Questions relating to travel in various areas of Jewish law, such as travel on Sabbath or Holidays or prayers before certain travels.

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Visiting sites previously used for idol worship

Given the prohibition on entering a place of idol worship (Rambam, Peirush ha-Mishnayos, Avodah Zarah 1:3), when, if ever, is one permitted to visit a historical site that has been used as a place of ...
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Can one paddle a rowboat, canoe, kayak, raft, tube during the 9 Days? [duplicate]

Can someone paddle any type of boat or tube on a lake, river or stream during the 9 Days? Is there concern that the boat may tip over and he may end up swimming in the water?
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Can one go on a boat during the 9 Days?

I had heard that one should not go on a boat during the 9 Days because going on the water is dangerous and one should not go on a dangerous trip during the 9 Days. Is there any truth to any ...
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Are short trips to Israel allowed?

May one visit Israel for a short period of time with no intention of staying?
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What's “כי אתא פלוני אמר פלוני”?

The phrase "‫כי אתא [name] אמר [name],‏ [statement]‏‬‬" appears many times in the Bavli. For example, Rosh Hashana 35:1: כי אתא רבין אמר רבי יעקב בר אידי אמר רבי שמעון חסידא לא ...
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Is Gideon's bible in my hotel room a problem?

I'm not exactly sure how a standard hotel room contract works, but assuming I am renting the room and have ownership-like responsibilities for everything in it, is it a problem if there is a Gideon's ...
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Shabbat with time dilation in space

I know there is some discussion in space/planets.. How would you keep shabbos in space? The Rabbi I asked this shabbat pretty much said the same thing; and you go by Jerusalem time when in doubt. ...
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Travel and Shacharit

I'm flying westward in the morning. I don't think I'll have enough time to pray shacharit before I take off, and don't wish to do so en route. I should land with enough time to pray shacharit before ...
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Greek Ruins — Previous Sites for Pagan Worship

I know that Maimonides states not to enter places of idol worship. That being the case, is it permissible to visit Greek ruins that where once used for a pagan religion?
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What is Kabbalos Pnei Rabo?

There is an obligation to visit ones Rebbe on holidays (see here for details) However the mitzvah or obligation that we know of, what does this mean exactly? Is it enough if I "see" my Rebbe even if ...
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chol hamoed outings

The Halocho rules that, on chol hamoed, one may only do melochos (creative labors) which are needed for the Yom Tov. What justifies doing melochos when going on family trips? Surely these trips can be ...
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Bedikat chametz when changing locations on Erev Pesach

Suppose someone is going to be staying somewhere for Pesach (say a hotel), but he will be going there during the day on the 14th of Nisan. When and where should he do bedikat chametz? Presumably, he ...
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How can one achieve k'fitzat hadereh (miraculous speedy travel)?

Rav Hai Gaon in תשובות הגאונים החדשות, מהד' עמנואל סי' קטו, עמ' 125 states that there are books which contain the practical kabbalistic methods for achieving k'fitzat hadereh (miraculous speedy ...
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Why did Eliyahu go to the outskirts of Bes El but right into Y'richo?

In Ⅱ M'lachim, chapter 2, Eliyahu is about to be carried off to heaven, and his student, Elisha, knows it. Verses 2–5, with emphasis supplied: וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלִיָּהוּ אֶל אֱלִישָׁע שֵׁב נָא פֹה ...
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Praying in “multifaith spaces” in airports and other institutions

In airports and hospitals and such, you can often find "multifaith spaces". Is it permitted to pray in them? These "interfaith prayer chapels" are not churches: they're completely neutral rooms and ...
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Looking for a list of cities with mikvaos

Does anyone know of a web site that lists kosher operational mikvaos, all over the world?
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Getaways that are focused on learning

What available programs are there for someone looking to get away for a few days in an environment focused on learning? I know of many such programs targeted for Ba'alei Teshuva or potential Ba'alei ...
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Tourist guides for Kohanim

I recently saw a tourist guide for Kohanim, published online by the Chicago Rabbinical Council, listing certain Chicago tourist sites that are, and are not, problematic for Kohanim. Are there any ...
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Does one need a sukkah to eat bread/mezonot at work

If one goes to work on the days of Chol HaMoed Sukkot, is he deemed to be travelling and exempt from the sukkah? If there is no sukkah that he can reach from work on his lunch break, may he eat bread ...
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bracha only on etrog: can I do anything with just an etrog

Someone is on a plane/transit for an entire daylight period of Sukkot and accidentally only brought along their etrog, leaving left the rest at home ;~ Is there anything to do with just the etrog?
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Sukkah and day trips

Do day trips (e.g. gone from home from 9am to 4 pm) qualify for the traveling exemption from the sukkah?
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Joining an airplane Minyan

Related to my Kaddish on a plane question, as well as this Davening on an airplane question, assuming one is aware, and respectful, of the ruling not to form a Minyan on an airplane, what should one ...
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Kaddish on a plane

Much has been made on Jewish blogs and in Jewish press outlets about a recent ruling from the new Sepharadi Chief Rabbi of Israel, R' Yitzhak Yoseph, that people should not gather to make a Minyan on ...
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Parent dying overseas - visit now or attend funeral?

A person lives far away from a dying parent and cannot afford more than one visit. What do the halachic sources say about when they should visit? Should they visit the parent immediately and miss the ...
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Person in Eretz Yisrael making Eiruv Tavshilin for Bnei Chutz L'Aretz

This might seem like a "funny" question. I don't think this would be permitted and I really have no basis to think why it should be however I'm trying to work out why this wouldn't work (or perhaps ...
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Mission to Mars: halachic challenges

There is talk in the scientific community of a manned Mars mission: sending an elderly couple to slingshot past Mars and return to Earth as a trial mission, toward eventual other missions that will ...
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Could the gathering of the Jews in Israel be metaphorical?

