Audio Roundup 2024:23

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by Joel Rich

From Tradition:
https://traditiononline.org/tradition-questions-airport-lounges-shul-kiddush/
I’d be interested in hearing reactions to the following from the piece:

What questions remain?

In creating a non-tiered community, has Modern Orthodoxy excluded lower economic strata who might have done well at a “lower price point”?

Is a lower middle class Modern Orthodox model tenable? Does it exist “out-of-town”? Why doesn’t it exist in the New York area or in other larger metropolitan centers?

Have our children “bought in” to the upper middle class lifestyle such that they can no longer distinguish between their Judaism and their social economic status?


I found the following online:

My father, Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt”l, ruled that the airport has the status of a desert. Therefore, a resident of Eretz Yisroel is allowed to travel from Eretz Yisroel by plane to the airport on Yom Tov Sheini. Once there, that resident of Eretz Yisroel may do melachah while still in the airport. Since the airport is a place where people are arriving from all over the world, anyone there can assume that you came from Eretz Yisroel (as cited in Yom Tov Sheini Kehilchaso 3:27).

However, there are two reasons why it is forbidden for you to leave the airport. The first is that there is a problem of walking outside the techum. Furthermore, it is a zilzul to Yom Tov Sheini to walk outside the airport. Even if no one who is keeping Yom Tov Sheini knows that you flew in that day, it is still considered a zilzul to Yom Tov Sheini for yourself (see Yom Tov Sheini Kehilchaso 3:30 in the name of many poskim).

You do not need to be concerned that non-religious Jews will see you in the airport on Yom Tov Sheini and think that you have been traveling on Yom Tov. Most of them do not even know about Yom Tov Rishon, and there is therefore no maris ayin for them to see you doing something that is permitted.

ME- I don’t quite understand a few things. In the first paragraph it seems the issue is what will others assume (and why would that they assume be dispositive?)

The reference in the second paragraph focuses zilzul on yourself, but if I read the reference correctly it of bnai chul coming to zilzul.
In the last paragraph. If 51% did know, is it then marit ayin? Is the supposition that they don’t know valid? I would have thought the same zilzul issue would be of concern?


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About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent wannabee cyberspace lecturer on various Torah topics. A Yerushalmi formerly temporarily living in West Orange, NJ, his former employer and the Social Security administration support his Torah listening habits. He is a recovering consulting actuary.

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