Section: Halacha   Category: Tshuvos
Rav Moshe Shternbuch: Palm Reading Is Not The Problem, "Mekubalim" Are

A self proclaimed Mekubal came to town claiming to read palms. Rav Moshe Shternbuch (4:196) was asked if it is incumbent on people to take a stand against him.

He answered that the Zohar says that from the palm of a hand one's Mazal can be seen. Although we say Ein Mazal L'Yisroel, we all have Mazal but as Yidden we are not tied to it and with great zeechusim we can break ourselves free of it. Therefore palm reading definitely can reveal things about the future, which can be a very impressive feat.

On the other hand, says Rav Shternbuch, often times a Mekubal can err and become a laughing stock, thereby instead of being Mikarev people with his palm reading he may end up making a bad name and bitter taste for real tzaddikim. Therefore even if a Mekubal knows this Chochma he will receive greater reward for abstaining from it than by using it. However one cannot say that it is assur to do.

However if this "Mekubal" charges high fees for this "service" and fools naive people, then it should be stopped. If he only reads palms and give brachos then we cannot stop him. Rav Shternbuch says that he saw an entire sefer written by the reknowned Mekubal Rav Yaakov Hillel against Mekubalim who have made a business out of it. These people have no intention of davening for their petitioners and tell them that giving money is the answer to their woes.

At the end he writes that we are fortunate to go innocently with Hashem and do not force others how to act. We allow everyone to choose their own path, as long as it doesn't go against our Holy Torah.

Important Note: We bring this tshuvah as a starting point for discussion and not to convey any halacha. We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. One should learn the tshuva to verify the accuracy of our interpretation. Please understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.