Monday, February 18, 2013

Timing of the Purim Seudah


"Maharil said that the Austrian practice was to pray minchah at the earliest possible time and then eat the Purim meal in the afternoon, continuing all night. Were they to eat beforehand, they would be intoxicated during minchah, and the prayer of an intoxicated person is repellent. And so I saw in a letter from our mater R' Natan and his son R' Leizer and other scholars, that they would pray minchah first, and they would pray maariv at midnight, after the meal."

(R' Yaakov Moelin, Sefer haMinhagim of Maharil, Hilchot Purim) 

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