# When’s Mincha?

We are told in parsha Eikev (Devarim 10:20) “Him you shall serve”.  This is the commandment that requires us to pray to Hashem. A standard hour (SH) that we normally use is 60 minutes long. A halachic hour (HH) is 1/12 of the time between the start of the day and the end. On a day where there is an equal length of day and night each halachic hour would be 60 minutes, but it is a different length all other days. (Berachos 26b)

If a day begins at 6:50am and ends at 7:02pm how long is each HH between 6:50am and 7:02pm?

6:50am to 7:02pm = 12 hours and 12 minutes in SH

12 hours x 60 minutes = 720 minutes, 720 minutes + 12 minutes = 732 minutes

732 / 12 = 61 minutes per HH.

There are two time slots which are discussed during which one can daven Mincha. One is a larger time slot and one is a smaller time slot. The larger time slot starts 6.5 halachic hours (HH) into the day and ends at the end of the day. The smaller time slot begins 9.5 halachic hours (HH) into the day and ends at the end of the day.

What are the times for the long and short periods for Mincha if a day begins at 6:50am and ends at 7:02pm?

Long Mincha

How many minutes in 6.5 HH?

6.5 HH x 61 minutes = 396.5 minutes

396.5 / 60 = 6 hours and 36.5 minutes

6 hours and 36.5 minutes after 6:50am is 1:26:30pm

The long Mincha is from 1:26:30pm to 7:02pm

Short Mincha

How many minutes in 9.5 HH?

9.5 HH x 61 minutes = 579.5 minutes

579.5 / 60 = 9 hours and 39.5 minutes

9 hours and 39.5 minutes after 6:50am is 4:29:30pm

The short Mincha is from 4:29:30pm to 7:02pm

The opinion of Rebbe Yehudah in the Gemara is that Mincha can only be said until Plag HaMincha.   Plag HaMincha is the midpoint between the beginning and the end of the short Mincha.

If a day begins at 6:50am and ends at 7:02pm when can you daven Mincha according to Reb Yehudah?

The short Mincha is from 4:29:30pm to 7:02pm

4:29:30pm to 7:02pm = 2 hours 32.5 minutes = 152.5 minutes

152.5 / 2 = 75.25 minutes

4:29:30pm + 72.25 minutes = 5:41:45pm

A standard hour (SH) that we normally use is 60 minutes long. A halachic hour (HH) is 1/12 of the time between the start of the day and the end. On a day where there is an equal length of day and night each halachic hour would be 60 minutes, but it is a different length all other days. (Berachos 26b)

Assuming you are in Anchorage Alaska in May and the If a day begins at 5:24am and ends at 10:24 pm how long is each HH between 5:24am and 10:24pm?

5:24am to 10:24pm= 18(SH) hours

18(SH) hours x 60 minutes = 1,080 minutes

1080 / 12 = 90 minutes per HH.

There are two time slots which are discussed during which one can daven Mincha. One is a larger time slot and one is a smaller time slot. The larger time slot starts 6.5 halachic hours (HH) into the day and ends at the end of the day. The smaller time slot begins 9.5 halachic hours (HH) into the day and ends at the end of the day.

What are the times for the long and short periods for Mincha if a day begins at 5:24am and ends at 10:24 pm?

Long Mincha

How many minutes in 6.5 HH?

6.5 HH x 90 minutes = 585 minutes

585 / 60 = 9.75 hours

9.75 after 5:24am is 3:09pm

The long Mincha is from 3:09pm to 10:24pm

Short Mincha

How many minutes in 9.5 HH?

9.5 HH x 90 minutes = 855 minutes

855 / 60 = 14.25 hours

14.25 hours after 5:24am is 7:39pm

The short Mincha is from 7:39pm to 10:24pm

The opinion of Rebbe Yehudah in the Gemara is that Mincha can only be said until Plag HaMincha.   Plag HaMincha is the midpoint between the beginning and the end of the short Mincha.

If a day begins at 5:24am and ends at 10:24 pm when can you daven Mincha according to Reb Yehudah?

The short Mincha is from 7:39pm to 10:24pm

7:39pm to 10:24pm= 2 hours 45 minutes = 165 minutes

165/ 2 = 87.5 minutes

7:39pm + 87.5 minutes = 9:06:30 pm

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