Eating Before Megillah



May I eat or drink before hearing Megillah, once the fast is over, since I’m helping shluchim, and they may wait a while before reading the megillah after the fast is over.



We should not eat a meal before Megillah reading, even for those who find fasting difficult. If there is a great need, there is room for leniency for snacking (eating fruits and vegetables and drinking non-intoxicating drinks or even mezonos if it’s less than a kebeitzah).

If an individual is weak and waiting to eat can harm him —and a snack is insufficient— eating is permissible. But it is important, in such a case to appoint someone to remind them to hear the Megillah.

A woman who is fasting, and is waiting to hear the Megillah reading from her husband when he returns from Shul, may be lenient with snacking, as above.






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Comments (2)

  • Rivkah November 23, 2020 - 3 years ago

    In that instance, Is fruit juice/smoothie fine?

    • AskTheRav November 23, 2020 - 3 years ago

      If it’s very difficult to wait, drinking is certainly better than eating.

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