Questions tagged [travel]

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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Birchas Ha'Gomel for ocean fishing

Someone went fishing in the ocean on a eight hour outing off the Jersey shore [they go out a few miles], and wanted to know if he needs to make a birchas hagomel like all those that travel at sea. See ...
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Can a Frum Jew go on a sponsored mixed trip if he can not afford to go to Eretz Yisroel?

Is a frum Charedi Jew allowed to go on a Birthright trip to Eretz Yisroel? Are there any gedolim that say it's asur? I would assume that the following things would be an issue: Tznius Mixed seating ...
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Relief from fasting while traveling?

I fly multiple times a week nearly every week for work. It has happened a few times that I had to travel on a minor fast day and I was at times surprised to see visibly religious people eating and ...
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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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How was the time in the wilderness distributed among all those encampments?

I, and many others I know, have a mental image from childhood of b'nei Yisrael being frequently on the move between the exodus and the conquest of the land. But if you look at the list of encampment ...
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Precaution of shining shoes before traveling

Rav Yehuda HaChassid (circa 1200) writes in his will (39): לא ימשח אדם מנעליו ביום שדעתו לילך לדרך you shouldn't shine your shoes on the day you go on a trip. What is the idea behind this?
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Why does the mishna prescribe an indirect measure of whether somebody knew about a court ruling?

The mishna in Horayot 1:2 discusses a case where a court made a ruling that something is permitted and then later rescinded the ruling. Meanwhile, somebody did the thing they initially said is ...
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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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Embarking a ship on shabbat

Ignoring questions of carrying, activating electronic devices, etc. (assuming these can be overcome), why is it not permissible to embark on a ship which is manned by non-Jews and which will sail on ...
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Is there a prayer I should say before taking off in a plane?

On Monday, I am going to take a flight. I would imagine I should say the Shehecheyanu when I land, thanking God for my continued existence, but is there a blessing I could or should say when I take ...
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Is it permissible to travel to a 'dangerous' place, if so, what is the shiur?

There is a mitzvah to guard your soul diligently. I am pretty sure this is applied to guarding your physical body from injury. My question is, may one travel to a place that others may consider ...
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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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Where to daven in Logan airport (Boston)?

Is there a convenient place to daven in Boston's Logan airport around 7:30 am?
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Travelling on hoshanah raba

Is it allowed for one to travel by car on Hoshana Rabbah? If so, what are the sources for this?
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Leaving Eretz Yisrael on vacation

The Rambam in Hilchot Melachim 5:9 describes the prohibition of leaving Eretz Yisrael, and the reasons why one would be allowed to leave. This topic has been dealt with already on this site. One heter ...
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Time for evening prayer when flying eastward over Greenland and the sun doesn’t set?

(This is the “return" question for my question on the right time for shaharis when encountering sunrise twice in a day) In the summer, when flying from the East Coast to Tel Aviv on an afternoon ...
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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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May one ride on a commuter ferry during the 9 days?

There are some opinions that one should not ride on a boat during the 9 days because of danger. I am asking a follow-up on this answer and any similar opinions that prohibit boating. According to ...
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Not to sweep floor on day of traveling (source)

I just heard in the name of Rabbi Moncowits in Montreal that on day of traveling it is forbidden to sweep the floor. Because he once was in an accident and the Lubavicher Rebbe told him it was ...
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Did the Lubavitcher Rebbe ever state why he didn't visit Israel?

I have heard several different explanations from secondhand sources as to why the Lubavitcher Rebe zt''l didn't visit Israel. Did he ever explicitly state his reasons for not going?
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Should you say HaGomel after a flight?

Should someone say the HaGomel blessing after taking an airplane flight? I seem to remember this being the practice, but honestly the average commercial airplane flight these days is 10 times safer ...
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Frum travel guide - Philadelphia [closed]

Next week I will go to Philadelphia, and I don't know the place. Since other sites tend to be outdated, I thought that we may help each other by listing synagogues and restaurants, whenever someone ...
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Is flying over Har Habayis allowed?

It is my understanding that one is forbidden to go onto the Har Habayit ("Temple Mount") while s/he is Tamei. However, if one is only over Har Habayit but not physically on the ground (e.g. flying in ...
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Is there a “Jew” P.S. app for Android or iPhone?

I know that there are various minyan-finding sites like godaven.com They tell you the location and times of the closest shul to where you are located. Is there an app that can locate Jews who are ...
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bicycle on Shabbat?

Is riding a bicycle on Shabbat permitted within an eiruv, being ridden only on pavement (so no unintended plowing), for transportation and not exercise, and with the understanding that repairs aren't ...
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Does one have to pray arvit during a very short night on a plane?

