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Mincha on Erev Shabbos Chanukah - Before or After Lighting the Menora?
The Mishna Brura (OC 679:2) brings from the acharonim that you should daven mincha before lighting the Menora on Erev Shabbos. The Pri Migadim says the reason for davening first is that once you light the Menorah it is like the next day since it is already after Plag HaMincha. Most of the world does not do this. Why not? The Piskei Tsuvos says this is either because time does not allow it or because it is hard to organize a Minyan. He quotes the Siddur HaShelah that says to light first and then daven Mincha BiTzibur. From this he deduces that it is better to light before Mincha than to daven without a minyan before lighting the menora.
Disclaimer: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.
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