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The short answer is no. Waiting between consuming meat and consuming dairy has nothing to do with how much time we perceive to have elapsed but with the experience of the person who consumed it. Spaceman Ploni, who decided to eat meat immediately prior to takeoff (a revolting thought), can still taste it when he returns to earth, despite the fact that his ...


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Rav Moshe Shternbuch reportedly sees no problem with it.


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R. Michael Broyde responded to a similar question about flying to Australia erev Shabbos, in which case one would start before Shabbos and then all of the sudden be at the end of Shabbos. R. Broyde distinguished between two cases: when it becomes Shabbos on the plane and then skips ahead to the end of Shabbos (in which case, this should not be done ...


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Judaism doesn't have a current pilgrimage obligation the way I understand that Islam does (I believe every Muslim is required to go to Mecca once). However, Israel and, more specifically, Jerusalem is very important to Jews; Israel is our homeland, and Jerusalem is the site of the temples (past and future). Further, Jerusalem used to be a pilgrimage ...


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In Halichos Mordechai, The Traveler's Companion, by Rabbi Eliezer Wanger, he says (quoting the "אהלך באמיתך"): If one is traveling by airplane and the airport is located outside the city — even if there is a distance less than a parsah between the city limit and the airport — one should say Tefilas Haderech in the car, taxi or bus that is taking him ...


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You end your fast when it becomes dark, independent of how long you have been already fasting. Source: Igrot Moshe OC 3:96 See also Shevet HaLevi 8:261:2 who argues and says to stop based on you original location's times. It's not clear if he would hold this lechumra as well.


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Those that go to Uman - go because they believe that Rabbi Nachman promised that if you come and pray at his grave on Rosh HaShana he will make sure that you have a good year. Many Rabanim are against this (Harav Ovadia Yosef amongst them). Woman do not go on Rosh HaShana both for Tznius and practical reasons (someone has to take care of the family). ...


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Breslever chasidim leave E"Y to be by our rebbe at Rosh Hashana because he said to come, end of story. Not all Breslevers go - one of the great leaders of Breslev today, R' Elazar Kenig shlita, hosts a gathering in Meron for those who are unable to go. There is no specific issur in Uman. The issues of kivrei tzadikim and leaving E"Y in general are complex ...


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Some broad outlines: As you allude to in your question, except possibly on certain joyous days, your tear your clothes the first time you visit the kosel hamaaravi; some do also when they first see the desolate cities of Judea; some only do this when seeing the actual ground of Har HaBayit. If you are leading the prayers (in most of Israel), expect birkas ...


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Chabad of Lancaster had a guesthouse which they plan to reopen in 2012. Central PA Koshermart Has a variety of options. There is the Farbreng Inn in Richmond VA. Jackson Hole Wyoming Has some options. Postville Iowa is pretty rural. I don't know if the New Arlington Hotel in the White Mountains in New Hampshire is still open. There are still some ...


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There are various Halachic opinions on this subject. This article by Rabbi Doniel Neustadt (pg. 3-4) sums up the various opinions very nicely (see footnotes there for names): 1) It is doubtful whether ha-gomel may be recited, unless a potentially dangerous situation developed during the flight. 2) Ha-gomel is recited only when the airplane crossed ...


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The Rebbe did not state that anyone who comes to his grave and prays will be granted a good year. He made a promise that anyone who travels to his grave, recites the Tikkun K'lali, donates at least a couple pennies to charity in his name, and, perhaps most importantly, take it upon himeself to leave his errant and foolish ways, then the Rebbe will do ...


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If I were staying in a non-frum or non-Jewish home, the foremost thing on my mind (outside of all the more common halachos that you mention) would be the mitzvah of Kiddush Hashem, and the issur of Chilul Hashem. Remember that you may be an uncommon sight for them, in some cases even the only orthodox Jew they've ever observed up close. As much as we'd like ...


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There is a concept from the Gemara (Pesachim 8a) known as שלוחי מצוה אינן ניזוקין - mitzva messengers are not harmed. When one is going on a trip that involves potential risks, some are of the custom is to give them a small amount of money to give to charity at their place of destination, so that they are effectively turned into "mitzva messengers" until ...


