Thursday, February 5, 2009

What constitutes Melaveh Malkah?


It is ideal for one to base his post-Shabbat "Melaveh Malkah" meal on bread and meat. When that is not an option, such as when one is too full from Shabbat, then one should eat other grain-based products (cake, cookies), or at least fruit.

The key is that just as we honor Shabbat at its entrance, so we honor Shabbat at its exit. (For that same reason, one should eat this meal as soon after Shabbat as possible.)

(Mishneh Berurah 300:1-2)

Have a great day,


  1. Good morning,

    How careful are you and should we be on Melaveh Malkah? That is, I hear what Mishnah Berurah says-- and what some others say-- but I'm wondering what, in fact, most people actually do. What does one do when we have something to do immediately after Shabbos is out? Delay the Melaveh Malcah, cancel the activity, skip it all together?

    Thanks and have a good Shabbos.


  2. Hi Michael,

    These are good questions.

    See Sunday's posting, which may clarify this somewhat. The bottom line, as noted in Sunday's post, is that it depends on prioritizing Melaveh Malkah vs. the other activities.