Rav Vosner: Vacationing With A Minyan

vacation placeRav Vosner was asked (Shevet HaLevi 6:21) if it is permissible to vacation in a place where there is no minyan. The writer claimed it should be permitted because the Chiyuv of davening with a Minyan is only in a place that has a minyan. In a place where there is no Minyan, the requirement to daven with a minyan does not exist. He brings proof from Tzadikim who acted this way.

Rav Vosner answers that if you are traveling purely for pleasure, even though you have not actually done something assur, you may not do so. You are not permitted to put yourself in a position where you will then not be required to perform a mitzva that you would have been obligated to do had you not been in that position. It doesn’t matter if it is a mitzva Min HaTorah or M’D’Rabanan. Chiyuv or no Chiyuv, the bottom line is that you have caused a situation where you will now miss Kadish, Borchu, and other mitzvos and you were Mivatel Kiddush Hashem.

If for the sake of your livelihood you live in a place where there is no minyan, then you haven’t done anything wrong. However to put yourself in this situation is assur.

Lastly he says, if a tzaddik traveled to a place that didn’t have a minyan, he either had some sort of halachic justification, or he probably did it for medical or other important reasons. If he did it without any special reason, then Rav Vosner says, “Tzadikim like that I never heard of”.

Author’s Note: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions. Revach

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  1. the din is that one is mechuyav to wear to wear tztzis. but then again that is assuming you have a four cornered beged. so perhaps we should have a shyla about tzitzis too as well as many similiar shylos.

  2. Very good! Your apparently sarcastic question was anticipated by the gemara- almost verbatim. Take out a Menachos see folio 41a.

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