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What is Minchah?

by Rabbi Mendy Hecht

  

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A. Minchah is the daily afternoon Tefillah, the second of the three recited daily. The Hebrew word Minchah stems from the word menuchah - rest, signifying when the sun is beginning to rest, i.e afternoon. Since we don't have the Holy Temple, Minchah replaces the closing sacrifice of the day, brought every afternoon in the Temple.


B. Because most folks are working in the afternoon, Minchah is short, so those working folks can save time.

C. The patriarch Isaac, who took time out from his busy day to ponder G-d while walking the fields, founded the concept of afternoon connection and taught his descendants to do likewise.


The patriarch Isaac, who took time out from his busy day to ponder G-d while walking the fields, founded the concept of afternoon connection...
How do I do Minchah?

1. Get Your Equipment

Connecting to G-d through Minchah consists of nothing more than a Minyan, a Siddur and about ten minutes. If you'll be doing Minchah without a minyan, you can do it in as little as five.

2. Get Ready

Open your siddur to the pages containing the korbanot text, which describe the sacrifices brought daily in the Temple. These remind of us why we have tefillah. Recite "korbanot," as they're traditionally referred to, then turn to the page where the actual Minchah service begins.

3. Tefillah Express

All three Tefillot revolve around the Amidah, and Minchah is no exception. Because of time constraints, Minchah actually only consists of three sections: the Amidah, preceded by the recitation of Psalm 145 (a.k.a. Ashrei), and followed by the Tachanun and aleinu prayers. Your recitation of these three shouldn't take more than ten minutes, and bingo! You're done.

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Sections of the prayers involving confession and asking for forgiveness. Tachanun is omitted from the prayers on the festive days of the Jewish calendar.
Amidah
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Prayer book.
Minchah
Afternoon prayer service. One of the three prayers a Jew is obligated to pray every day.
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