Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Chapter 74:1
Embarking on Ships

1. It is forbidden to embark on a sea journey less then three days before the commencement of Shabbos (1) ( i.e., from Wednesday onwards (2) ). If, however, one is journeying for the sake of a mitzvah ("religious obligation") (3), it is permitted even on Friday.

FOOTNOTES:

(1) There are varying opinions among the commentators as to the basis of this prohibition, however, the one accepted by the Shulchan Aruch is that travelling on the ocean upsets one's system (sea-sickness, etc.) in a way that would detract from one's enjoyment of Shabbos ("Oneg Shabbos"), and it can take up to three days to recover. Since this reasoning doesn't apply to travelling on a river, these restrictions wouldn't apply (see tomorrow's Halacha Yomi).

(2) This is the ruling of the Mogen Avraham (248:2) and the Shulchan Oruch HoRav (248:1). The Vilna Gaon, however, maintains that the Shabbos is included in these three days, and thus the prohibition begins on Thursday.

(3) Some authorities rule that if one is going on a business trip or even to visit a friend, then it is the equivalent (within the context of this particular prohibition) of travelling to perform a mitzvah, and one may therefore embark on Friday. According to these authorities, only leaving for a vacation is prohibited less than 3 days before Shabbos.

      Embarking on Ships
Paragraphs 2
Next
Table of Contents

Halacha-Yomi, Copyright (c) 2000 ProjectGenesis, Inc.

 






ARTICLES ON MASEI AND THE THREE WEEKS:

View Complete List

True Wealth
Shlomo Katz - 5769

They Can Assure a Cure
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

Who Makes Up The Rules?
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5759

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

A Day of Rebuilding
Rabbi Label Lam - 5761

Crossover Holiness
Shlomo Katz - 5760

A Future Built on the Past
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5759

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Body Language
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5771

In Touch with Reality
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

Delivery From G-d Through Your Mouth
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760

ArtScroll

Certified Kosher
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

Fix the World
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5759

Rebuilding the Temple
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5768

> Journey from Egypt to the World-to-Come
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5761

Not Very Promising
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5759

Kamtza and Bar-Kamtza
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5758

A Body and Soul Job
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5766



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information