Wednesday, March 21, 2012
A night out
With my daughter home on Spring break from college, I had the bright idea of taking her out to see a play. I bought the tickets, an 8:00 p.m. performance just south of Midtown Manhattan. I felt good to be able to treat her and spend some time together. Then I remembered. Oops, I need to say Kaddish, and with the clock change, Mincha at my local shul began at 6:50. I was almost resigned to missing the first Act when I realized I could try to find a minyan close to the theater. A Google search and a phone call to the Rabbi at the 16th Street Synagogue turned up a 5:50 Mincha/Ma'ariv minyan. (A word of advise: don't just rely on the Internet; always contact the shul before showing up to make sure a minyan really exists.) I didn't realize the afternoon service could begin so early. The earlier time is called Plag Ha'mincha. Plag is an hour and a quarter before sunset; if Mincha is said before that time, then Ma'ariv following on the heels of Mincha can be recited immediately thereafter just after Plag. see http://www.ou.org/torah/tt/5759/tazria_mtzora59/featuretidbit.htm And so I was able to daven, say Kaddish and see the entire play which I greatly enjoyed. The lesson: living and saying Kaddish regularly is not without its complications.