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Running on Jewish Time

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Mincha Time

If Shacharit is for the bright new dawns in our lives.
and Ma'ariv for the pitch black nights,
then Mincha is for the moments of stablity, crumbling at the edges.

Most of our life is spent in mincha-time, done much, so much more to do.

Do you really think you manage all on your own?


  • I just heard a vort similar to what you wrote this past shabbos. Yitzchak was lasucach basadeh, he was in the fields, and he was coming back from composing Mincha. Eliyahu hanvi was answered by Mincha. It is easy to daven shachris, before the day begins, or marriv when you want to forget the day, but Mincha which is in the heat of the day is hard to find time and to concentrate.

    By Blogger EN, at 6:23 PM, November 27, 2005  

  • en,

    you took the words right out of my mouth. that's the beauty of mincha. stopping whatever we are in the middle of during the day to pay homage to our creator.

    By Blogger A Frum Idealist, at 7:08 PM, November 27, 2005  

  • Not just in terms of strict times of day, but also in terms of periods in our lives.

    There are moments of rapture and moments of dispair, but the vast bulk of our lives in spent in mincha-time.

    By Blogger Masmida, at 7:54 PM, November 27, 2005  

  • and yet Minchah is probably the shortest Tefillah.

    By Blogger Pragmatician, at 11:30 AM, November 28, 2005  

  • Prag,
    Perhaps, Mincha is the shortest tefilla because of its time slot. Hashem in his infinite wisdom knew that it would be difficult for us, and therefore gave the Anshei Knesses Hagedola, who composed the nusach hatefilla, the ruach hakodesh to make it the shortest tefilla. We don't need to pray for a long period of time, but the fact that we interrupt what we are doing to make time for Hashem, that's all that's needed.

    By Blogger A Frum Idealist, at 8:07 PM, November 28, 2005  

  • there are two approaches to davening:

    take it slow and savor it because it is valuable time
    get focused and the Move! through it quickly before you get distracted.

    as AFI says mincha seems to be designed with the latter intention in mind

    By Blogger Masmida, at 10:31 PM, November 28, 2005  

  • masmida,
    That wasn't my point. We have a concept of tircha ditzibura that we try and avoid at all costs. I think that a long mincha when people are in the middle of the work day would fall under that category. The purpose of tefilla is praising Hashem, and in this case, I believe that Hashem is praised based on the fact that we stop whatever we are doing to pray to him, even though it may be short.

    By Blogger A Frum Idealist, at 10:48 AM, November 29, 2005  

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