Greeting People before Davening

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  1. It’s forbidden to go to someone’s house to greet them with “Shalom” once the time for Shacharit began. However, it’s preferable not to greet with “Shalom” even if one only met the person on the way. [1]
    1. Gemara Brachot (14a) writes that one should greet someone with Shalom prior to Shacharit. Rashi and Tosfot (14a D”H BeMashkim) hold that if one accidentally met a friend on the way one may greet him with Shalom. However, the Rashba (14a) quotes the Raavad who holds that even if one doesn’t specifically arrange to meet one shouldn’t greet with the word “Shalom”. S”A 89:2 rules like Rashi (as the anonymous first opinion) that if one doesn’t arrange to meet one may greet a person with Shalom.