Sunday, June 3, 2012

Beginning seudah shlishit after sunset


One should not begin a meal, even the mitzvah meal of seudah shlishit, after sunset on Shabbat afternoon. There is leeway for several minutes, though, for one who has not yet fulfilled the mitzvah of seudah shlishit; opinions vary regarding how much time one has. [See Mishneh Berurah 299:1 and this responsum of Rav Moshe Feinstein.]

One who begins after the permitted time should not be included in the 10 needed for a mezuman invoking Gd's Name. [I believe he would respond to the mezuman, though. - MT]

(Rav Moshe Feinstein, Igrot Moshe Orach Chaim 4:69:6)

Have a great day,

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