Erev Shavuos falls out on motzei Shabbos in Eretz Yisrael this year. The Chief Rabbinate has sent out a special memo instructing hotels to serve guests a fleishig meal on motzei Shabbos simply because serving a hotel level dairy meal is far more complex and the fears of chilul Shabbos and yomtov related to preparing and serving dairy are significantly increased.
While the minhag of dairy is quite widespread, the Chief Rabbinate simply feels the concerns surrounding chilul Shabbos must outweigh all other considerations. The directive also instructs hotels to prepare the dairy dining room for the yomtov meal on erev Shabbos, not on Shabbos.
HaRav Yaniv Cohen, who oversees the hotels for the Chief Rabbinate adds that if a hotel wishes to serve dairy on Shavuos night nonetheless, it can make a request and it will be determined if the hotel kitchen and other components of the operation permit approving such a request.
Click HERE to view the Chief Rabbinate directive to hotels.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)