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To: safisoft

How exactly would the Sabbath be defined for a voyager who circumnavigated the globe? Conventional usage would be that such a voyager would gain/lose a day upon crossing the International Date Line, but nothing in the Torah marks the location of such a line, does it?


231 posted on 05/17/2005 5:33:23 PM PDT by supercat (Sorry--this tag line is out of order.)
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To: supercat
How exactly would the Sabbath be defined for a voyager who circumnavigated the globe?

In terms of practical halachah this can be broken down into three situations:

1. The international date line in halachah

2. Sabbath in space (eulogy for astronaut Ilan Ramon A"H)

3. Sabbath near the Arctic Circle (where there is 6 months day and 6 months night)

237 posted on 05/17/2005 5:49:19 PM PDT by Alouette (Muslims bite the hand that feeds them, and kiss the boot that kicks them.)
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To: supercat
How exactly would the Sabbath be defined for a voyager who circumnavigated the globe? Conventional usage would be that such a voyager would gain/lose a day upon crossing the International Date Line, but nothing in the Torah marks the location of such a line, does it?

Time is local. When the sun sets, and when it rises. As for day of the week, I am not sure, but I would asume that it would follow the westward travel of the sun etc. There is some precedent that I am aware of, and that has to do with some holy days been two days out of the land, so as to intersect.
240 posted on 05/17/2005 6:05:40 PM PDT by safisoft (Give me Torah!)
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