Q&A Attack on Israel from Gaza

Hamas as Agent of Hashem
Q: Is Hamas an agent of Hashem, causing us to atone for our transgressions?  And if not, why doesn't Hashem destroy them and make it easier for Am Yisrael?
A: For the same reason that since the time of Kayin there are evil people and murderers in the world (see Ha-Rav's book "Ve-Gavar Yisrael" which discusses the problem of evil in the world and why bad things happen to good people).

Missile Fire
Q: Does one who goes out of his house during missile fire, violate "Guard your soul very carefully" (Devarim 4:10).
A: One is always obligated to follow directives of the Home Front Command and not try to outsmart them.

Warning Siren in the Middle of Shemoneh Esrei
Q: What should a person do if he is in the middle of the Shemoneh Esrei and hears a warning siren for an incoming missile?
A: He should run to the bomb shelter and continue to Daven the Shemoneh Esrei there.  This is based on two factors: 1. It is a case of a life-threatening situation.  2. Walking in the middle of the Shemoneh Esrei without speaking is not considered an interruption.  For example, if I am Davening the Shemoneh Esrei and a child is bothering me to the point that I cannot concentrate, I can move to another place.  Or if I am Davening by heart and I cannot remember "Ya'ale Ve-Yavo," I can go and get a Siddur. Speaking is forbidden, but there is no problem of moving if there is a need (Mishnah Berurah 104:2).  Therefore, if I am in the middle of the Shemoneh Esrei and I hear a warning siren for an incoming missile, I should go to the bomb shelter without talking and continue to Daven where I left off (Piskei Teshuvot, Orach Chaim 104.  Shut Be'er Moshe 3:13.  Nes Lehitnoses by Ha-Rav Yoel Schwartz at the end, in the Q&A of Ha-Rav Yitzchak Zilberstein during the Gulf War #39). 

Missiles Will Not Fall on the City of…
Q: A Rabbi said that missiles will not fall in a particular city.  Is it permissible to rely on him and not enter the bomb shelter?
A: In general, one should obey the directives of the Home Front Command.  But you should ask the Rabbi directly (These were the words of Ha-Rav Chaim Kanievsky regarding Bnei Brak, based on the promise of the Chazon Ish.  However, I heard that Rav Kanievsky said that one should go into the bomb shelter in order to feel distress with the rest of Am Yisrael.  See Rashi on Shemot 17:12).

Torah Learning for Protection
Q: If I learn Torah in order to protect myself from the missiles, is it considered a violation of "One who makes unworthy use of the crown [of Torah] shall pass away" (Pirkei Avot 1:13)?
A: No.  It is considered learning Torah not for its own sake (see Nefesh Ha-Chaim, Sha'ar #4.  Shut Yechaveh Daat 3:73).

Feelings during Times of Distress
Q:  During this time, should we be frightened, recite Tehillim and Daven, based on the idea that we should cry out to Hashem during a time of distress, or should we not get excited and continue in our routine in order to show that we will not bow to terror and will not be scare us?
A: Continue on with strength and courage during our state of war, which began with the establishment of the State of Israel.  But a courageous person also Davens to Hashem, as we see with Yaakov Avinu before his meeting with Esav: He sent gifts, Davened and prepared for war (Rashi on Bereshit 32:9).

Helping Tzahal
Q: What can I do in order to help Tzahal be victorious?
A: Repent, Daven and give Tzedakah.  It is already certain, however, that Tzahal will be victorious, but you can help make the process faster and less costly. 

Sleeping in a Bomb Shelter
Q: It is permissible for me to sleep in a bomb shelter with my husband if other men are also there?
A: Yes, in a corner.

 Adding to the Prayers
Q: In light of the situation, should we add prayers to the Davening?
A: There is no need.  This is the normal state of war with our enemies, which has been going on since the establishment of the State of Israel.

