Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Halocho #340 - Are the laws of Sotah applicable nowadays?

In Parshat Naso we learn about the Sotah; a wife who has been warned by her husband not to seclude herself with a man she seems [too] friendly with.

If she disobeys - and secludes herself with him - she is forbidden to live with her husband until she is taken to the Bet Hamikdash and giving the Sotah-water to drink to prove her innocence.

It's a Mitzva for a husband to ensure that his wife follows Halacha - especially in matters of modest behavior. However, he has to be careful never to say to her "do not seclude yourself with Mr. so-and-so".

Even warning her privately is a problem, since if she disobeys she may be a Sotah; and nowadays there's no way to give her Sotah-water to drink.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 145:25

- Danny Wednesday, 11 Sivan 5769

Please daven for a complete recovery for Tamar bat Naama - תמר בת נעמה

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