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Worse than kitniyot

Kitniyot is a small problem compared to another questionable Pesah practice: observing two days of chag in Erets Yisrael.

Personally I find this highly offensive to the kavod of Erets Yisrael. I'm not alone. Rav Kook too held this way:

In Celebration of the Soul by Rav Moshe Zvi Neriyah (founder of Bnei Akiva youth movement and a disciple of Rav Kook), he writes about a the Keren Kayemet's second seder in 1934. They ask Rav Kook to sponsor and supervise the seder.
He refused, insisting that the second seder was an institution of the Diaspora and would violate the honor of Erets Yisrael.
Then the organizers turned to one of the Rav's students and asked him to supervise the seder--and promised to compensate him generously--but that he needed Rav Kook's approval. Unaware that the Rav had already rejected the idea, the student approached the Rav. Rav Kook was sensitive to his student's financial situation and arrived at a decision:
I will authorize the event, but only if the band of the Jewish Institute for the Blind is invited to play at the seder. Furthermore, the publicity must clearly emphasize the band's appearance. Everyone know that instruments are not played on a festival and that therefore a Pesah seder with musical accompaniment is not a seder.
In the good old days, this was the common practice. As the shuth of minhag kitniyot has increased, we can see that the same outlook as affected *real halacha*.

The same people who so scrupulously--and publicly--observe two days of chag would scream to high heavens if I were to drive around their town on the second day of Pesah in my kipa while they were davening mussaf on the second day of chag.

... But they have no qualms about public displays of Galuth (Exile) in Erets Yisrael. IMNSHO, if they want to observe restrictions of the second day of chag, then they should do it at "home", i.e., wherever they are staying during their visit and daven with the locals--and do their own thing for their Silent Shomona Esrai.

I hope that the Beth HaWaadh of Machon Shilo put this on their agenda for next year. This is a huge chilul HaShem that should end ASAP.


Anonymous said…
I had no idea that Israelis of any stripe did this; I have always had the impression that there was only one day of Chag (Leil Seder is the Israeli term for it, is it not?)

The only other justification might be if these are American minyanim serving American visitors so that they can observe their respective minhagim while *visiting* E"Y. Otherwise, it doesn't make any sense.

Keep up the good work.
A chillul Hashem? You are painfully ignorant of many matters relating to Torah and Halachah. I too live in Eretz Yisrael and keep one day but I understand Yom Tov Shieni is a geder.
(There are kabalistic reasons as well.) Why don't you look at the the very first mishna in pierki avos? But when you publicly spew ignorant posts about Torah matters that you are woefully ignorant of, one can easy say YOU are the huge chillul Hashem!
I do not know who your posek is, but I am sure that he cannot approach Rav AY Kook zt'l whom I quoted.

I am not saying that Rabbanim aren't paskining this way; I am saying that this paskening is problematic.
Anonymous said…
Are you reffering to americans visiting Israel or to Israelis.
I think it may be problematic for Americans to do 2 days in Israel but I never heard of Israelis doing 2 days.

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