Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Remaining above suspicion


Aside from the basic prohibition against a man being secluded with a woman to whom he is prohibited, one must also make sure to remain above suspicion of immoral conduct. This applies, in particular, to one who represents Torah in his public persona.

For example, the Shulchan Aruch notes that a Torah scholar may not live [on an on-going basis] in a house where he could easily be secluded with a widow, lest that feed into rumors.

(Shulchan Aruch Even haEzer 22:17; Beit Shmuel Even haEzer 22:18)

Have a great day,

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