Earliest time for afternoon bedikah
15 December, 2008
I am currently running an incredibly tight schedule, needing to be in clinics seeing patients from 2-4pm very often, and as I am a student don't get the opportunity to excuse myself to do bedikot; it is proving very difficult to find a minute to slip out. I am very careful to always do my morning bedikah and have until now managed to get out for a couple of minutes somehow but it hasn't been easy. I was wondering what the earliest time to do an afternoon bedikah is. Is it acceptable to do a bedikah just before 2pm, when shekiah is at 3:50pm?
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It is acceptable to perform an afternoon bedikah anytime from the beginning of minchah ketanah until sunset. Minchah ketanah is two and one half proportional hours before sunset. To check the local timing of minchah ketanah, we suggest filling in your location at http://www.kashrut.com/zemanim/.
Please note that, if a bedikah was performed in the morning, an afternoon bedikah that was inadvertently omitted does not invalidate the clean days.
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