You have a halachic question. Unknown to you, there is a dispute on the matter. Some rule as (A) and some rule as (B). You ask your Rav. He will give you one of three answers:

(1) The answer is (A).

(2) There is a dispute on the matter. Some rule as (A) and some rule as (B). But I rule as (A) and that's what you must do since you are a member of my community.

(3) There is a dispute on the matter. Some rule as (A) and some rule as (B). So you can do either one.

Which is the best rabbinical answer? Or are they halachically equivalent?

  • 1
    What is the difference between 1 and 2
    – Double AA
    Jun 22, 2021 at 12:54
  • (1) doesn't want to burden you and gives you a simple, direct answer, his preferred. (2) tells you more, but adds that if you want to be a member of his community you must do as he says. (3) gives you a choice. Jun 22, 2021 at 13:00
  • Given the mitzva of talmud torah, the more info the rabbi can sneakingly teach someone the better. But that has nothing to do with his responsibility to answer a halakhic question. That's all I can see different between 1 and 2. Am I missing something?
    – Double AA
    Jun 22, 2021 at 13:14
  • 1
    A jew needs to know the whole Torah, including all the disputes. But that's not what you are asking about here
    – Double AA
    Jun 22, 2021 at 13:33
  • 1
    These aren't all the options.
    – Shlomy
    Jun 22, 2021 at 15:04

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The best Rabbinical answer would be either be 1 or 2 depending on the knowledge of the questioner. Some people get confused when they hear a multitude of opinions, they only want the final Psak Halacha. Option number 3 isn't a great option unless he would say normally the Psak is like this but because of extenuating circumstances one can rely on the lenient opinions.

  • It honestly depends on the case. You can't declare a "best" answer, as any given answer of the three is the "best" for what it is answering.
    – Yehuda
    Jun 23, 2021 at 18:05

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