Rav Chaim Kanievsky: May Shiluach Hakan Be Done Remotely?

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Rav Chaim Kanievsky was asked whether a person confined to a wheelchair may fulfill the mitzvah of shiluach hakeinby having someone else do the mitzvah on his behalf. Or perhaps it is better for him to set an alarm clock and have someone place it by the mother bird to chase her away when it rings.

Rav Chaim replied: “The mitzvah of shiluach hakein is a mitzvah involving the body and cannot be fulfilled through a messenger. But the second option is effective, to place something that rings so that the dove flies away. This helps even for someone who is somewhere else. He should ask someone to place the alarm clock next to the dove so that through the ringing it flies away.”

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}

3 COMMENTS

  1. Kvar horah Hazoken. I am having trouble though understanding why the alarm clock works to perform a mitzvah shebgufo. Anybody out there that can help?

    • What about going to a Bais Medrash and cracking open a sefer? You’ll be amazed at the gishmakkeit you’ll get.

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