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Nov 1, 2022

Interesting Psak: Election supervisors dont need to daven mincha

Rav Moshe Harari, a posek and author, went to Rav Asher Weiss to ask a question confirming what someone else paskened. Someone in a yeshiva had paskened that anybody manning a voting station (to oversee proper order and voting and prevent voter fraud) and is station in a polling station in an Arab community is exemtp from his obligation to pray during that time because the Shulchan Aruch paskens that smeone busy with community affairs is exempt from his obligation to daven, so in the case of election day, someone manning such a booth would be exempt from davening mincha.

Rav Harari went to Rav Asher Weiss to ask his opinion on this matter.

Rav Weiss responded paskening that a person manning the booth is exempt from davening mincha. However, he added, if there is another Jew at the polling statino that is there to prevent fraud, then the first is not exempt and can rely on the other to prevent fraud while he davens. He himself is only exempt if he is the only Jew present.

Rav Weiss added that there is a consideration regarding people who man the booths both lshem shamayim and because they pay well, if perhaps the pay detracts from the mitzva aspect and then they would no longer be exempt form davening. Rav Weiss paskened that because they are going to dangerous places, even though they are getting paid it is clear the main purpose is the mitzva, so they are still exempt.

source: INN

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