Eating Breakfast

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Eating Breakfast

  1. Preferably, one should eat breakfast that contains bread (a size of a kebaytzah) and water to give one strength to serve Hashem. [1]
  2. Many say that it is sufficient to eat a filling food even if it is not bread. [2] Likewise, one may have mezonot in place of bread for breakfast. [3]
  3. Ideally, one should learn a little after davening before eating breakfast. However, If one regularly eats breakfast after prayers before going to the Bet Midrash, one may do so.
  4. One should not eat before feeding one's animals [4], but one may drink before watering them [5]

Sources

  1. Tur and S”A 155:2. The Kaf HaChaim 155:29 writes that the size of the bread is a kebaytzah.
  2. Eshel Avraham (Butchatch 155:2)
  3. Pri Megadim (M"Z 155:1), Sh"t Rivevot Ephraim 3:590 (21 and 35), and Rabbi Yisrael Belsky quoted in Halachically Speaking. Although the Kaf HaChaim 155:23-4 writes that one may fulfill Pat Shacharit with Pat Haba Bekisnin, he adds that a cooked mezonot food (Tavshil mezonot) does not fit the requirements of Pat Shacharit. Or Letzion 2:10(6) agrees.
  4. Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 167:6
  5. Mishna Brurah 167:40, in the name of Sefer Chassidim, because Rivkah says to Eliezer: "שתה וגם גמליך אשקה" (drink and I will water your camels), putting Eliezer before his camels.