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I met someone who lives outside of Israel almost full-time and who told me that, because he's in Israel for each of the shalosh r'galim every year, he keeps only one day yom tov. Is this (the applicability of that criterion alone) a valid halachic opinion, and, if so, whose?

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I seem to remember hearing this opinion in the name of Rav Shlomo Zalman Aurbach, but my level of certainty is definitely in the 'comment-worthy' range. –  Double AA Aug 7 '12 at 12:20
@DoubleAA, sounds like an answer. –  msh210 Aug 7 '12 at 17:58
Eventually, but in the meantime, user1040 never edited in a source for his statement and that would seem to be crucial for this question. –  Double AA Aug 8 '12 at 2:54
@ms210 Found it :) –  Double AA Sep 9 '12 at 3:39

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Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Aurbach rules this way in a responsum (Minchat Shlomo 1:19:7). After reading it I'm not sure if he also requires that they own a permanent dwelling in Israel to live in during Chag or not; CYLOR for a final ruling (as usual).

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Absolutely CYLOR, I know my Rav holds that if you're in Israel keep one day, and if you're outside keep two (without owning a permanet dwelling). But I know of other rabbis that hold differently. –  zaq Sep 9 '12 at 4:48
@zaq You're talking about the general question which this post does not deal with. This post is specifically about the view that living there for all three holidays is the relevant factor. –  Double AA Sep 9 '12 at 6:01
Ah, didn't read the question fully. –  zaq Sep 9 '12 at 12:47

As far as I know the Puskim used to distinguish between a married man / woman to a single man / woman.

The point is whether the visitor has a chance to stay in Israel or will he defiantly leaving Israel after the holidays. Since a married person will probably gat back abroad he needs to keep the second day as it is his community roles that he needs to follow.

As for a single person, since there is a theoretical, reasonable chance that he will stay in Israel, the most of the Poskim (החיד"א, הרב עובדיה יוסף, הרב משה פיינשטיין ועוד)

So if you are single you can keep only one day and you have "Al mi lismoch".

BUT I have to mark that there are Puskim that don't think that any one should keep the second day, see here : link.

You can find here a full thread on this issue: link

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shannoga, thanks for your answer and welcome to Mi Yodeya. I hope you stick around and enjoy the site. But I don't see how this answers my question, which was about the applicability of a specific criterion, which you don't discuss at all. –  msh210 Aug 7 '12 at 17:52

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