Section: Halacha   Category: Tshuvos
Rav Binyomin Zilber - Phone Calls Before Davening
The Shulchan Aruch (OC 89:2) paskens that you may not go and greet someone before davening. Rav Ephraim Greenblatt asked Rab Binyomin Zilber (Uz Nidbiru 14:34) if it is permitted to greet someone on the telephone before davening. While Rav Greenblatt wanted to argue that speaking into a telephone is not actually speaking since only electronic signals are being transmitted, Rav Zilber was unsure of that Heter.

However Rav Zilber paskened that it is mutar since calling on the telephone would not have a din of going to the person's house to greet him, but rather the din of meeting someone on the street. In that case you may even say "Sholom" which is Hashem's name, although some hold that it is better to refrain from using it even in a chance encounter.

However says Rav Zilber if it is your parents or in-laws where there is a Mitzvas Aseh you can be Meikil. Nevertheless he says it is better to day Brachos first (See Mishnah Brura SK 15). It should be noted that these halachos only apply to initiating a greeting but if someone greets you first, you may alwys reply.

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.