There are rumors viral on social media that have emanated from a camp called, “Camp Machne Yehuda” in Lakewood, which stated the following (unedited) Psak in the name of Rav Elya Brudny:
“Camp Machnane Yehuda just got a Psak from Reb Elya Brudny that there’s a big Midas Hadin on mi bamayim and therefore should not go on any water trips. We have therefore cancelled our jet skiing trip scheduled for tomorrow.”
YWN spoke with Rav Elya Brudny, who explained the following, and asked that his Psak be made clear.
“I am not a Posek for anyone. I was asked for advice from many camps, and I gave the same exact response to every one of them.
Normal water activities such as swimming, a cruise, or normal boating are perfectly fine. But water tubing, jet skiing and/or any other “thrill-seeking activity” that flirts with some level of danger — and are only there for the “thrill” – I do not see how a person with a heart when there is clearly a midas hadin out there that manifests itself in mayim, can engage in such activities.”
For those that question this Psak, Rav Brudny mentioned the Rambam Hilchos Taanios Perek Aleph Halacha Gimmel.
“But if they do not cry out and do not sound the alarm, but rather say, ‘this is just the course of how the world works and this tragedy is just happenstance’ – this is the manner of cruelty and causes people to continue to hold on to their evil actions. It further causes more tragedies to happen. This is what is written in Vayikra 26: And you walk with me in keri.. I shall walk with you with anger of keri happenstance.. In other words, when I bring tragedy upon you so that you shall repent – if you say that it is just happenstance – I shall add more tragedy to you.”
אבל אם לא יזעקו ולא יריעו אלא יאמרו דבר זה ממנהג העולם אירע לנו וצרה זו נקרה נקרית, הרי זו דרך אכזריות וגורמת להם להדבק במעשיהם הרעים, ותוסיף הצרה צרות אחרות, הוא שכתוב בתורה ויקרא כ”ו והלכתם עמי בקרי והלכתי עמכם בחמת קרי, כלומר כשאביא עליכם צרה כדי שתשובו אם תאמרו שהוא קרי אוסיף לכם חמת אותו קרי.
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