Yeshiva.org.il - The Torah World Gateway
Ask the rabbi Family and Society Aliya

Driving on second day of Chag

Rabbi Elchanan Lewis12 Sivan 5766
1245
Question
We made Aliya a few years ago and love it here! We will be leaving Israel for the first time this coming Sukkot. My question is although I understand I don’t have to keep a second day, is there any way I can drive (obviously public) on the second day of Yom Tov (Simchat Torah) as we are travelling to see relatives, it will make a very big difference to us having that extra day so we won’t be so rushed. I don’t know if it makes a difference but I can wear lets say a baseball cap so people would not think I am Jewish and driving on Chag, also within a short time we will be out of the area with Jews. I would appreciate the Rav’s response.
Answer
The Shulchan Aruch (OC 496) and Mishnah Brurah (ibid 9) clearly state that a Jew from Eretz Yisrael can’t not keep second day Yom-Tov in public, or even in private, doing a Melachah. This is even if you wear a hat and not seen as a Jew.
More on the topic of Aliya

It is not possible to send messages to the Rabbis through replies system.Click here to send your question to rabbi.

את המידע הדפסתי באמצעות אתר yeshiva.org.il