• What’s Halacha’s Approach to OCD?

    OCD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, affects quite a number of people and has a lot of bearing on halachah. Although it is something that is not directly discussed in poskim, there are some general applicable guidelines that are found throughout Chazal and poskimFull Article

    By Horav Yosef Yeshaya Braun, member of the Badatz of Crown Heights

    OCD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, affects quite a number of people and has a lot of bearing on halachah. Although it is something that is not directly discussed in poskim, there are some general applicable guidelines that are found throughout Chazal and poskim.

    On one hand, there is the concept of “Ve’hevei medakdek b’mitzvah kalah kevachamurah” (“Be as scrupulous in observing a minor mitzvah as a major one”); all mitzvos should be performed in the best possible manner, which is the concept of hiddur mitzvah (beautifying a mitzvah).

    On the other hand, Chazal tell us about the concept of ein l’davar sof (there would be no end to the matter) if reasonable limits were not imposed. For example, the Gemara says we should not be concerned about the remote possibility that a weasel may have carried chometz (leavened food) from one room into another because then there would be no end to bedikas chometz (checking for chometz), with the entire city being rechecked over and over again.

    We also have the concept of “Lo nitnah Torah l’malachei hashares” (The Torah was not given to angels); it was given to earthly beings who were granted the ability to perform its mitzvos.

    A person should attempt to do each mitzvah regardless of its apparent importance, and trust that Hashem is satisfied with their efforts—and not obsess over their performance.

    If a person suffers from OCD and is stressed by certain mitzvos, it is imperative that they discuss it with a rav.

    The rav can then work out a plan in consultation with their medical practitioners to enable them to begin fulfilling these mitzvos besimchah u’vtuv levav (with happiness and gladness of heart), in a manner that is halachically acceptable yet feasible, taking their medical condition into consideration.



    Related Posts:

    *Only proper comments will be allowed
  • Event Calendar

  • Tuesday, Oct 27th, Wedding – Shlome Wolvovsky – CH & Rochel Leah Matusof – Madison, WI @ Oholei Torah
  • Thursday Oct 29th Wedding: Devorah Bennish – Detroit & Mordechai Rubin – London @ Royalty House, MI
  • Sunday, Oct 25th, Sholli Miller – Chicago, IL & Batya Korf – Miami Beach, FL @ Bais Rivka 310 Crown Street
  • Thursday, Oct 22 Wedding: Chaim Boruch Bar-Chaim – CH & Shoshana Pimentelli – CH/TX @ Oholei Torah
  • Thursday, Oct 22 L’Chaim: Sruli Finck – CH & Chaya Mangel – Dayton, OH @ Chovevei Torah 885 Eastern Parkway
  • Tuesday, Oct 20th Wedding: Dovid Kaminetzky – Melbourne, AU & Chaya Okunov – Crown Heights @ Oholei Torah
  • Monday Oct 19 L’Chaim: Ari (Aaron) Levertov – Crown Heights & Debby Rabinowicz – Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Choivevey Torah
  • Monday, Oct 19 2015 Wedding: Mendy Zippel – Salt Lake City, UT & Fraidy Shagalov – Crown Heights @ Oholei Torah
  • Sunday 18th Oct. L’Chaim: Chananya Niassoff – CH & Tzirl Brennan – CH @ Bais Rivkah Crown St
  • Sunday Oct 18th – Wedding: Mendy Edelman – Crown Heights & Sara Lozenik – Miami, FL @ Oholei Torah
  • bnos
  • Tehilim

  • Dov Chaim Ben Rivkah
  • Tzvi Hirsch Ben Guttel
  • Charna Alexandra bas Chana Esther
  • Ettie Bas Alte Miriam
  • Zissel Yehudis Bas Masha
  • Chaim Yosef Yitzchok Ben Sarah Elka
  • Devorah Bas Sarah
  • Boruch Ben Sarah
  • DovBer Ben Dina
  • Sender Ben Chaya Devorah
  • Meaningful Life Center
  • Lost and Found

  • Lost Men’s Heavy Black Winter Jacket Size Large in 770
  • Lost in 770 before Pesach, a black Bradley Jons long coat size 38R. No lining and no belt. Almost brand new! Please call zalman at 347-788-0749
  • Found black hats outside 770, behind the Hatzalah ambulance
  • lost – Chitas bearing a blessing to Shmuel from Sarge. (Sargent Zvi Fisher z..l.v) geulanow@012.net.il or +1-7869427070
  • LOST: in 770 a black Lenovo Intel core i5 laptop in a dark grey laptop bad together with a WD hard drive, if found please call Zalmy 347-788-0749
  • Found: Maroon Chitas
  • Found: Bag of Clothes
  • Found: Leather-Bound Pink Siddur
  • Lost: Box with Mini Shas from YSP
  • Lost: Rose Gold Bangle/Bracelet
  • Classifieds

  • Cook position for a local Mosad
  • Looking for a cook/kitchen manager
  • Administrator for a local Mosad Experience a must, and preferbiligual a bonus poconosmountains@gmail.com
  • Looking for a cook/kitchen manager Experience a must. poconosmountains@gmail.com
  • ‘Beis Mosiach’s’ to give away for free
  • Private Rooms for Men
  • Newly renovated Basement for rent
  • Judaica Store in Crown Heights is Looking to Hire
  • Looking for Work? Opportunity available, for a quick & efficient typist in Williamsburg. For more info: 201-800-1774
  • Lost in 770 Last Week: Transparant Bag of Tefillin, Rashi, R”T, Chitas – in black/grey 770 pouches