When flying from the US to Europe (especially in the summer) one often takes off before the time for arvit has arrived and only a few short hours later the sun already rises over Europe. For practical ...
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Hotels, electronic keys, and shabbat

Is it permissible to ask a non-Jewish hotel employee to let you into your hotel room on shabbat if the only way to unlock the hotel room is through the use of an electronic key? It seems like many ...
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Flying During Channukah Candle Lighting

Obviously you cannot light candles on a plane, so if you can't light candles within the time frame is there any other activity one could do, which is permissible on an airline, that would fulfill the ...
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Seeking Jewish vacation website

Seeking websites that list and describe (and hopefully rate) vacation locations with a Jewish orientation (e.g., indicating the availability of a minyan daily, or on Shabbat). (If this question is ...
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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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Riding the Subway on Shabbat

Assuming that there are no problems regarding paying for it (either you entered the system before Shabbat, or a non-Jew paid for you): What are the halakhic issue with riding the subway on Shabbat? (...
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Teffilas Haderech Jerusalem to Beit Shemesh

Is one obligated to say teffilas Haderech when traveling by bus or car from Jerusalem to Beit Shemesh? Is the distance between them sufficient? Is it one unbroken area of residence? Travel time ...
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Is it mentioned in the Talmud that Moses time traveled into the distant future

Is it mentioned in the Talmud that Moses time traveled into the distant future?
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Should one make a bracha on seeing geological arches, hoodoos or balanced rocks?

I am considering visiting Arches National Park in Utah. This park has several "arch" rock formations and a few hoodoos and a balanced rock. Shulchan Aruch O.C. 228:1 states that one should make a ...
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Check out of hotel after shabbos

I am going to be traveling for a wedding soon and I will probably have to stay in a hotel in the local Jewish community over shabbat (they don't have capacity to host). I have a place to stay the ...
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What to do when visiting Kivrei Tzaddikim?

When visiting Kevarim of Tzaddikim, when are proper procedures to follow? I would hope an answer would cover: What and how to daven If there's any specific Tehillim to say If one should (or must) ...
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Does a truck driver need to put a mezuzah on his truck? [duplicate]

Let's say someone is a constantly travelling truck driver. He has no firm "home" other than his truck, so he sleeps in his truck. My rav explained that if someone rents a home and is there for more ...
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Why don't we say Hagomel after driving through a desert?

The Gemara says that four have to say Hagomel: One who went overseas One who went into a desert. One who was [deathly] ill. One who was in prison [on a capital crime]. Everyone (to the best of my ...
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Precut fruit is kosher but not lemon?

I'm confused by what I'm reading here: Fresh fruits and vegetables grown in chutz la’aretz are kosher whether bought whole or cut. Therefore, you may purchase a fresh fruit salad in any ...
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Which synagogues in the Catskill, NY area are active during Shabbat and High Holidays?

I am looking to spend a Shabbat in one of the historic Catskill mountain, NY area synagogues (i.e. any shul located in Sullivan, Orange, Ulster, Greene and Delaware counties.) during the summer as ...
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What degree of confidence must a Jew have in the Kosher status of a given meal before eating it?

Let's say a Jew travels on a long transatlantic flight. There are no food options except the on-board menu and non of them are kosher-certified. In this situation is it okay to choose a safer option (...
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Rules for counting the Omer with a bracha if one cannot say arvit on a flight through Greenland

In the summer on flights from the US to Europe and Israel (when flying north through Greenland), there are situations where one cannot say arvit (the evening's prayer) because it never becomes night ...
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Why don't we care if the Pesach pilgrims get rained on?

After Sukkos, we immediately begin saying mashiv haruach, as it is the rainy season. However, we delay saying v'sein tal umattar, the request for rain, until we have given the pilgrims who came to ...
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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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Return to Egypt: Allowed?

There is an injunction on returning to Egypt. Why was it and is it ignored? For example, how is it that the Rambam an even Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef lived there?
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Travel on same plane as body to Israel?

After a recent death here in South Africa it arose in conversation that there is a problem for mourners to fly on the same plane as the body to its burial in Israel. Aside from Kehuna issues (which ...
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Can someone who lives in Israel visit Eilat?

Can someone who lives in "Halachic" Eretz Israel visit a part of Israel that is not part of its Halachic borders? For example, IIRC, people in Eilat keep two days of Yom Tov. Does that mean that a ...
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Airplane Zmanim [duplicate]

If one is on an airplane, what zmanim does he follow? I see two feasible options: those of where he actually is, and those of the ground below where he is. Zmanim are affected by altitude as well as ...
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May one walk alone at night

Tosfos in Pesachim 2a discuss why Yosef's brothers were not allowed to go by night. Tosfos say that the reason was because they were not familiar with the territory, and they could have fallen in ...
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Can one charge coffee to one's room on Shabbos?

If one goes to a Hotel for Shabbos, can he order a coffee and charge it to his room, or is that forbidden, like other methods of buying food on Shabbos are?