Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Friday trips


We spent some time on the laws of Fridays a couple of years ago, right before I started this blog to archive the daily emails. We'll spend the next several days reviewing that topic.

Many people are unaware that two of the most fundamental Mitzvot of Shabbat - honoring the day (Kavod) and creating enjoyment for the day (Oneg) - actually apply to the days preceding Shabbat, too. One should plan and prepare during the week, to make Shabbat a day of dignity and enjoyment.

One may not take a long trip on Friday, if that will cause him to arrive at his destination close to Shabbat, without adequate time to prepare for Shabbat.
The definition of "long trip" depends on one's mode of transportation, as the central issue is the travel time rather than the distance. The key is to arrive with enough time to make sure that Shabbat will be an honored and enjoyed day.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 249:1; Mishnah Berurah 249:1)

Have a great day,

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