I heard a speaker say the Steipler held that one is not allowed to drive a car because it is potential murder is this true?

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    possible dupe judaism.stackexchange.com/q/45041/759
    – Double AA
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 1:07
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    I don't know if you consider the following mere hearsay, but R. Sternbuch (Teshuvot V'hanhagot I:850) quotes the following story regarding the Steipler: ושמעתי על אחד שבא לפניו שחושש מאד שיקבל עונש חמור על שעבר על חוקי התנועה ורוצה לבקש ברכתו שיפטרו אותו, והגיב במחאה חריפה מאד, שהאמת שראוי לעונש! That is, someone supposedly violated traffic laws came to the Steipler and asked for a blessing that he be let off, but the Steipler angrily responded that he ought to be punished. | From this source alone, one might assume that he was opposed to those who violate traffic laws; not all who drive.
    – mevaqesh
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 2:50
  • @mevaqesh ,wouldn't all Rabbis agree with this?
    – sam
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 2:56
  • Likely; depending on the nature of the violation. | Certainly I didn't mean in any way to imply the contrary. @sam
    – mevaqesh
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 3:03
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    @sam Absolutely not. Unfortunately. They start saying strange things about saving yidden. There were petitions going around to save this guy! en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Grossman
    – user6591
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 12:27

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In the biography on Rav Chaim Kanievsky entitled Rebbetzin Kanievsky, there are stories of the Steipler taking taxis. I recall one story where he takes a cab to pick up his son at the bus on an erev Shabbos.

  • It may nevertheless be forbidden to drive the car itself.
    – mevaqesh
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 6:10
  • Its forbidden to drive a car on Shabbos and its forbidden to cause someone to drive a car on Shabbos even if he drives a taxi.
    – Y K
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 6:35
  • I fail to see your point. Causing others to to perform activities that a person himself is forbidden from performing, is often forbidden. However a) this rule is not universal. b) it is missing from your answer, anyway. Vital information should always be edited into posts themselves.
    – mevaqesh
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 6:38
  • @YK That is not the point. The question and answer deal with driving a car when it is not forbidden for other reasons. Thus, driving being forbidden on Shabbos does not apply. Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 18:31
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    That is a strange name for a biography of Rav Chaim Kanievsky.
    – WAF
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 21:12

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