by the flu ridden Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths
Rav Aviner is a leading rav among the mizrachi in Israel. He answers short halachic questions via SMS, kind of a Twitter teshuvot. While I don’t agree with all of his teshuvot and he’s not my rav, I greatly appreciate how he gets to the core of issues (not much choice in an SMS response). And his answers sometimes make me laugh.
The following questions were asked:
Q: Our debt continues to grow. Is there a Segula [a spiritual shortcut to a blessing] to reverse this trend?
A: Certainly. You should spend less than you bring in and not rely on the miracle of overcoming the rules of mathematics. The Tur wrote that one should limit his expenses. And the Mishnah Berurah wrote that this is a harsh criticism against those who are enticed to spend money on luxuries without seeing the consequences, which will lead to theft and disgrace in the end. Biur Halachah chap. 529. One should plan well.
Q: Is there such a thing as a Dybbuk (a possessive spirit believed to be the dislocated soul of a deceased person who invades a living person)?
A: Yes, but the majority of times what is referred to as a Dybbuk is in fact a mental issue. When the Satmar Rebbe visited Israel, they brought him a person with a Dybbuk, so he could remove it. He said: Send him to a good psychologist.