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

You're Being Followed by Mitzvos...
Shlomo Katz - 5759

And Straight Again!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

War-n Out
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5759

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Wayward Son
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5760

Ideas for Inspiration
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760

After the Death Sentence
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5761

ArtScroll

A Time to Remember and Be Inspired
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

Let the King Be Proud
Rabbi Chaim Flom - 5767

So It Is Written
Rabbi Label Lam - 5765

Looking for a Chavrusah?

There is a Treasure
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

Out & Up
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5761

A Dvar Torah
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

> The Weigh to the Real War
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

The Mystical Tug of the Shofar
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5766

Of Fashions and Foods
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

Happy New Year!
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5762



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