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It is appropriate to prepare a dish special for Saturday night, not just eat Shabbat leftovers.

Some Laws, Customs and Guidelines for the Saturday Night Meal

Some Laws, Customs and Guidelines for the Saturday Night Meal

Some Laws, Customs and Guidelines for the Saturday Night Meal
It is appropriate to prepare a dish special for Saturday night, not just eat Shabbat leftovers.
  1. When Shabbat leaves it is proper to accompany it, just as one accompanies royalty when they leave the city. Therefore, on Saturday night one should arrange a special meal, called "Melaveh Malka" ("accompanying the queen").
  2. The special additional soul power merited by every Jew who observes Shabbat lingers until after Melaveh Malka.
  3. It is preferable to wash hands and eat bread at Melaveh Malka.
  4. One should set the table for a full meal, even if one will only eat a little bit, and even if one intends to eat only the minimum (one ounce).
  5. If one feels unable to eat bread, he can still fulfill this mitzvah by eating other foods.
  6. It is appropriate to prepare a dish special for Melaveh Malka, not just eat Shabbat leftovers.
  7. It is recommended to have a hot drink. Hot water on Saturday night is said to be soothing for depression, and helps one to be calm doing the week.
  8. This meal is considered a mitzvah occasion.
  9. This meal is considered a mitzvah occasion. Therefore, we light candles (without a blessing) at the table to enhance the festive mood.
  10. Although the meal has the status of mitzvah, there is no kiddush — for Shabbat is over. Nor are there any obligatory prayers or verses to be said.
  11. According to the Zohar, one should introduce the meal (in a manner parallel to the three Shabbat meals) by saying the Aramaic formula, "דא היא סעודתא דדוד מלכא משיחא" — "This is the Meal of David the Annointed* King."
  12. Eating the meal of Melaveh Malka with the orally expressed intention that the eating is in honor of the mitzvah of Melaveh Malka helps to 1) ensure easy childbirth (Rebbe Elimelech of Lizhensk) and 2) prolong one's life (the first Chortkover Rebbe).
  13. It is customary to mention or sing about Eliyahu HaNavi (Elijah the prophet). Some do this immediately after Havdalah; others prefer to incorporate it into Melaveh Malka.
  14. Storytelling about righteous Jewish personalities at Melaveh Malka is an important and popular custom.
  15. Telling stories of Elijah the Prophet or the Baal Shem Tov on Saturday night is considered propitious for one's livelihood.
  16. Some Chasidic groups state that telling stories about the holy brothers, Rebbe Zushya and the Rebbe Elimelech (see story #11 in this book), is said to be an aid for those wishing to be blessed with children or to increase their fear of heaven respectively.
  17. Subsequent generations of Rebbes declared that the stories can be about any great tzadik, and that it is beneficial for all of our material and spiritual needs.
  18. It is best not tend to other affairs until after Melaveh Malka.
  19. A variety of opinions exist as to exactly when Melaveh Malka should take place on Saturday night:
    1) eat the meal as soon after Shabbat as possible
    2) within four hours after Shabbat
    3) before midnight.
    It all depends on the season and your preference. Some start right after havdalah, while others delay until the house is straightened up, the kids put to bed, etc.
  20. If one is prevented from making Melaveh Malka on Saturday night, it can be done on Sunday, or if impossible otherwise, even until Tuesday.
  21. Even after Havdala on Saturday night, one should continue to wear Shabbos clothing. Some wear them until after Melaveh Malka, while others do not remove them until they go to sleep. Rebbe Yehoshua of Belz once said, "For however long one wears his Shabbos clothing on Motzei Shabbos (Saturday night), his stay in Gan Eden every Motzei Shabbos will be extended.
  22. The Holy Ari of Tzefat said that we should rejoice during the Saturday night meal...
  23. The Holy Ari of Tzefat said that we should rejoice during the Saturday night meal as we do during the three meals of Shabbat.
  24. Music is a popular (though not obligatory) element of Melaveh Malka. It may take the form of singing, listening to recordings as background, or attending a formal or informal live performance. The music should be of an appropriate nature—Jewish religious music or at least music that contributes to the mood of the post-Shabbat occasion.
  25. Many enjoy singing the special Saturday night songs at the table. One of the most popular is, "Do not fear, my servant Yaakov." The Lubavitcher Rebbe once explained the significance of this song (even though it is not the Chabad custom to sing it): "After an entire day of not working, one may be afraid that he will be losing money, for his competition is open on Shabbos. G‑d promises, 'Do not worry.' If you observe the commandments, He will provide for you as a master who must provide for a servant.