Wedding in Ashdod
Q: Is it permissible to travel to a wedding in Ashdod (in Southern Israel) which is in range of the Kassam and Grad rockets or is it forbidden based on the commandment of "You shall surely safeguard your soul" (Devarim 4:15, 23:11)?
A: It is permissible.  There is a clear distinction in Halachah between a high-probability danger and a low-probability danger.  If this were not the case, we would not be able to travel in a car since every year, to our great distress, six hundred people are killed in car accidents in Israel.  Many more people have been killed in car accidents since the establishment of the State of Israel than all of the Kassam rockets and all of the terrorist attacks and all of the wars, even when they are added together.  We nonetheless travel in cars, obviously with the required cautions, since this is called "a non-frequent damage" in Halachah (Pesachim 8b).  In our time there are statistical tools to verify the frequency of a danger.  There is a halachic responsum on this subject by Ha-Gaon Ha-Rav Yitzchak Zilberstein, Rabbi of "Ramat Elchanan" (neighborhood in Bnei Brak).  A student was learning in a yeshiva in "Yesha" (Yehudah, Shomron or Gush Katif) and his parents were concerned about the danger.  Rav Zilberstein proves that "a frequent damage" is five percent.  This means that if – G-d forbid – five percent of the students of the yeshiva were murdered, it would be forbidden to learn in that yeshiva.  This is obviously far from reality - Baruch Hashem - since the Kassam and Grad rockets are not killing five percent of the population.  In fact, Ha-Gaon Ha-Rav Yitzchak Isaac Herzog in Shut Heichal Yitzchak proves based on Shut Rabbi Akiva Eiger (#60) that a frequent danger is not five percent, but one in a thousand, but - Baruch Hashem - Kassam and Grad rockets are not killing one in a thousand people either.   
Furthermore, it is permissible to take a "small risk" for the sake of a Mitzvah and bringing joy to a groom and bride is a Mitzvah.  The Tiferet Yisrael discusses this principle on the Mishnah in Massechet Berachot at the end of chapter one.  There is a story about Rabbi Tarfon who said the Shema at night while reclining according to the view of Beit Shammai.  He endangered himself while doing so and the Sages admonished him for following the view of Beit Shammai instead of Beit Hillel.  But the question remains: Why did Rabbi Tarfon endanger himself, since reciting the Shema is not in the category of "Be killed and do not transgress," i.e. requiring one to sacrifice his life for its fulfillment?  The Tiferet Yisrael explains that it was permissible since there was only a small risk of danger.  There is an additional proof from when Rabbi Akiva was in jail, and he used the water he received for "Netilat Yadayim" (ritually washing his hands) instead of for drinking.  The halachic authorities ask: How could Rabbi Akiva endanger his life for this practice?  The answer is that Rabbi Akiva understood that he would obtain more water, the danger he was taking was extremely minute and it is permissible to take a small risk for a Mitzvah.  This is also the ruling found in "Pitchei Teshuvah" (Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh De'ah 157).
In conclusion:
a.    A non-frequent danger is not considered a danger according to Halachah and the danger in Ashdod is a non-frequent one.
b.    It is permissible to take a minimal risk for a Mitzvah and bringing joy to a groom and bride is a Mitzvah.

The Jews Who Were Killed in Terrorist Attack in Pittsburgh are Supremely Holy

Q: Are the Jews who were killed in the terrorist attack in Pittsburgh considered holy?  Does it make a difference that they were in a non-Orthodox synagogue?
A: They are certainly holy and they died sanctifying Hashem's Name.  There are 4 levels of a Jew being called "Holy":
1. The Chatam Sofer #333, based on Sahedrin 47, says that if a Jew is killed by a non-Jew in a robbery he is called "Holy".  See Rashi on Tehillin 79:2. 
2. In Shut Maharil #99, based on Semachot 2:11, it says that if a Jew is killed because he is a Jew, all of his transgressions are forgiven, he died sanctifying Hashem's Name and he is supremely holy.  This is what those murdered in the Holocaust are called.  See also Rambam, Hilchot Yesodei Ha-Torah 5:4.  Rama, Yoreh Deah 340:5.  Taz, ibid. 
3. At a higher level is one who is killed because he refuses to worship idols, as explained in Rambam, Hilchot Yesodei Ha-Torah Chapter 5. 
4. And on the highest level is a soldier who risks his life to save Jews. No one can compare to him.  Pesachim 50a.  
The first two categories apply to one who is killed in a terrorist attack, and the fourth category perhaps applies to a terror victim who lives in Eretz Yisrael (as every Jew living in Eretz Yisrael is considered a "soldier").
In sum: May the souls of those killed in Pittsburgh be bound up in the bonds of the living with all of those who died sanctifying Hashem's Name.

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Mashiach Arriving at Any Time
Q: How is it possible to believe that the Mashiach will arrive at any time when reality does not work through sudden miracles but gradually?
A: We believe in miracles.  We do not rely on miracles but we believe in them.

Beit Ha-Mikdash Built on Tisha Be-Av
Q: If the Beit Ha-Mikdash is built on the day of Tisha Be-Av, do we continue the fast or stop?
A: Some Poskim say that it is similar to a fast for rain (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 575:11).  If it begins to rain before noon, the fast is stopped, if it rains after noon, the fast is completed (This is also the opinion of Ha-Rav Chaim Kanievski in the book 'Siach Ha-Nechama Al Bein Ha-Metzarim' p. 73).

