Is there anything wrong with having the third meal on Friday night instead of the following day (i.e. two on friday night and one the next day)? Is one still yotzei 3 Seudos?

This would be especially useful in the winter months where Shabbos ends quite early.

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    Similarly, what about loading all 3 on the morning, or some other irregular combination of time slots and meals?
    – WAF
    Commented Nov 22, 2010 at 3:36
  • @WAF Indeed, although wouldn't that would imply some sort of fasting?
    – yydl
    Commented Nov 22, 2010 at 3:38
  • I have seen a very respected posek washing by Kiddush after an early minyan and then having his second day meal later at home as his seuda shlishis but the best scenario this time of year is to daven early and eat the first meal early, then you will have some appetite for seuda shlishis closer to sundown. If you can't, then I refer you to what I saw this posek do. (I asked him about it)
    – Yahu
    Commented Nov 22, 2010 at 3:55
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    I think you mean the second meal on Friday night.
    – Double AA
    Commented Dec 19, 2011 at 19:43
  • @DoubleAA I guess there are two ways to look at it. Yes, the second meal, but the third in the context of the entire Shabbos obligation.
    – yydl
    Commented Dec 19, 2011 at 20:22

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Seudah Shlishis has a specific time it should be done, which is roughly Shabbos afternoon (preferably after praying Mincha, but can even be eaten after the time for Mincha has arrived.) See Shulhan Aruch, 291, 2. The SA in OC 289 has a whole section on the laws of the Shabbos morning meal. The fact that the rule of Kiddush Bimakom Seudah still applies for this seudah clearly indicates a time frame for the day meal on Shabbos as being in the morning. I do not see how one is to avoid the obligation of two seudos on the day of Shabbos, lechatehilah.

  • I wonder: if you don't eat anything in the morning (and missed the opportunity to eat the "second" meal), is there still a chiyuv kiddush in the afternoon?
    – Double AA
    Commented Jun 1, 2012 at 9:35

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