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28. Chapter 8m: Jewish Geography: Shabbos Day Menucha / Mincha, Shalosh Seudos and Maariv

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          Shabbos Day Menucha

          Once the second meal is concluded, Shabbos afternoon is dedicated to a concept called "menucha", loosely translated as rest.  There are a number of activities consistent with this theme: napping, studying, talking, taking a walk - all of which can be enjoyed on Shabbos afternoon.  During this time one can really appreciate the sense of peace Shabbos creates.  It's the time when nothing is scheduled and a Jew relaxes and uses for pursuits the hectic, pressured weekdays don't permit.  This sense of calm and isolation from the intrusions of the world can seem a bit disarming to the novice and may take some getting used to.  Since we generally live in a fast paced world that bombards our senses, Shabbos menucha can be a very drastic and, perhaps at first, uncomfortable change of pace.  Don't let that discourage you however, there isn't an observant Jew who doesn't enjoy and look forward to Shabbos menucha.  Most Jews develop a kind of Shabbos biological clock, which adapts readily to heavy meals, afternoon naps, and early bedtimes.


          Mincha, Shalosh Seudos and Maariv

          About an hour or so before sunset, the pace of Shabbos is stepped up a little as the day starts to draw to a close.

          At this time men return to shul for the Mincha (afternoon) service.  It is a relatively short service and includes a preview of the Torah reading for the coming week.

          The third meal called Shalosh Seudos (or Seudah Shlishit) generally follows mincha.  It is usually a light meal, intended more to fulfill the mitzvah of eating three meals on Shabbos than satiating any hunger.  Shalosh seudos is often partaken of in the Shul (synagogue), although many people prefer to return home.  There is no kiddush, but one does ritually wash and says hamotzi over the challah.  The Birkat HaMazon is said just as Shabbos is ending and is followed immediately by Maariv (the evening service) that marks the end of Shabbos.

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