For the week ending 10 July 2010 / 27 Tammuz 5770

The Third Party

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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Question: As a student in a yeshiva far away from home I rent an apartment together with a fellow student and we share the expenses. An old friend of my partner recently arrived at our yeshiva and wishes to join us in our apartment. My partner is all for consenting, but I have some serious reservations about adding another party to our limited living quarters. What is the right thing to do?

Answer: From a halachic point of view you have every right to object to the crowding of your apartment. You must consider, however, what sort of an effect your objection will have on the partner with whom you must go on sharing your apartment. If it is going to destroy a relationship that is important to you, perhaps you should make a special effort to adjust to a new situation.

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