Rosh Yeshiva Responds
Rabbi Linzer answers halakhic questions from rabbis and community members

2 04, 2023

Flying back to Chutz La’Aretz from Israel on Second Day of Yom Tov

April 2nd, 2023|Land of Israel / State of Israel, Moadim, Orach Chayim, Pesach|


New York

If someone was in Israel for Pesach and only keeping one day of chag, would they be able to fly back to America on Yom Tov Sheni, once you leave Israel?
Does it matter if you don’t land until chag is over in chutz laaretz?
How would you handle a layover if it’s permitted?


If an Israeli or American who lives a good part of the year in Israel and can reasonably be called a בן ארץ ישראל—ben eretz yisrael comes to the US on Yom Tov Sheni (second day of Yom Tov), they can treat the day as chol ha’moed as

15 02, 2023

Saying V’Ten Tal U’Matar for a Visitor to Israel from Chutz La’aretz

February 15th, 2023|Land of Israel / State of Israel, Minhag, Orach Chayim, Shema and Shemoneh Esrei, Tefillah|


Riverdale, NY

For people traveling to Israel during a time when those in Israel are already saying v’ten tal u’matar livracha, but we in chutz la’aretz (the diaspora) are not yet saying it, does one keep one’s diaspora practice in Israel or adopt the Israel practice for the few days that one is there?


The Mishnah Berurah (MB 117:5) says to keep practices of the place from which you originate, and not say it.

However, for my part, I cannot see being in Israel,

6 03, 2021

Orlah and Kilayim outside of Israel

March 6th, 2021|Agricultural Mitzvot, Yoreh De'ah|


California, USA

We are looking at planting some new trees in our backyard and I found some fruit trees that I am interested in.

There are some trees that are grafted with multiple varieties of the same fruit (e.g fuji, gravenstein, red delicious, etc) so all are apples and similarly there are some with a variety of plums.

Additionally, I also found a tree, in a different nursery, that is called “the fruit salad”, as it is grafted with multiple types of fruit (e.g. 1 tree with a branch for each fruit; peach, nectarine, plum, and apricot).

Can you please clarify any halakhic issues