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How C.B.S. N.B.C. And A.B.C. Found Their Way Into Hilchos Yichud

Recently, while learning the halachos of a Yichud [seclusion] I came across something very interesting. It is pemitted for one woman to seclude herself with two men, on condition that those men are "kshairim" and not "prutzim". What classifies a man as a "parutz"? The Gemara doesn't tell us so it is up to the Poskim to figure it out themselves.

Rav Vosner [Shevet Halevi Vol. 5 simman 202] and Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach [quoted in "toras hayichud"] rule that someone who watches T.V. or movies is a "parutz" because such a person does not appreciate the stringency of laws relating to sexual purity. If he did then he wouldn't watch shows that display scantily clad women and sexually suggestive rhetoric - which is just about every show and movie.

Yichud is forbidden even with two such people.

I have to assume there are other Rabbis that might disagree with Rabbi Auerbach's interpretation as esteemed as he is.

I have to assume there are other Rabbis that might disagree with Rabbi Auerbach's interpretation as esteemed as he is.

Fair enough. Name one. :-)

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