P’sak for Those in EY Traveling to Eilat for Pesach

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rav-elyashiv1The Kol Halacha newsletter in Eretz Yisroel has reported a p’sak of Maran Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv regarding those who choose to travel south to Eilat for Pesach. Because Eilat is not part of Eretz Yisroel, the newsletter states, Rav Elyashiv paskened that those who travel there for Pesach must keep two days of Yom Tov, thus requiring them to hold two sedorim, unlike those who reside in Eretz Yisroel proper who make one seder.

Harav Tzvi Pesach Frank is quoted as ruling that Eilat has the din of Eretz Israel in this regard. Harav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach paskened that it is like chutz la’aretz and one must keep a second day of Yom Tov, while Harav Elyashiv has ruled that one must adhere to the chumros of both locales – chutz la’aretz and Eretz Yisroel.

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}


  1. I do not understand this halacha, even frum
    Israelis who come to America for Peasch only have one seder and on the second day yom tov put tefillin (for those that put tefillin on on Chol Hamoed) on Betzina. So what am I missing

  2. Bernie, Rav Elyshiv holds that Eilat has din of Chutz Laaretz. You do there what you do in New York. There are different opinions how should a ben eretz yisroel behave on yom tov sheini.

  3. but they dont have two sederum even when they are in chutz laaretz, its a bruch lavatlah, so the article has some missing info

  4. Rav Moshe Feinstein paskens that a ben Eretz Yisroel who finds himself in Chutz La’aretz for Pesach is required to make a second seder for he is required to act in accordance with the minhag of the place. He should make the seder, although any relevant brachos (kiddush,etc.) he should act as if he is “yotzeh” through the brochah of a ben Chutz La’aretz.

  5. The above p’sak is regarding the Pesach Seder, which is considered a public act, in a case where failure to make a Pesach Seder would bring notice upon one’s self. Private acts such as davening and tefillin, should be performed according to the the minhag of Eretz Yisroel.

  6. Rav Moshe Sternbuch already wrote that in his tshuvos a number of years ago. If i remember correctly it is based on the fact that th eshluchie baeis din only went ot places where jews lived – so even b’zman hamikdash they never went to eilat.


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