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The Radak (Shorashim, חנך) writes that "it is a minhag to have a meal and happiness at the first eating that they eat in the new house". The above is quoted as part of an answer to a question previously posted on MY regarding Chanukas Habayis.

My question is what happens if the first meal has already passed? Is there still an inyan of making a Chanukas Habayis at a later point in time or if one misses the first meal he is no longer fufilling the Minhag of making a Chanukas Habayis ?

  • If someone would like to make the Radak I quoted into a link feel free to do that. – Earl May 10 '17 at 20:38
  • Note that you dont quote Radak as saying that there is an "inyan" just that some people do something. – mevaqesh May 10 '17 at 20:49
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    In my experience people don't do it for the first meal. So the minhag clearly has changed. – Double AA May 10 '17 at 20:50
  • There seems to be a nuance in the term "chanukat habayit" as to whether it means "dedication" or "inauguration". I used Google translate on the word "Chanukah" and both definitions appear. So, if it really means "inauguration", then, well, after the first meal, the time has passed. I'm leaning towards that definition, since the gifts that the tribes gave at the "Chanukat Hamizbe'ach" were given at its inauguration. But, that's my analysis of it, here - no source. – DanF May 10 '17 at 21:17
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    Presumably the "inyan" is hakarat hatov. If that is the case, then presumably whenever he does so, he is fulfilling this. – mevaqesh May 10 '17 at 21:28

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