Here in TRLEOOB*, we take a rather mixed approach to seudah shlishit (aka shalosheudes) on short Shabbatot in the winter.
In principle, we try to wash and have lechem mishneh – even on the earliest Shabbat. But then, each member of the family does something different.
Some stop after the challah and wait for after Shabbat to eat a real meal (i.e. Melaveh Malkah). Others have things like chocolate spread (see how Israeli we’ve become!), peanut butter and jelly, assorted salads, hard boiled eggs, and nuts. Then there are those who dine on leftovers from Shabbat lunch – such as deli, schnitzel, and even cold chicken.
So, how does YOUR family handle seudah shlishit in the winter? Do you:
- Skip it altogether?
- Hold that one can be yotzai with Torah learning?
- Make do with just fruit or cake?
- Wash and have some bread but nothing else?
- Wash and have a very light meal?
- Partake of a traditional seudah shlishit with all the trimmings – fish, salads, quiches, pashtidot, etc.?
- Enjoy an ice coffee, as you lord it over everyone around you that you’re a yekke** – or married to one - and thus only wait three hours…
*TRLEOOB=the real life equivalent of our blog
**This doesn’t apply to us. As I noted here, we wait 5½ hours.