[Based primarily on Lma'an Yishme'u #86 (Parshat Vayakel 5771): "Accompanying the Queen," and The Ascent Complete Guide to Shabbat (ch. 7) by Rabbi Moshe Y. Wisnefsky (publication pending), as adapted by Yerachmiel Tilles for Ascent Quarterly #13 (Autumn 1988) - "How-To" Chart No. 6: Melaveh Malka.
Excerpted from "Saturday Night, Full Moon: Intriguing Stories of Kabbalah Sages, Chasidic Masters and other Jewish Heroes" by Yerachmiel Tilles, managing editor of This booklet is avaiable for puchase from]

Translated-adapted by Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles from Echyeh v’Asaper. Rabbi Tilles is co-founder of Ascent of Safed, and editor of Ascent Quarterly and the Ascent and Kabbalah Online websites.
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Anonymous September 17, 2016

Here is the story The story is about Reuven and Yakov, in the town of the Baal shem Tov

One day Reuven had a dream about a treasure under the local bridge!

He awoke early, took a shovel and buckets and set out to bridge to dig for the treasure.

As he was working on digging, a man approached him and lauphingly said: what kind of strange activity is that? Reuven answered, that he had a dream that a treasure is buried under this bridge!

So Yakon cried out: I too, had a dream that under Reuven Goldbergs oven is a large treasure!

Reuven knew it was HIS house , the man was talking about!, So without delay, Reuven dropped the shovel and went home to look for the treasure under his oven!

Meanwhile, Yakov, that just a few min ago, made fun of Reuven digging up the bridge- decided to try his luck!

He picked up the shovel , where Reuven left of, and kept digging.. until he hit a hard object!!

He quickly cleared up space dug some more .. and low and behold.. a huge treasure chest, full of diamonds and precious stones- that will last them and their children a life time of comfortable living!

Yakov secured the chest and with great joy made his way home to tell the family.

After initial shock and excitement in the home!Yakov  decided to take out 20% from the jewels and give to Reuven as a reward.

But Reuven  was also digging under his oven... and soon  hit a hard object, and here was a huge chest with jewels and diamonds , to last the entire family for a lifetime!

Reuven, right away said : he owes Yakov a reward, that if not him- he would never know about the treasure.

So Yakov set aside 20 %, and Reuven did the same. And off they went to find each other for the hakoras Hatov! In a short time they met in crossroads, hugged, and Reuven told Yakov I am here to thank you and gift you this package! But Yakov didnt want to accept stating I was blessed with a large sum, so its not needed, at the same time , Yakov was thanking him for the treasure and handing Reuven the package with 20 % of HIS treasure. After a while they didnt come to an agreement and both decided to go to the Baal Shem Tov and ask his advice about the 20% packages.

As soon as they walked in to yechidus with the Baal Shem Tov, each holding the package- the Besht' said" Mazel Tov! Mazel Tov! Reuven , you have a son, Yakov you have a daughter-arrange a marriage between your children and use 1 package to pay for wedding and buy the children all their home supplies. and furniture

But before your children's wedding, you have to find two orphans and arrange their wedding, buy all their needs  and furniture with   the funds from second package!

The wedding of the two orphans has to take place before your chidren's wedding!" Reply

Anonymous Brooklyn, NY via March 17, 2016

Melavah Malka Stories I am trying to find a certain Story of the Baal Shem Tov that is famous and recited on Mosei Shabbos by Melavah Malka . It is story about man with no parnassah and is told there is a treasure under a bridge....
He goes to bridge and guard sees him says what u doing here?Guard then says oh I have dreams of some guy named ... and he has a fortune under his stove guy he mentioned was this fellow and he ran off and got his treasure under his stove. story goes something like that. was wondering if you know where I can find it written in English. have Hebrew version need it in english Reply

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