Section: Halacha   Category: Tshuvos
Minchas Yitzchok: Can A Man Sit Between Two Women?
The gemara Pesachim (111a) says that a man should not be between two women because it causes Ruach Ra’a when this takes place.  While the gemara uses the broad term M’Matzin “to be in the middle”, Rashi says “Lo Yaavor” he should not pass through.  The Minchas Yitzchok (10:68:2) asks, may a man sit in between two women since only walking between them is a problem or is sitting a danger as well?

He brings proof from Rebbi Yochanan (Bava Metzia 84a) who sat at the gates of the Mikva so that when the women came out they would see him and his holy light and give birth to children as beautiful as him.  The gemara asks why was Rebbi Yochanan not concerned about Ayin Hara.  However the gemara doesn’t ask why he wasn’t concerned that two women would walk on either side of him leaving him in the middle.  He concludes from here since he was sitting there is no problem of being between two women.

Additionally he points out that Tosfos asks why was Rebbi Yochanan was not concerned about the Ruach Ra’a that comes when you “suddenly meet” a women who has come out of the Mikva.  Tosfos answers that he did not suddenly meet them since he was sitting stationary waiting for them and this is not called “suddenly meeting”.  Similarly in our case there should be no danger of Ruach Ra’a if you are sitting and two women walk around you.

Nevertheless he adds that L’Halacha the matter still need careful thought and he was in a great hurry when answering this question.

mportant Note: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be acurate. Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.