Weekly Living Torah Video: Crossing the Line, 1961

When Rabbi Yoel Kahn discovered that his Shabbos guest had crossed the International Date Line during the Omer Count, he realized that for him, Shabbos was already the fiftieth day of the Omer, and the festival of Shavuos. Uncertain of what his guest should do, he advised him to approach the Rebbe directly as he left the synagogue following the Morning Services.


  • 1. can someone ask him wrote:

    why no 2 days tomtov?

    he says motze shabos was a regular day

    • 2. Milhouse wrote:

      He was a resident of Eretz Yisroel, and there’s a well-known machlokes between Lubavitcher Rabbonim about the Alter Rebbe’s psak in chapter 1 the 2nd edition. At the time this happened the consensus psak was that Bnei EY should only keep one day when visiting chu”l. That really changed over the course of the 5730s, but there are still prominent rabbonim who pasken that way.

  • 4. Maybe wrote:

    Could be he was an israeli, where they only have one day of yom tov

  • 5. Anonymous wrote:

    No two days for he was a Yid from Eretz Yisroel who celebrates 1 day Shavuos

  • 6. to number 1 wrote:

    Because the guest was from Israel, and the Halocho is a guest from Israel in chutz learetz only keeps one day, and a guess from chu”l in israel keeps two days.
    [I know that there are many who “changed” this Halocho based on the AR shu”a in Mahadura Basra siman 1 – but the Rebbe Rashab and the Rebbe both clearly said to act like the original Halocho]

  • 8. 2 levels in Matan torah wrote:

    I am trying to understand the rebbe’s answer to reb yoel at the farbrengen.

    if the alter Rebbe clearly writes that halachacally there is no connection between Matan Torah and Yom tov shavuos, what would be the makor or explanation to the Rebbe’s explanation that the 2nd level of Matan Torah is indeed connected to shavuos/sefiras haomer?

    • 9. Milhouse wrote:

      If you get as far as the Zohar section in Tikkun, you will see that sefiras ho’omer is a preparation for matan torah. Therefore if one has completed the sefirah it stands to reason that he is ready to receive the Torah, even if it isn’t being given today.

    • 10. I also had the same question as #8 wrote:

      I had the same issue with the Rebbe’s explanation, and yes we know the Zohar that Milhouse mentions but so did the Alter Rebbe, and he chose to write specifically in Shulchan aruch not like the Zohar in terms of HALACHA.

      Are we that quick to say that this is yet another Chidush from the Rebbe or is there something we are just not understanding well?

    • 11. Milhouse wrote:

      No, it’s not a chiddush at all, and it has nothing to do with halacha. The 5th of Sivan is not the anniversary of mattan torah, and therefore the person should not have said “zeman matan toroseinu”. But since he had completed his preparations for mattan torah, it was his personal kabolas hatorah, and therefore the Rebbe wished him a successful one.

  • 12. These short clips are great wrote:

    if JEM and the others can keep clips down to under 10 minutes in length to just about 7 minutes, many more ppl would be listening to them, i know i do, and i could not hang on for 15 minutes or more sorry Rabbi Jacobson…


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