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Can you eat before The public reading of Meggilas Esther and does a year where Purim comes out on Motzeh Shabbos make a difference?

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Orach Chaim 692:4 Rama does not diffrentiate between a regular year and a year that the Megila is read on Motzei Shabbos. Either way Rama says it is Asur to eat prior to hearing the Megila.


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However, see Mishna B'rura :14 and :16. – msh210 Mar 21 '11 at 21:31
??? He seems to be specifically addressing a non Saturday night situation! Consider the next page where no one prohibits Havdallah before Megillah on food intake grounds. – Double AA Mar 23 '14 at 21:47

From the Hallachicly speaking column in the Jewish Press Website:

One should not eat or drink before hearing the megillah by night; however, if he can not concentrate without having a coffee it is permitted. The reason is since it is for the need of the megillah it is not considered a disgrace to the megillah. Source

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Your link seems to be non-existent... – Naftali Mar 7 '12 at 20:10

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