Earliest Shema


shul-daveningIf one regularly davens K’vasikin (i.e. reciting Shema just before sunrise and beginning Shmona Esrei at sunrise) and wishes to give up the practice (e.g. because it is making difficult to study as much Torah as he would like to) one must consult with a Rov because Hatoras Nidarim (annulment of a vow) may be required. Piskei Tshuvos 58:6

If one will be unable to say Krias Shema at the proper time (e.g. one is traveling, or undergoing surgery c’v) one may Bidieved recite Shema as early as Amud Hashachar (dawn). However, if one will be able to say it any time before the end of zman krias Shema, one should preferably wait to say it later, at its proper time. Shulchan Aruch w/Mishnah Berurah 58:3

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