Sunday, June 04, 2006
Were you mekabeil Shabbos early on Shavuos?
Many people have the practice of not davening ma'ariv before the zman when going from first day yom tov (which has a kedusha d'oraysa) to second day (which has a kedusha derabbanan) so as not to diminish from the kedushas hayom of the first day. I do not want to get into a debate whether m'ikar hadin that is correct. However, if that is your practice, then what about this Friday - did you wait until at least after shkiya to daven ma'ariv, or did you make early shabbos, as in the practice in many places during the summer? I ask because a local Rav was under the impression that this is 'mefurash' (his words) permitted by the Magen Avraham. The MG"A (siman 427) writes that since the heter of cooking on Yom Tov for Shabbos according to Rabbah (Pesachim 46) is based on the fact that the food may be needed for Yom Tov guests, the cooking should be completed early in the day while guests may indeed come. To remind people to finish their prepration early, on a 'yom tov hasamuch l'shabbos' a yom tov which adjoins shabbos, one should therefore accept shabbos early (see http://divreichaim.blogspot.com/2006/05/cooking-on-yom-tov-for-shabbos-ii.html). B'mechilas kvodo, I question whether the 'mefurash' Magan Avraham applies at all to our case. B'pashtus, the MG"A is talking about the second day of Y"T which adjoins shabbos, in which case one is subtracting from a kedushas yom tov sheni derabbanan to welcome shabbos early and avoid a potential bishul problem according to Rabbah. Does the same apply to subtracting from a Y"T rishon with a kedusha d'oraysa, where what one gains in tosefes shabbos is a loss of tosefes keduashas yom tov d'oraysa? I think that is a legitimate chiluk to at least give one pause. I am curious what others did and why - comments appreciated.