Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  Page title
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Taking Out the Garbage

Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky was told by a newly married yeshivah student that his wife wanted him to take out the garbage every day. The young talmid chacham complained that it was beneath his dignity to perform such a degrading task. Rav Yaakov heard what he had to say, and agreed that he should not take out the garbage.

That evening, that same yeshivah student answered a knock at his door. To his astonishment, he beheld the revered Rav Yaakov standing there. The rav requested to take out the garbage in order not to degrade the honor of the husband! The young talmid chacham understood the deeper meaning of his visit, and from then on was careful to take out the garbage every day. One of the most unpopular household chores is taking out the garbage. Generally, by process of elimination, this task will wind up being the job of the husband. Can a husband take out the garbage in the morning on the way to prayer?

Chazal only forbid one to take care of one’s own needs when it requires some effort and could divert one’s attention from tefillah. Merely throwing a bag of garbage into the bin is a simple act and therefore is permitted. The same is true of other small household tasks, such as putting laundry in the washing machine and making the beds (Rav Shlomo Zalman Aeurbach as cited in Halichos Shlomo 2,5).

Refusing to take out the garbage could cause strife between a husband and wife. Since marital tranquility is a mitzvah, a husband can consider taking out the garbage cheftzei Shamayim and a permissible task before tefillah. However, a wife should be careful not to burden her husband with too many chores before tefillah, so that her husband can pray properly (heard from Rav Ezriel Auerbach).


Text Copyright © 2013 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 

ARTICLES ON KI SEITZEI AND ELUL / ROSH HASHANAH:

View Complete List

Teshuva—Fencing in the Enemy
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5765

Guaranteed Eternity
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5762

Cause and Effect
Shlomo Katz - 5762

ArtScroll

Blowing Shofar
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5774

Everything Depends on Our Teshuvah
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

Month of Elul: The Power of Repentance
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

The Sound of True Devotion
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5763

Diminishing Returns
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5756

The Time Is Now
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5759

> Where there's a Cause, there's an Effect
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5757

Wordless Prayers
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5771

Building Fences
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5772

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Shofar - Past and Present
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5762

Double Standards
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5766

Tough Love
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5768

The Sounds of the Shofar
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information