Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Post YK

Thought of a new Jewish trivia question: When is the only time that Mincha does not start with Ashrei (officially, as set in the siddur- as opposed to when you for whatever reason don't say Ashrei, but it's on the program)?

Answer: Mincha of Yom Kippur.

(If I get one comment I may share more about this.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please share more! Thank you! Haha.
I was actually wondering about this today.
It surprised me that we just jumped into Torah reading.

Also, I have never commented before (as far as I can recall) but I have been following you for a while on a blog reader and I really enjoy your posts.

September 24, 2015 at 12:44 AM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Sorry I didn't answer sooner. The Arscroll Machzor gives a technical explanation (that may not really apply today) that since Minchah comes right after Musaf we don't need to to introduce it as we normally do when we just say Shmoneh Esrei at Minchah. I was thinking that that doesn't apply today because many Shuls break and then come back for Minchah and it seems like we're going in cold, and we are.

My own thought is that maybe the rabbis wanted to have Ne'ilah stand out, to show it respect as it's should an intense and special prayer. So we make Mincha a little more incognito and low key for the sake of highlighting Ne'ilah.

October 9, 2015 at 1:32 PM  

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