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Car Accidents

In a letter dated Monday, Parshas Vayeishev in the year 1988, R’ Shmuel Wosner[1] was asked for his opinion as to why there were an increase in car accidents during that period. One reason, he writes, is because of the sins that are committed on the road, as is known.[2] These cause spiritual evil forces to be created that are now present on the road and they snatch people in the guise of car accidents. At times, even innocent people fall into their clutches.[3]


Another reason, he writes, is that people don’t perform the chessed of giving a ride to those who are waiting for a hitch.[4] Many times, this falls under the category of זה נהנה וזה לא חסר,[5] this one benefits (hitchhiker in this case) and this one doesn’t lose (the driver).

[1] Shevet Halevi 7:11.

[2] R’ Sternbuch (Teshuvos V’hanhagos, 3:76) writes that included in חיות רעות (literally evil animals) that we say in Tefilas Ha’derech, are car drivers that drive like חיות רעות.

[3] See Shemos 12:22, Rashi.

[4] It has been said that giving a ride to people falls under the category of the great mitzva הכנסת אורחים, hospitality to guests.

[5] Baba Kamma 20a.

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