Minhah

Seph. /meen khah"/; Ashk. /min"kheuh/, n. Hebrew.
the daily Jewish religious service conducted in the afternoon.
Also, Minchah. Cf. Maariv, Shaharith.

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also spelled  Minha, Mincha, or Minchah,  Hebrew  Minḥa  

      (“offering”), in Judaism, the second of three periods of daily prayer. Minhah prayers are offered in the afternoon; to facilitate attendance at the synagogue, the afternoon service is often scheduled so that the evening prayers (maarib; (maarib) Hebrew: maʿariv) can follow as soon as night has fallen. The morning period of daily prayer is known as shaharith (Hebrew: shaḥarit).

      Minhah consists essentially of the statutory prayer called the amidah (Hebrew: ʿamida, “standing”). On the Sabbath and on fast days (including Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement), a portion of the Torah is read. The minhah service, the institution of which is traditionally ascribed to Isaac, is considered to be a substitute for the meal offering (Leviticus 2) made at dusk in the Temple of Jerusalem before its destruction in AD 70.

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