Rabbi Meir Mazuz, Rosh Yeshivas Kisei Rachamim in Bnei Brak and one of Israel’s most respected poskim, has released a psak halacha that one should not fly from Israel on Motzoei Shabbos for fear of Chilul Shabbos.
During his weekly shiur, Rabbi Mazuz cited a ruling from the late posek Rabbi Ovadia Yosef that one should not get married on Motzoei Shabbos due to Chilul Shabbos. Rabbi Mazuz applied this to flying abroad as well.
Rabbi Mazuz explained it is preferable not to fly on Motzoei Shabbos, noting that in 5763, he flew abroad for the first time to raise funds for his institutions.
His flight was on Motzoei Shabbos with the plane departing at 10:00 PM. At the time he was suffering significant pain and had forgotten the medicine he had brought with him on the phone.
“I asked myself why is this happening to me?” Rabbi Mazuz recounted.
Rabbi Mazuz said he later learned a talk from the Rebbe stating that one should not fly on Motzoei Shabbos out of Israel since preparations for the flight are carried out on Shabbos.
“They do as they please, but we must know one should not fly on Motzoei Shabbos,” the rabbi concluded.