Mincha: The Jewish Afternoon Prayer

Mincha or the Jewish afternoon prayer is the shortest prayer of the day usually said before sunset. Prayers of Mincha include:

  • Ashrei
  • Uva Letzion (during Shabbat and Yom Tov)
  • Amidah
  • Torah reading (during Shabbat and public fast days)
  • Aleinu
  • Tachanun (excluded during Shabbat, Yom Tov and certain festive days)
  • Tzidkatcha Tzedek (during Shabbat)

Since Mincha is recited in the middle of the day when people are still working, Mincha groups have been created in many workplaces where Jews are present during the day. Mincha can be recited half an hour after Halachic noontime. The prayer should be completed before nightfall.

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