Is there a Mitzvah to be Oleh Regel in today's days (meaning when there is no Beis Hamikdash)?

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I have a little pamphlet of t'shuvos/analyses by Rav Mirsky that basically concludes that there is, especially fulfillable by feasting and dancing. I will try to locate, quote, and cite it.

Update: See Sha'arei T'shuva 529:4 (last one in volume 5) and the sources he cites for related information.


See this lecture by Rabbi Rapp.

If I recall correctly, the basic obligation is not there, but many consider it a meritorious act to make it to Jerusalem or the Kotel for the holidays anyhow.

(I think he was quoting Tzitz Eliezer and -- yibadel l'chaim -- R' Ovadya Yosef).

  • I know a talmid chacham (he learned in Kaminetz in Europe- still alive) who would not go to the Kosel on the regalim so as not to violate v'lo yeraeh...reikam.
    – YDK
    Commented Sep 8, 2010 at 17:34
  • But surely that applies only to entering at least Machaneh Leviyah (the Har Habayis), if not Machaneh Shechinah (the Azarah)? And the Kosel is outside both of those.
    – Alex
    Commented Sep 8, 2010 at 19:25
  • Ydk wats funnier is Rav Eliyashiv goes to Shake Lulav on Purpose so he could have a Meain of the doraisa of SHaking Lulav. And its recorded That Saddiah Gaon used to be Oleh Regel in His time and walk around the Har Habayis Commented Sep 8, 2010 at 20:57

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