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the Problems of a Three-day Yomtov

By Gldmeier @gldmeier
This year Rosh Hashana falls out on Thursday and Friday, followed by Shabbos. The classic "three-day yomtov"..
If you are anything like me, the worst thing about 3-day yomtov is the shower situation.. The next worst thing is probably the food preparation - heating, reheating, cooking, leaving fires on, using timers, etc...
It turns out there are other problems as well..
The Rabbanut kashrut division has to deal with the issue of milking cows.. by law, all dairy farms have to have storage vats for the milk that can hold 48 hours worth of milk. That means many dairy farms around Israel will not have enough storage for a holiday that will last 72 hours.
True, rare as it is, this is not the first time we are having a 3-day yomtov in Israel. I do not know what they did last time - maybe they found the same solution as now.
the problems of a three-day yomtov
Rav Chaggai Bar-Giyyora of the Rabbanut has instructed dairy farmers that do have vats large enough to store 72 hours worth of milk that they will not be allowed to transport milk during the holiday. Dairy farmers with vats that only hold 48 hours worth of milk will be allowed to transport milk - but only on Friday, the 2nd day of Rosh Hashana (when there is room for leniency on some issues) and only via a non-Jewish driver.
Rav Bar-Giyyora stressed that such milk transported on Rosh Hashana will only be sold bearing the regular kosher label and not as mehadrin kosher. Mehadrin kosher milk will not be transported on Rosh Hashana or shabbos, not even via a non-jewish driver.
(source: INN)
If you eat or drink only mehadrin and were concerned about buying your  milk after Rosh Hashana, you can breathe easy - the mehadrin milk will not be from those batches of milk. I guess it means the dairy farms selling milk as mehadrin all must have the larger tanks for milk storage.
I guess it also means that the companies like Tnuva and Tara, and others, will have to have their milk intake centers open on Rosh Hashana (Friday) for receiving the milk from the farmers. Or else to where are the non-Jewish drivers going to be transporting all that milk?
oy.. the problems of a three-day yomtov.. at least it is relatively rare out here...
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