Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Timtum HaLev

In the wake of the Monsey scandal, it seems that many people are worried about Timtum HaLev. In my (and others) opinion, they have nothing to worry about.

The (non-Kabbalistic) source of timtum halev is from the Gemara in Yoma 39a. I will do my best to transliterate: "Tanna D'bai Rav Yishmoel; aveira mitamtemmes libo shel adam, etc."

The gemara says clearly that timtum halev is only by one who commits an aveira. One who is following a psak halacha has nothing to worry about, he has not committed an aveira.

(I am certainly no posek, and don't know halacha nearly as well as I should. Please feel free to correct me where I am wrong.)