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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, one ...


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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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[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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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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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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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 understands that practically the tamid was always offered before plag hamincha, because they needed time for the ketoret, nesachim etc. afterwards. However, bedi'...


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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 have brought the korban in the morning so he wouldn't have needed to daven for two things ("aneini, aneini" for the fire itself and so the nations wouldn't say ...


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The first Lubavitcher Rebbe says one can be lenient to pray Mincha during Bein Hashmoshos (twilight) which in Russia during the equinoxes it's about 30 minutes after sunset). see here http://chabadlibrary.org/books/adhaz/piskey/17.htm (2nd to last paragraph)


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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. שלושת הפסוקים שאומרים במנחה בשבת, which begin with the three words צדקתך, וצדקתך, צדקתך


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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 until there was a silent Tefillah, and if no one starts with the Chazan, it is as if the tefiliah begins out loud. This is the way the Kaf HaChaim holds. The ...


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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 implies that the concept of "tefillat ha-tzibbur" relates not to the silent tefillah of individuals praying simultaneously, but to the prayer of the sheliach ...


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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 fast day allows one to increase the amount of time in a day that Tefillin is worn. 3) Wearing Tefillin focuses concentration during prayer.


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@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 a reference to both of these aspects. I haven't yet read the full original source to understand why both ideas need to be included and why this is done during ...


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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 בַּהֵיכָל וְנִשְׂרַף עַד שְׁקִיעַת הַחַמָּה בְּיוֹם עֲשִׂירִי In the Shulchan Aruch 555 the Mishna Berura explains in the name of the Vilna Gaon that the reason we ...


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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 even Mincha Gedola is perfectly acceptable, if not ideal because of taking the first opportunity to do a Mitzva ("Zerizin Makdimin") or if you will be busy later ...


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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" and "joy". This type of tune is inappropriate when reading about illicit marriages that people should avoid. (I will add in, B"N, as to why this section is read ...


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