Wednesday, March 17, 2010

No catch-up time during Nissan

"Not that I would know, since I'm always in the middle of the Amidah at the time, but did we skip Tachanun today?"

"It's Nissan. There's no Tachanun during Nissan."

"Oh, yeah! I always forget. Thanks for reminding me!"

So for the entire month of Nissan, I won't have time during the Tachanun prayer to catch up and finish the Amidah prayer. Eek! By the time I finished the Amidah this morning, the rest of the minyan was halfway through the Aleinu prayer!

The irony is that Tachanun is not one of my favorite prayers, and, when davvening (praying) alone, I'm always happy to have an excuse to skip it.


Blogger Larry Lennhoff said...

For some reason Tachanun seems to be a prayer that its ok to hate. My Hassidish friends come up with the most obscure reasons to skip it (Yarhtzeit's, mostly). One non-hasidic rabbi described this dispprovingly by saying "We used to avoid saying Tachanun on occasions of rejoicing, now we rejoice when we don't say tachanun."

Wed Mar 17, 11:52:00 AM 2010  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...


Wed Mar 17, 01:32:00 PM 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, Hassidim never say tachanun at mincha.

Thu Mar 18, 10:00:00 AM 2010  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Neither do I, and I don't even have being a Chassid (Chassidit?) as an excuse. :)

Thu Mar 18, 01:16:00 PM 2010  

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