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Good question. Assuming the cup is clean, and you're using it for cold stuff, it's okay. From a shiur I heard (I think an OU workplace kashrus one? Or was it a kashrus Q&A? It was on yutorah): the rule is that clean non-kosher dishes can be used for cold kosher food "once in a while." R' Hershel Shachter's psak is that "once in a while" is once in ...


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Well, the encyclopedia entry on it says the earliest source is Pliny's Historia Naturalis, in which a river with similar miraculous properties is in fact reported in XXXI:18 (last line). The footnote there identifies it, citing a later source, as the river Eleutherus, which is currently in northern Lebanon.


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http://www.chaitables.com/chai_air_eng.php


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There are several issues that poskim have with a bicycle on Shabbat: Carrying/transferring in a public domain. (The bike is not considered part of the rider.) The bicycle may break, causing the rider to perhaps forget himself and fix it. Riding a bike is uvdin d'chol (weekday activity), and not appropriate on Shabbat. One might ride over soft soil, thereby ...


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Flying on a plane before shabbos is not like embarking on a boat regardless of the reasoning (I remember 4 offhand): The sea-sickness will breach your kavod shabbos: Anyone who has been on a medium size boat in the ocean without dramamine knows that this is no comparison to flying on a plane which is pretty smooth. The crew is doing melacha for you: Does ...


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If he eats meat, gets onto a fast plane and flies east, and lands before six hours have elapsed for him, I don't think anybody would say that he can now eat dairy just because the clock shows a later time. For that matter, he doesn't get to jump the gun when switching to Daylight Saving Time. (But citation needed.) I would expect the same logic to apply ...


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Well, what's reasonably walkable? Probably about 2 kilometers or so. Another significant factor -- if the synagogue's neighborhood has an eruv, it's reasonable for a rabbi to expect people to move within the eruv -- it will be far easier to observe shabbos if you can carry in the neighborhood (especially if most of the locals are used to doing so). Take ...


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You can also adjust what you mean by close to nature. The area surrounding the urban center of Las Vegas has tons of nature/outdoors activities--Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire National Park, Mt. Charleston, rafting down the Colorado River etc. Also only a few hours drive to many other nature centers like the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park. Lots of ...


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Most people do not consider it proper on shabbat. Perhaps it has to do with the fear that you may come to fix it, but no actual gezerah was made forbidding it. It may also have to do with "uvda d'chol", a somewhat vague prohibition on doing weekday activity. Though there are some who allow it if you're in a place that does not have a minhag against it. ...


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Just to add to @DovF's answer. It would seem that making the person your emissary to do any mitzvah would accomplish the same thing, since the main thing is that, as your emissary, he is protected from harm. (see my answer here) However, Tzedakah has an added benefit of "saving one from death", as the Talmud (Shabbat 156B) tells us. So you get the double ...


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Tzedaka U'Mishpot 16:2 note 3 indictaes that he has been unable to find a source for this Minhag.


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Another issue to be concerned about that I've heard of: If you follow Opinion A in Shalom's answer, then when it's Sunday in Australia, it's Shabbat off the Eastern coast thereof. So, I've heard that there are those who forbid swimming or boating off the Eastern coast of Australia on a Sunday, since as soon as you get in the water, you should be observing ...


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Don't pray audibly. Do as Chana did: Lips moving, no one hearing. Alert an authority: "Hi, flight attendant. I'm Jewish. Our men (and perhaps some of our women?) pray with little black boxes on our heads, straps on our arms, and a big striped shawl. I'm going to pray now. We try our best not to interrupt our prayers for talking or anything in the ...


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You sure you want to open up this can of worms? :-) Here's the situation. There is no explicit mention of any such concept in the Torah, Talmud, or adressed by the Rambam, the Rosh, the Tur, or the Shulchan Aruch. The first time this really became an issue when during WWII when yeshiva students (notably those from Mir and Chachmei Lublin) relocated from ...


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The Yeraim answers that the ban only applies when leaving Eretz Yisroel for Mitzrayim. The Ritva has another answer he says the ban only applies when most of the Jews live in Israel. The Rabbeinu Bechaye says the ban on living in Mitzrayim only applied in the times of the Torah when the Egyptians were infamous for their immorality, latter it would not ...



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