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When?[1] After eating the large meal [discussed in the previous Halacha] one is to [recite Birchas Hamazon[2]] and Daven Mincha. The Seudas Hamafsekes is then eaten after Mincha.

Tachanun:[3] Tachanun is omitted during Mincha of Erev Tisha B’av being that Tisha B’av is called a “Moed” [Festival].



It is customary to eat a large meal prior to Davening Mincha on Erev Tisha B’av. After the meal, one Davens Mincha and then eats the Seudas Hamafsekes.



If one is unable to Daven Mincha with a Minyan after his set meal, prior to the Seudas Hamafsekes, what is he to do?

Is it better to Daven Mincha with a Minyan before the meal eaten prior to Seudas Hamafsekes or should one eat the set meal and then Daven Mincha privately prior to the Seudas Hamafsekes?

If one is eating the two meals close together, then he must Daven Mincha between the two meals.[4] Thus, in the above case, it is better to Daven privately between the two meals than to Daven with a Minyan before the first meal.[5] If, however, in any event there will be a large interval[6] between the two meals, then he may Daven Mincha with a Minyan prior to either meal.[7]


[1] Rama 552:9

[2] M”B 552:21; See Shaar HaTziyon 552:16

[3] Michaber 552:12; Vetzaruch Iyun why Admur in the Siddur does not list Mincha of Erev Tisha B’av as days that we omit Tachanun. [Siddur with Haaros Raskin p. 176]

[4] Shaar HaTziyon 552:16

The reason: As otherwise the second meal is considered a Bracha Sheiyno Tzricha. [ibid]

[5] Based on Shaar HaTziyon ibid

[6] Such as if he will be Davening Mincha Gedola and then eating the first meal, and then eat the second meal right before sunset then it is not considered a Bracha Sheiyno Tzricha even though he did not Daven Mincha in between the two meals. [Kaf Hachaim 552:47]

[7] Kaf Hachaim 552:47

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