Monday, December 27, 2010

The latest time for the morning Shema


The morning recitation of Shema must take place before one quarter of the day has elapsed. That one-quarter is measured either by quartering the time between sunrise and sunset (position of the Vilna Gaon) or by quartering the time between first light and the emergence of the stars (position of the Magen Avraham, which yields a significantly earlier time).

One who misses that time should still recite Shema; if nothing else, he will have recited verses of Torah, and that act has its own merit.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 58:6, 70:1; Mishneh Berurah 70:2)

Have a great day,

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