Josh (desh) wrote,
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0. Should you wear a tallit for mincha of a minor fast day? If so, why? (Easier than the rest of the questions; I'm just not sure of the answer. I don't think I've ever been to shul for such a mincha.)

1. Should you wear a tallit when leading mincha or ma'ariv on an ordinary weekday/Shabbat? Why or why not? And is the answer/reasoning different for mincha than for ma'ariv?

2. If the answer to question 1 is "yes", and you are wearing a tallit when leading mincha or ma'ariv, should you say the bracha before putting on the tallit? Why or why not? Does the answer change if you did not daven shacharit and did not previously wear a tallit that day?

3. I've heard of an answer to question 2 that involves deliberately wearing someone else's tallit. So speaking more generally, should you say a bracha before putting on someone else's tallit (such as if it's shacharit and you don't have your tallit around)? What about putting on a communal tallit belonging to a shul you're a member of? What about putting on a communal tallit belonging to a shul you're not a member of? Why or why not?

4. If you are wearing a tallit at mincha or ma'ariv not because of leading services, but rather because the torah is being read (Shabbat afternoon or simchat torah) and you have a custom of wearing a tallit for certain torah honors, should you say the bracha before putting on the tallit? Why or why not? Does the answer change if you did not daven shacharit and did not previously wear a tallit that day?

5. Should you say the bracha when putting on your tallit for kol nidre? Yom Kippur shacharit? Yom Kippur mincha? Why or why not?

6. If everyone has a neshama yeterah for Shabbat, why can't you make a minyan with 5 people?
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