Thursday, March 3, 2011

Waiting for a mezuman


We have said that once one sits down to a meal with two others, he is obligated to wait for a mezuman before reciting birkat hamazon and leaving.

The Mishneh Berurah notes that there is an opinion which permits a person to leave early if he finishes eating before anyone else. He rules that one may rely on this point of view if one has a very compelling reason - such as financial loss - to need to leave. However, it would be better if the others would pause in their meals and respond to him for a mezuman.

(Mishneh Berurah 200:5)

Have a great day,

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