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The Tzlach (Berachos 26a) asks on the Magen Avraham that one should be able to daven during the half hour after chatzos, mema nafshach. One should be able to daven then and have in mind that if it is not yet chatzos then his tefillah should be considered tefillas Shacharis. But if it is already after chatzos it should be considered a tefillas Minchah. Then after six and one half hours he should daven again, for if the first tefillah was tefillas Shacharis, now he is davening Minchah on time. And if the first tefillah was considered tefillas Minchah for it was already after chatzos, then the second tefillah that he is davening after six and one half hours should be considered tashlumin (a make up) for missing Shacharis.

However according to the opinion of the Rambam cited earlier, one may never daven Minchah before six and one half hours since the tamid shel bein ha’arbayim was never brought then. This question would only be applicable according to the opinions that one may daven Minchah from chatzos and on.


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Rabbi Fuchs learned in Yeshivas Toras Moshe, where he became a close talmid of Rav Michel Shurkin, shlit”a. While he was there he received semicha from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, shlit”a. He then learned in Mirrer Yeshiva in Brooklyn, and became a close talmid of Rav Shmuel Berenbaum, zt”l. Rabbi Fuchs received semicha from the Mirrer Yeshiva as well. After Rav Shmuel’s petira Rabbi Fuchs learned in Bais Hatalmud Kollel for six years. He is currently a Shoel Umaishiv in Yeshivas Beis Meir in Lakewood, and a Torah editor and weekly columnist at The Jewish Press.