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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Minha Gedola of the Sixth Millennium - When Is It? Today?

Well, yes, according to one way of looking at it.  I already mentioned that it fell out on 24 Tamuz according to Rav Fish.  That's today.

Minha Gedola is 20 5/6 years after Hatzot (Rosh Hashana 5761 5751). There are a couple ways of calculating five-sixths of the year:
1) Calculate regular year months:  Even though this year is a leap year, we go by the months of a regular year, so the 11th out of the 12th month begins at Rosh Hodesh Av.
2) Calculate days384 days this year.  Five-sixths of 384 = 320.  320 days from Rosh Hashana is today (24 Tamuz - July 26th).

According to this opinion, today should be the end of the exile.

As an aside, it is interesting to note that although the Shulhan Aruch prefers one to pray Minha Ketana over Minha Gedola, Rav Ovadia Yosef and his son write that it's better to pray Minha Gedola with a Minyan than to pray Minha Ketana without one:

ב מי שאינו משיג מנין לתפלת ''מנחה קטנה'' ויש לו מנין רק לתפלת מנחה גדולה, עדיף להתפלל לכתחלה מנחה גדולה, ובצבור, מאשר להתפלל מנחה קטנה ביחיד, וכן ראוי להורות. [ילקוט יוסף, ח''ג דיני ברהמ''ז וברכות עמוד תרלט. ירחון קול תורה חשון תשס''ד עמוד נז].

I saw elsewhere that even though we (especially Sepharadim) usually follow the Shulhan Aruch's opinion, the Minhag was to be lenient like the Zohar in Parshat Hayei Sarah, which allows one to pray at Minha Gedola.

May Hashem similarly be lenient upon us.


At Tue Jul 26, 01:56:00 PM 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yaak Shlita,
I thought Hatzot would be "noon", i.e the 18th hour of the day that starts at 6PM the previous evening. That would be 5750 if the 6th day started at 5701. (assuming we divide 5701-6000 by 24 hours).

At Tue Jul 26, 02:07:00 PM 2011, Blogger yaak said...

I corrected the post. Thanks.

At Tue Jul 26, 03:29:00 PM 2011, Blogger Devorah said...

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At Tue Jul 26, 10:27:00 PM 2011, Blogger duvid pesach said...

things are happening on my end. things ive never seen before. not sure how to view it though. stay tuned on this one.

At Wed Jul 27, 01:43:00 AM 2011, Blogger Israel Rising said...

People ar ewaiting for a big event today and that is not what is occurring. I am going to write a post on all of this soon, but today was clear that after market hours there will not be a deal in the USa. With a downgrade likely the West will begin to fall apart. The geulah begins with the klipah of Gog and Magog (New World Order) falling apart. When it falls the light of Moshiach will be felt through out the world. That either began last night or wil begin on Rosh Chodesh Av.


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