I have heard that a person is born every generation that has the potential to be the Mashiach, and Rambam said that the Mashiach will gather the dispersed of Israel. However, it is possible that not ...
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Is there a prohibition to pack on shabbat?

Say one is bored on a Saturday afternoon. Is it permissible--if one finds it entertaining--to pack his suit case when leaving on a long trip the following day?
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Travel and ketubah

We are planning to travel to Israel for the first time as a family, B"H. Do we need to bring our ketubah with us? (I realize that this is probably a question for my Rav, but I am curious what the ...
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Tefilat HaDerech Roadtrip [duplicate]

If someone takes a roadtrip and has multiple stops (multiple days) should he recite Tefilat Haderech every time he continues to his final destination?
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Why are Torah study and trips, specifically, banned on the 8th of Av?

The Rama, Orach Chayim 553, says: The practice is that we do not study [Torah] the day before the ninth of Av from midday on, except such matters as are permitted [study material] on the ...
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Is there a Jewish custom to travel to Israel at least once in a lifetime?

I once had a Jewish classmate. She told me that when she celebrated her bat mitzvah, she would have gone to Israel with her family, but she couldn't at the time, because there was too much war. Is ...
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Marriage Where Witnesses can Never be Found

Suppose a Jewish man and Jewish woman end up stranded on an island in the South Pacific as a result of a plane crash or ship wreck, with no other survivors, and no hope of rescue. In fact, respective ...
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May one walk alone at night

Tosfos on psochim 2a discusses about the brothers of yosef why they were not allowed to go by night. Tosfos says that the reason was because they were not familiar with the territory and they could ...
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kosher food ideas without refrigeration

What kosher food should I pack for a one-week trip? I won't have access to a fridge; and no kosher food will be available at my destination. The only food idea I can think of is tuna. That would ...
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Chanukiyah height restriction and modern architecture?

I have learned that, to publicize the miracle, the Chanukah candles must be within 20 amot of the ground. Yet when I was in Jerusalem during Chanukah some years ago, I saw chanukiyot in windows of ...
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Chanukah in a hotel: where to light?

I might be attending a convention over the Shabbat in Chanukah. I am not worried about opposition from the hotel; this one has historically been pretty liberal about candles in rooms. So if I go I ...
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Korbon tomid whilst Jews were travelling (as opposed to camping) in the desert

The benei kehos carried the miizbeiach whilst the Jews travelled. It would seem improbable that the mishkon was erected every day whilst they journeyed. What happened with the sacrifice of the Daily ...
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Making bedikas chometz early — ossur in malacha, eating, learning?

When someone leaves their home within 30 days of Pesach without someone to be bodek it from chometz, they themselves have to be bodek it early (See Siman 436.) In the normal case of bedikas chometz ...
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What route did Bnei Yisrael take through the Midbar? Seeking sources

The question of which route the Israelites took from Egypt to the Holy Land has been asked for centuries and discussed by pseudo-historians and pop-sci documentarians in the History Channel age, and ...
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Which Biblical and Talmudic personalities visited Heaven and returned to earth?

In the Haftorah to Parashas Yisro, Isaiah 6:1 - 7:6, we read of Isaiah's prophetic vision where he visited Heaven. What Biblical and Talmudic personalities are said to have visited heaven and ...
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What is the significance of Eliyahu haNavi's travels prior to being taken up into heaven and Elisha haNavi's travels afterwards?

If I am reading and understanding the text correctly, in chapter 2 of II Melachim (2 Kings) Eliyahu (Elijah) and Elisha haNevi'im travel from Gilgal to Bethel to Jericho to across the Jordan. After ...
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Electronic sliding doors on shabbat

What can a person who is staying at a hotel which has only electronic sliding doors that open when one walks near them do to avoid any issue on shabbat? Wait for someone else to enter and ...
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Is visiting Antarctica permitted for a Jew?

Antarctica can have very short days or very short nights. As discussed elsewhere on this site, finding the right time to pray can be difficult. Is it permissible to visit places like this?
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Best practices for long-distance Nihum Aveilim and Kavod HaMeith

What are some best practices for people who learn from afar of the passing of an individual (not immediate family) and who want show their respects to the deceased and the surviving family? If they ...
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Horse back riding for women

Is it permissible for an Orthodox woman to do horseback riding in an ordinary saddle, or does she have to use a sidesaddle? Furthermore, would she be able to use women's trousers made for horseback ...
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Moving Sefer Torah with Tallis (source?)

Often times, when someone will move a Sefer Torah from one place to another, on top of what the Sefer Torah is already normally covered with, he will put an additional covering of a Tallis-Gadol. ...
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V'Sain Tal U'Matar for someone from Eretz Yisrael in Chutz L'Aretz (and vice versa)

In Eretz Yisrael we start saying V'Sain Tal U'Matar on the 7th of Cheshvan. If someone from Eretz Yisrael will be in America on the 7th of Cheshvan and will be flying back to Eretz Yisrael a few days ...
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Moving close to the Shul

How close to the shul would a Rabbi generally require congregants or a prospective convert to move (in kilometers please!)?
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Kabbalos Pnei Rabo

That which it says in the Gemorah (Rosh Hashana 16b) that one has a obligation of "kabbalos pnei rabo" (to go see ones rebbe) on holidays - when is the obligation? Is there an obligation every day, or ...