we can say this extra Posuk. You may ask then isn't אֲדנָי שפָתַי תִּפְתָּח וּפִי יַגִּיד תְּהִלָּתֶךָ a break. The Gemara in Brachos 4b asks this question and answers אלא התם כיון ...


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YU Torah online has a good summary. The subject is disputed by the Vilna Gaon and Rabbeinu Tam. The first allows only up till sunset; the second up to when the stars appear. Mishna Berurah 233:14, limits the leniency to recite Mincha until tzeit hakochavim. He cites the opinion of P'ri Megadim, Eshel Avraham 233:7, who rules that one cannot ...


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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 להיות בשבת:‏ הגה: ואין אנו נוהגין לומר אשרי ובא לציון קודם מנחה רק קודם נעילה וכן כתבו קצת רבוותא (מרדכי והגהות מיימוני סוף ספר אהבה וסוף הלכות יום ...


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Mishna Berura 573:8 mentions that a Chasan should say Viduy on the day of the wedding. There is no mention that it has to be at Mincha. Most likely the Minhag of saying it at Mincha was done practically as most weddings are after the time of Mincha. However it can be done anytime in the day. http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/475826/jewish/Day-of-...


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As @GershonGold mentioned in his answer, Mincha time of Shabbat is associated with the passing of Moshe, Yosef, and David. One of the ways we commemorate it is by not greeting someone by wishing them a Good Shabbat at Mincha time. [The Mishna Berurah S"K 6 on Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 292:2) tells us that this is why we say Tzidkatcha after the Amidah in ...


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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 where weekday mincha both preceded maariv and was listed as a certain number of minutes before sunset, p'lag, tzes, or candle-lighting time. Because some times ...


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Check out the Rif (not the halachic commentary) on the Ein Yaakov. He asks this question and brings several answers. One of the answers he gives is that Eliyahu may not have deserved to be answered at all, since he was offering a sacrifice outside of the Beit Hamikdash (even though it was permitted to him, it still was slightly connected to a sin - See ...


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Justifications for Minhag Sfard: The Tur (OC 292) brings both customs, and writes that the Nusach Sefard is the correct one, as the verses follow the same order which they appear in Tehillim. According to the Zohar (Parshas Terumah 156a), the three verses correspond to three Tzadikim who passed away on Shabbos afternoon - Yosef Hatzadik, Moshe Rabeiynu and ...


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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, which is the night after Lag Ba'omer. Chasidish shuls or shuls with lots of chasidim tend to leave out candles for people to light in the shul. I've even ...


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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 have the name shacharit available for the morning prayer, so we reserve the name minchah for the afternoon prayer. [I have to confess that I don't really ...


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The Mishna Berura rules that one should not start mincha if they will not finish Shemoneh Esreh before shkia (sunset), but many rely on Rabenu Tam's time and daven considerably later. I was told by my rav to omit tachanun if davening later than allowed by the M"B. Shachris can technically be davened until chatzos (halachic midday) but it really ought to be ...


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Mishchas Shemen volume 2:123 asks this exact question. He concludes that he has to Daven Maariv again.


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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 מקום צריך כל אדם ליזהר בהם להיותם עליו בשעת קריאת שמע ותפלה:‏ The commandment is to have [the Tefillin] on all day, but because they a clean body that he ...


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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 one recites Ashrei ... and takes out a Torah scroll and three people read 10 verses (in total) from the next Parsha, and even if a holiday falls On Shabbat, ...


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Yoel's answer describes until when one can pray. I'll just add that if one missed the right time due to circumstances beyond his control then he can usually make up the missed amida (sh'mone esre) by reciting an extra amida after his next one; e.g., if he missed mincha he can say two amidos at maariv. (This does not apply to a missed musaf (and I'm not sure ...


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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 forbidden to daven Mincha after that time (13). It is better to daven on time without a Minyan than to daven after the proper time with a Minyan (14). B'dieved, ...


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This very question is dealt with in chapter 43 of the second volume of אלה הם מועדי by Rabbi Eliyahu Schlesinger of Gilo, Jerusalem. He cites Shlomo Zalman Auerbach who holds that one does recite Al HaNisim in Mincha after lighting the Menorah. (See הליכות שלמה- מועדים,יז:ז) He explains that despite that it's still the 24th of Kislev; it's considered ...


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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 the person who passed away, doing Mitzvos and/or learning Torah in his/her memory, and normally it is lit at home where one spends time and will notice the ...


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There are basically five schools of thought when approaching the issue of birkot keriat shema post-plag and pre-nightfall (assuming it is not tarti desatri which has, ummm, fewer) because it seems odd to say brachot on shema when you are seemingly not fulfilling the mitzva. They are: Rav Hai Gaon (quoted in Tur OC 235 and Rosh Brachot 1:1 and more): Daven ...


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According to Sefer HaKushyos and other sources the reason is because the Torah is read by Shabbos Mincha. Although, this answer still requires further clarification. See https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B1NJHmIXg4QJZEQ2Rk04MkJUN3loRHN6Z1RWX3pQQQ Although regular Nusach Ashkenaz doesn't do this, the Vilna Gaon was of the opinion to do so which is why the ...


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The Kol Bo Siman 40 and Rokeach Siman 362 say that we do not say Uva Letziyon by Shacharis on Shabbos due to the elderly people, pregnant woman, and expecting mothers that are there as we do not want to make them wait that much longer to eat. Therefore we say it instead at Mincha. Regarding saying it on Motzei shabbos the Rokeach says it has to do with the ...


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Taamei HaMinhagim, entry 128, says that we do not say Tachanun on the eve of Shabbat or Yom Tov (and other eves), as a reminder to pray the special prayers in that evening's prayers, or at least as a reminder that the special day that starts that evening.


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http://www.mevaseret.org/mmy/searchshiurim.php?shiur=391 If the Pidyon Haben and its festive meal will take place immediately after davening, Tachanun is not recited (Ishai Yisrael 25:26 quoting Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach). However the Mishnas Yehoshua brings in the name of the Sova Semochos that you do say Tachanun at a Pidyon HaBen


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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. This is codified by the Shulchan Aruch O.C. 178:6 מי שנזכר בתוך הסעודה שלא התפלל ועמד והתפלל אפילו אם אין שהות לגמור סעודתו ולהתפלל שחייב להפסיק ואי אפשר לו ...


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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, which is half of the time of the Mincha remaining. It does not mean the half time between the two Minchas as there is no Halachic significance to that time. ...


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[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 day "Remembrance Day for the Fallen Soldiers of Tzahal," which is a day of mourning.[1] [1]Iturei Cohanim #97, Shut She'eilat Shlomo 3:147, Sichot Ha-Rav Tzvi ...


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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 therefore the way portions were broken up in a list of clearly named sound files really helped. I even found it to be useful in teaching me the amidah for davening ...


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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 רבינו סעדיה, he is quoting from the רד"א, and not saying that his own opinion is to say נחם only at מנחה. You can see the language here (highlighting the part where ...


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