Roman Numerals on Watch
Q: Is it permissible to wear a watch with Roman Numerals?
A: Yes.  There is no prohibition regarding Roman numerals themselves, just as there is no prohibition for the commonly-used numbers, which were a Turkish creation that was adopted first by the Arabs and then by the entire world.

Pharoah Spoke Hebrew?
Q: Did Pharoah and Billam speak Hebrew or did the Torah translate what they said?
A: The Torah translated what they said.

Shaul and David
Q: Why did Shaul chase after David?
A: Shaul was a Tzadik but he mistakenly thought that David would cause damage to Am Yisrael.

Source for the Expression "Baseless Love"
Q: What is the source for the expression "Ahavat Chinam" (Baseless Love)?
A: Maran Ha-Rav Kook.  The Gemara in Yoma (9b) says that the Second Temple was destroyed because of baseless hatred (Sinat Chinam) between Jews.  Maran Ha-Rav Kook explains that since we destroyed it through baseless hatred, the remedy to building it is baseless love.  Many Gedolei Yisrael later adopted this expression:  The Admor of Viznitz, Ha-Rav Yisrael Hagar, said: "It is better for me to stumble 100 times in baselessly loving Israel than one time in baselessly hating Israel" (Ner Yisrael - Ha-Rav Ha-Kadosh R' Yisrael Mei-Viznitz p. 332), the Lubavitcher Rebbe (Likutei Sichot, Volume 7 Vayikra p. 326.  Ibid. Volume 34 Devarim p. 229) and Breslov Chasidim: "Ahavat Chinam is good for the world".

The Souls of Converts Were at Sinai
Q: Are converts lacking in some way since they are not the offspring of Avraham Avinu?
A: Our Rabbis already asked this question and answered that the souls of converts were at Mt. Sinai.  Shabbat 104.  And they are the offspring of Avraham Avinu in their souls, if not physically (See Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 53:19 and 199:4 that converts say "Avoteinu" [our forefathers] in the Shemoneh Esrei and Birkat Ha-Mazon).

Lashon Ha-Ra to Hashem
Q: If I am speaking with Hashem, is it permissible for me to tell him Lashon Ha-Ra?
A: Yeshayahu Ha-Navi was punished when he told Hashem Lashon Ha-Ra about Am Yisrael, saying: I dwell among a Nation of impure lips (Yeshayahu 6:5).

Honoring Older Sister
Q: Is there an obligation to honor an older sister just as one is obligated to do so for an older brother?
A: Yes.  Ha-Chida (Birkei Yosef, Yoreh Deah 240 #17).

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Following One's Rav in Everything
Q: Must a person follow his Rav in every area of Halachah?
A: In the Gemara Shabbat (40a) Abaye said "I follow Rav (his Rabbi) except in three cases."

The Book "Va-Yoel Moshe"
Q: On our Tzahal base there is a copy of the anti-Zionist book "Va-Yoel Moshe" of the Satmar Rebbe.  Is it permissible for me to put it in the Geniza?
A: No.  1. It belongs to Tzahal.  2. It contains Divrei Torah (see our book "Alo Na'ale" – A Response to Va-Yoel Moshe).

List of Good and Bad Kids on the Black Board
Q: Is it a good idea for a teacher to write a list of "good" and "bad" kids on the corner of the black board?
A: G-d forbid!  Someone who asks such a question seems to never have felt what it is like to see his name listed as a "bad child".

Beautiful Script or Fear of Heaven
Q: Which is most important in a Sofer Stam – beautiful writing or true fear of Heaven?
A: Fear of Heaven. 

