Rabbonim Issue Halachick Ruling Regarding Hamanteshen

Purim Satire: One of the most hotly debated topics among halachic authorities has always been regarding the amount one must eat in order to have fulfilled the obligation to eat hamantashen on Purim.

While the authorities have always debated whether the obligation is Biblical or Rabbincal, the issue of how much of the triangular treat is required has never been addressed until recently. As usual, the authorities are split, with some saying that a kazayis is sufficient, while others contend that the size of an egg is required. Still others insist that one is yotzei with even a kol shehu.

Rabbonim are now debating whether only face paint, a clown nose or a wig is sufficient to fulfill the obligation to dress up on Purim, or whether a full-body costume is required.

6 Comments

  • 1. Lo Yadeh wrote:

    And according to those who insist that one is yotzei with even a kol shehu, can the kol shehu be fulfilled by wearing a hamantash hat, or do you need a full-body hamantash costume to make up for the fact that the kol shehu is not done thru eating?

  • 2. b'ochel wrote:

    bs”d

    to # 1, the mitzvah of hamantashen is clearly b’ochel, so waering a costume would not make you yotze, and you would have to eat it!!!

    a freilichen purim!!!!!!!

  • 4. Boich Svoro wrote:

    To #2
    Seudah Shlishis is also clearly b’oichel, however there is an opinion that you can be yotzeh with limud hatorah, to quote the Zohar (Emor 95a), “Said Rabbi Aba, R. Shimon would do this: When Shabbos would draw to a close, he would said his table and study “Maaseh Merkavah” and he would say, this is the meal of the king (Hashem) who came to ‘eat’ with me”. From this we see that Kavanah can replace the action of eating, therefore wearing a hamantash costume with the kavanah of replacing eating hamantashen, can also suffice.

    A Freilichen Shushan Purim!

    • 6. Jewish wrote:

      Dressing up (Masquerading) on Purim is a Jewish Minhag (custom). Are you Jewish? Show me where it says in Sefer Haminhagim Chabad that it is Minhag Chabad to NOT to dress up on Purim. Then you will have the right to say dressing up is not minhag lubavitch. Just looking at all the Purim picture galleries of Lubavitchers dressing up speaks for itself. Hamaaseh Hu Ha’ikar!

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