Stretching out prayer

By LEVI COOPER
May 16, 2018 18:47
4 minute read.
A man reads a prayer book outside, Reuters

A man reads a prayer book outside. (photo credit: SHANNON STAPLETON / REUTERS)

 The starting time for a “Jewish” day can be described by three stages of light: Alot Hashahar, Misheyakir, and Hanetz Hahama.

Alot Hashahar refers to dawn when light is first noticeable on the eastern horizon. This is the earliest possible time for fulfilling daytime obligations, such as performing mitzvot like hearing the shofar on Rosh Hashana or shaking the lulav on Sukkot.

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