I know that typically the Purim Seudah is held after davening mincha except on Friday when it is preferably started before midday. I also know that some (if not all) Sephardim have two seudahs. I seem to recall hearing or reading that there are some opinions that the Purim Seudah should be held earlier even when Purim is NOT on Friday. Is anyone aware of what sources have this opinion and does anyone actually do this in practice or know someone who does?

  • how is your hebrew? I have a source sheet in Hebrew... Mar 2, 2023 at 16:33

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The Terumas Hadshen
https://www.sefaria.org/Terumat_HaDeshen%2C_Part_I.110?lang=bi in the last sentence

אף כי ישבתי מנהג זה מ"מ רבותי ואני אחריהם נהגינן עיקר הסעודה בשחרית כמדומה שכן נהגו ברינו"ס: Although I have justified this custom, still, my mentors customarily eat the essential ‎meal in the morning, as do I, and it appears that this is the practice in the Rhineland.‎


This custom of beginning the seudah in the morning is futher brought down by the Shelah: https://www.sefaria.org/Shenei_Luchot_HaBerit%2C_Aseret_HaDibrot%2C_Megillah%2C_Ner_Mitzva.11?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=he

וכל מי שמקדים ומזרז ביותר לעשות הסעודה בהשכמה הוא משובח בעיני וכן כתב מהר"ר איסרל"ן שהוא ורבותיו נהגו בכל השנים עיקר סעודה שחרית וטעמא דמסתבר הוא דהא זו הסעודה היא נגד סעודת אסתר שעשתה על המלך ובודאי היתה הסעודה בעת שדרכן של המלכים לאכול ובסעודה זו Whoever has an early Seudah is praiseworthy and he quotes the above Terumas Hadshen.

The Elya Rabbah has a similar view
The Mishna Berura here:

This does not mean one should make his seudah only in the morning, but to avoid beginning at night when it is after purim. So there are those who make the Seudah in the morning.

  • Does that mean The Chofetz Chaim ate his Purim Seudah early in the day and not after mincha? Mar 2, 2023 at 17:40
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    @Deuterononmy thank you! @ DavefromBaltimore I would think that he would make 2 one in the morning and one in the afternoon Mar 2, 2023 at 17:50
  • Of what value is a big seudah later after eating a small sandwich earlier? Are you arguing that you can have negative kavana to not discharge your obligation till later? Or that every seuda is a kiyum mitzva?
    – Double AA
    Mar 2, 2023 at 21:27
  • It is a segyua I would love to go through. I found in the Dor Hamlaktim the above quoted. I am not sure how the opinions tie togther Mar 2, 2023 at 21:32
  • It would be helpful to non-Hebrew readers to translate key sources
    – mbloch
    Mar 3, 2023 at 4:21

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