Nishmat's Women’s Health and HalachaIn memory of Chaya Mirel bat R' Avraham

  • Hebrew
  • English
  • Espnaol
  • Francais
  • donate
Side Bar

Bedikah at minchah ketanah

17 March, 2013


I previously asked a question as to the earliest time I can do a bedikah and I was told this is the time of mincha ketanah. Are you allowed to do bedikot every day at the time of mincha ketanah if you wish to do so, or is this a leniency that should only be used if you really have to do the bedikah earlier in the day?


Anytime from the beginning of minchah ketanah, two and a half proportional hours prior to sunset, is fully acceptable for performing the afternoon bedikah, lechatchilah.  It is, however, seen as praiseworthy to perform the afternoon bedikah just before sunset.  That is wonderful when possible, but performing it earlier every day is fully acceptable and is not a matter of special leniency.

Websites such as can be used to calculate minchah ketanah for a particular date and location.

This internet service does not preclude, override or replace the psak of any rabbinical authority. It is the responsibility of the questioner to inform us of any previous consultation or ruling. As even slight variation in circumstances may have Halachic consequences, views expressed concerning one case may not be applied to other, seemingly similar cases. All health and health-related information contained within Nishmat's Women's Health & Halacha Web site is intended to be general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for consulting with your health care professional. The advice is intended to offer a basis for individuals to discuss their medical condition with their health care provider but not individual advice. Although every effort is made to ensure that the material within Nishmat's Women's Health & Halacha Web site is accurate and timely, it is provided for the convenience of the Web site user but should not be considered official. Advice for actual medical practice should be obtained from a licensed health care professional.

For further questions or comments: 

The Nishmat Women's Health and Halacha Site is a public service of Nishmat, The Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women. This project and others like it are made possible by contributions from people like you. If you have benefited from the service, and wish to enable us to help others, click here to donate.

Users of Internet filtering services: This site discusses sensitive subjects that some services filter without visual indication. A page that appears 100% complete might actually be missing critical Jewish-law or medical information. To ensure that you view the pages accurately, ask the filtering service to whitelist all pages under

Accessibility Toolbar