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If someone had a baby boy and the bris was pushed off until what came out to be the day of the Pidyon HaBen. Can the 2 seudas, one for the Bris and the other for the Pidyon HaBen be made together as one seudas mitzvah? Or is this a problem of being "marvin simcha b'simcha (mixing together 2 separate simchas.) Are there any sources on this?

(Related: Question of which to make first, the bris or the pidyon?)

  • I've heard that these 2 seudas are not considered enough of a "simcha" to be a problem of "ain marvin..." A wedding is considered a simcha or a seudas yom tov (this is the classifc example of ain marvin...) – Yehoshua May 8 '13 at 13:46
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Rav Eliyashiv in Ashrei HaIsh YD page 157 is quoted that it is permissible and does not consider it an issue.

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  • I will try and find his reasoning why its not an issue,but for now that was his psak – sam Jun 23 at 19:09
  • If it's not a simcha to mess with chol hamoed then it's probably not a simcha to mess with milah (and vice versa, so it comes out neither is a 'simcha' regarding this rule). – Double AA Jun 23 at 19:11
  • The issue is that not everyone holds like this ,see Shu"t Mahari Weil 189 and Mahari Bruna 121 that one should not mix pidyon haben with chol hamoed and purim... – sam Jun 23 at 19:19
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Sefer Yismach Lev Volume 4 / Page 92 brings from Tosfos Moed Kattan 8b - Mipnei Bitul Pirya V'Rivya that one may make a Bris on Chol HaMoed as it is not considered a Simcha as there is pain for the circumcised child.

He says that Tosfos finishes and says that there is no issue of mixing Simchas only by weddings.

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  • Isnt a chasson and Yom tov dealing with the same person? – sam Jun 23 at 19:00
  • @Sam - I believe my edit takes care of your issue. – Gershon Gold Jun 23 at 19:21
  • Very interesting take ,makes sense since we learn it from Yaakov, but I did find those who dont allow by purim and chol hamoed,seems to be related to the bracha of שהשמחה במעונו... – sam Jun 23 at 19:24
  • @Sam - However the question here was specific to Bris and Pidyon HaBen together and this answers it with a source. – Gershon Gold Jun 23 at 20:39

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