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#If the Tzibur did not yet reach [[Barchu]] one may pray [[Mincha]] in the shul even if they will reach [[Barchu]] while one is still saying [[Mincha]], nonetheless, it is preferable to say it outside the Shul (if the Tzibbur will reach [[Barchu]] while one is still saying [[Mincha]]).<ref>Shulchan Aruch 263:16, Mishna Brurah 263:63 </ref>
===Eating the Meal Before Praying Maariv===
# According to many poskim it is permitted to pray [[Mincha]] early, before or after [[Plag Hamincha]], then accept Shabbat, recite [[Kabbalat Shabbat]], recite [[Kiddush]] and have the [[Friday night meal]]. Then one would pray [[Maariv]] afterwards. One should be careful not to start the meal within a half hour of the time for Maariv.<ref>Magen Avraham 271:5, Mishna Brurah 271:11, Eliya Rabba 271:5, Rav Elyashiv (cited by Dirshu 271:3), Beir Heitev 271:4, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 77:4. Taz 271:4 also accept this practice as Eliya Rabba notes. Peulat Sachir on Maaseh Rav 117:1 notes that one could accept Shabbat for the Magen Avraham with a verbal declaration or by reciting Mizmor Shir Shel Yom Hashabbat.</ref> Some rabbis disagree with this practice.<ref> Rav Soloveitchik as quoted in Nefesh Harav p. 158 explained based on Rambam Shabbat 30:10 that there is an order for how the Shabbat day is supposed to be structured. First is a prayer and then there is a meal. That pair of activities is repeated thrice, once at night and twice during the day. See also Gra in [ Maaseh Rav n. 117] who is quoted as saying that it isn't proper to have the Friday night meal before sunset unless one has already davened Maariv. [ Rav Schachter (Hilchos Shabbat 4 min 32-4)] explained the Gra based on Rav Soloveitchik's explanation in the Rambam and connected it with Maaseh Rav n. 64 about seuda shelishit before mincha. However, the Peulat Sachir understands the Gra in Maaseh Rav n. 117 to specifically be about accepting Shabbat before sunset.</ref>
==Ending Shabbat Late==

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