• May my Husband Take a Trip During First Year?

    The halachah is that during shanah rishonah (the first year of marriage) a married man may not serve in the army or be tasked (even financially) with the security of the city. Written by Horav Yosef Yeshaya Braun, member of the Badatz of Crown Heights • Full Article

    Written by Horav Yosef Yeshaya Braun, member of the Badatz of Crown Heights

    We are in our First Year of Marriage. May my Husband Take a Trip?

    The halachah is that during shanah rishonah (the first year of marriage) a married man may not serve in the army or be tasked (even financially) with the security of the city.

    Many Rishonim rule that leaving home for an extended period of time is also forbidden, and that is the view commonly followed. According to some poskim, this is the case even if the wife grants permission.

    There are poskim who are stringent and even prohibit taking a trip l’tzorech parnasah (for financial reasons). If the couple would otherwise be unable to support themselves properly, there is room for leniency, but even then it should only be undertaken with the wife’s consent.

    If the trip is l’tzorech mitzvah (for the purpose of a mitzvah), such as traveling to learn Torah, or if the husband is expected to return the same day, it is permitted.

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