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Visiting Others in the Middle of Meal


If I begin the purim seudah in house A can I go to house B to visit and then back to house A continue to eat and/or bench?


Yes, this can be done, but you should have explicit intent upon beginning the meal that you will be going to visit B.

Sources: See Rema, Orach Chaim 178:2, and Mishnah Berurah 178:33, 40. If one forgot to have intent, it would remain permitted to go if one leaves behind somebody who is a part of the meal. If nobody is staying behind, and one did not have intent at the time of one it would still be permitted to leave for a mitzvah, but in the case of going to visit a friend one would lechatchilah have to bench before leaving.

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