Saturday, May 8, 2010

When do I become Israeli?


We have noted the difference in observance of Yom Tov Sheni, the second day of Yom Tov, in Israel and outside of Israel. At what point is a non-Israeli considered Israeli?

Some authorities rule based on acquiring a permanent dwelling - see R' Moshe Feinstein in Igrot Moshe Orach Chaim 3:74. Others require twelve months, based on Bava Batra 7b. There is still further debate regarding one whose plans are uncertain; Rav Moshe Feinstein (Igrot Moshe Orach Chaim 4:108) ruled that one who is scouting in Israel still observes the second day of Yom Tov.

The Aruch haShulchan (Orach Chaim 496:5) ruled that one who has decided to move to Israel, and is in the process of overcoming a specific obstacle, is considered an Israeli already.

Have a great day,

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