web analytics
December 17, 2014 / 25 Kislev, 5775
 
At a Glance
Judaism
Sponsored Post
Knesset and Menorah Lawyers Called Upon to Use Their Legal Skills in Israel’s Defense

Learn about the up to the minute human rights and legal challenges facing Israel, while networking with other likeminded professionals and earning CLE credits in your jurisdictions – all at the same time



The Proper Times For Reciting Shema

The custom to recite Ma’ariv immediately following Minchah arose from the concern of some rabbis that some individuals who attended the Minchah prayer would not return to the synagogue after dark to recite Ma’ariv and would perhaps forget to recite the Shema in their homes altogether. Therefore, it would be better to recite the Shema early than not at all.

According to Tosafot, it is perfectly proper to recite the Shema in Ma’ariv immediately after Minchah even though it is still light. According to Rashi, even though it is appropriate to recite the Shema in Ma’ariv while it is still light, one should repeat at least the first paragraph at home when it is dark. For this purpose, it is sufficient to recite the first paragraph of the Shema before going to sleep as part of the bedtime prayers. According to the Mishneh Berurah, however, one must recite all three paragraphs of the Shema at home after dark.

Although according to the Torah the nighttime Shema may be recited until dawn because some people go to bed after midnight, the rabbis decreed that the evening Shema should be recited before midnight so as to avoid a situation where people will fall asleep and miss reciting the Shema.

In cases of emergency, however, the rabbis permit the recital of the Shema until dawn. In situations of dire emergency, such as when a person is sick, the evening Shema may even be recited after dawn and before sunrise provided it is not accompanied by the blessing of Hashkiveinu.

Raphael Grunfeld’s book, “Ner Eyal on Seder Moed” (distributed by Mesorah) is available at OU.org and your local Jewish bookstore.

He can be contacted at rafegrunfeld@gmail.com.

About the Author: Raphael Grunfeld’s book, “Ner Eyal on Seder Moed” (distributed by Mesorah) is available at OU.org and your local Jewish bookstore. His new book, “Ner Eyal on Seder Nashim & Nezikin,” will be available shortly.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “The Proper Times For Reciting Shema”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman.
Israel’s FM Liberman Declines Swedish Meeting Request Over PA Recognition
Latest Judaism Stories
Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich

“Can you hear what the dead are whispering? Leave Galut, escape to Eretz Israel-Lech lecha!”

Ancient stone with "House of David" inscription.

The ‘homely’ ancient rock, discovered in 1993, adds evidence of King David’s existence.

Chanukah is the holiday of liberty, combining The Book (faith and dedication to God) and the sword

Yehuda knew if the moment isn’t right or men are unwilling to listen a skilled leader bides his time

This is a recurring theme in this week’s parsha, in which there are many mistakes made based on perception.

“A person should sell even the beams of his own house in order to buy shoes.”

“I do not owe anything,” Mr. Feder replied. “However, if I must come – I will.”

If Hashem is watching tzaddikim, why couldn’t He just save Yosef from all the suffering he was about to endure?

Jacob was well aware that the brothers hated Joseph, yet he sent him to them anyway.

No Fault Lines
‘…His Father And Mother Were In Prison…’
(Yevamos 71b)

The child of a Jewish mother from a union with a non-Jewish father is not a mamzer.

Question: If Abraham was commanded to circumcise his descendants on the eighth day, why do Arabs – who claim to descend from Abraham through Yishmael – wait until their children are 13 to circumcise them? I am aware that this is a matter of little consequence to our people. Nevertheless, this inconsistency is one that piques my curiosity.
M. Goldman
(Via E-mail)

And so it was that both those women whose lives had been saved in Yerushalayim only about a month earlier, were now in a Manhattan hospital with the woman who inadvertently had helped save their lives.

More Articles from Raphael Grunfeld
Grunfeld-Raphael-logo

The child of a Jewish mother from a union with a non-Jewish father is not a mamzer.

Grunfeld-Raphael-NEW

Although the conversion ceremony involves more than circumcision and immersion, these are the two essential requirements, without which the conversion is ineffective.

If a man dies childless, the Torah commands the deceased’s brother to marry his brother’s widow in a ceremony known as yibum, or to perform a special form of divorce ceremony with her known as chalitzah.

What if, at the moment of the late brother’s death, the surviving brother cannot effect yibum because the widow is a niddah?

The Torah lists twenty-one close relatives a man may not marry.

In the same way as a married woman is precluded from marrying another man without a get, so too is this widow prohibited from marrying another man without chalitzah.

Should we sit in the sukkah on a day that may be the eighth day when we are not commanded to sit in the sukkah at all?

We are told that after returning home from Ne’ilah and breaking our fast, the first activity we should engage in is building a sukkah.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/judaism/halacha-hashkafa/the-proper-times-for-reciting-shema/2012/08/01/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: