Rav Zilberstein Allows Oath To Stop Gambling


After a woman complained to Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein, rov of Bnei Brak’s Ramat Elchonon neighborhood and member of the Degel Hatorah Moetzes, that she was not willing to continue living with her husband because he was gambling in an Arab casino in Yericho and she was afraid this might endanger her family if he got into debt, he asked her whether a shevu’ah (oath) would make him stop. She said she thought it would help.

“Although we had never done this,” he said, “we decided this time to ask the husbandto take an oath.We brought him before an aron hakodesh with sifrei Torah and his wife stood in the ezras noshim, and we made him take an oath.”

Rav Zilberstein said that he relied upon a precedent where Rav Yosef Sholom Elyashiv once agreed to make a woman take an oath that she was not married to a certain person.

David Steger – Matzav.com Israel


  1. Gambling can be an addiction which is all but impossible to break. Those who are in the clutches of this addiction have been known to lie and steal, even from their families and friends.
    May the family have hatzlocha.