Visiting Graves of Rabbis from Earlier Generations or Our Generation
Q: Is it preferable to visit and Daven at the graves of Rabbis from earlier generations or Rabbis from our generation?
A: The Sedei Chemed (Ma'arechet Eretz Yisrael #1) brings Poskim who say that it is permissible to leave Eretz Yisrael to visit the graves of Tzadikim, but in Shut Mishpat Cohain (#147), Maran Ha-Rav Kook expresses amazement: "How is it possible to say that there is a Mitzvah to travel outside of Israel for this…  Why isn't the love of our Forefathers buried in Chevron sufficient that one need not leave Eretz Yisrael?!"  It is therefore certainly preferable to visit the graves of earlier generations (Although, in the newspaper "Yated Ne'eman", Ha-Rav Shmuel Baruch Genut brings in the name of Ha-Rav Aharon Yehudah Leib Shteinman that it is preferable to visit the graves of those closer to our generation who understand our suffering and struggles rather than the graves of those of earlier generations, who are so distant from our comprehension and exalted above our level.  And Ha-Rav Chaim Kanieski wrote to Rav Genut that one can visit both, and they are equally beneficial for salvation.  Rav Genut points out that when the Brisker Rav was ill, he sent a Minyan of Gedolei Yisrael [including Rav Shach and Rav Shteinman] to Daven for him at the the graves of the Rashbi and Rabbi Yosef Karo, the Beit Yosef, and not at the graves of others.  The Chazon Ish also said that there is a special matter to Daven at the grave of Rabbi Yosef Karo, since he is the Rav of all Yisrael, since he wrote the Shulchan Aruch and everyone is connected to him and his Torah).  

Chosen People
Q: How do we know that we are the Chosen People?  Another nation can claim the same thing!
A: The majority of the world has been influenced by our Torah.

Eating in a Hotel
Q: If I am a guest in a hotel, can I invite my friend to eat at the end of the meal when there is so much food remaining and it will otherwise be thrown out?
A: Ask directly at the hotel.

Shabbat Candles that Blew Out
Q: If the Shabbat candles blew out after I lit them, is it a bad sign?
A: Definitely not.  Piskei Teshuvot 263, notes #33, 176.

Standing During Lecha Dodi
Q: Should one stand during Lecha Dodi in Kabbalat Shabbat?
A: Some have the custom to sit, and to stand only for the last stanza (Aruch Ha-Shulchan, Orach Chaim 262:5).  And some have the custom to stand during its entirety.  Everyone should follow his family's custom (In the book 'Beito Na'avah Kodesh' [Chodesh Adar p. 77], it is related that the Belzer Rebbe, Maharash, had a tradition from the author of Lecha Dodi, Ha-Kadosh Rebbe Shlomo Elkabetz, that he conditioned its recital on 3 things: 1. To stand during its entirety.  2.  Not to talk during its recital.  3. To sing it.  It is told there that one of the times that the Admor Maharid of Belz and the Admor Chakal Yitzchak of Spinka met at the vacation city of Marinbad, the Belzer Rebbe told the Spinker Rebbe that the custom in Belz is to recite Lecha Dodi without singing it since it lasts so long and they are strict to stand during its recitation.  It is related elsewhere that the Spinker Rebbe stood for part of it and sat for part of it in an attempt to fulfill both standing during it as well as singing it.  In the booklet "Ma'aseh Avot" published at the end of the book "Likutei Chakal Yitzchak" p. 371).

Videos of the Temple Mount
Q: Is it permissible to watch a video of the Temple Mount filmed by someone who went up there despite the prohibition?
A: Certainly not.

We Love Satmar Chasidim!

We love Satmar Chasidim because their philosophy is not based on hatred of Eretz Yisrael but, just the opposite, they love Eretz Yisrael so much that they do not want its holiness to be damaged.  It is therefore forbidden to return to it before the proper time.  This is similar to Rav Yehuda in the Gemara.  On the one hand, he said that anyone who ascends from Bavel to Eretz Yisrael violates a positive Mitzvah (Berachot 24b).  On the other hand, he loved Eretz Yisrael so much that he held, unlike others, that a special blessing was made on balsam oil: we bless Hashem "who creates oil of OUR LAND" (ibid. 43a).  Rav Yehuda both loved Eretz Yisrael greatly and held that it was not yet time to return there (Kerem Chemed on Berachot 24b.  Torat Ha-Temarim Al Ha-Torah U-Moadim p. 141).  We obviously do not agree with this position of Satmar, since we received from our Rabbis that the beginning of the Redemption has already arrived.

We love Satmar Chasidim because their philosophy is not based on hatred of Jews but, just the opposite, because they love Jews and it pains them so much when any Jew is killed (see introduction to Va-Yoel Moshe).

We love Satmar Chasidim because, in contrast to some people who do NOT see that something is happening to Am Yisrael in Eretz Yisrael, they DO see that something happened and is happening, and they respond to it.  After the establishment of the State of Israel, the Satmar Rebbe wrote the book Va-Yoel Moshe.  After the Six-Day War, he wrote the book Al Ha-Geula Ve-Al Ha-Temura (Ha-Rav Yosef Soloveitchik said: If after all of the miracles, wonders and salvations which we have seen, he [the Satmar Rebbe] still holds his same position, it is proof that he has courage).  With the US declaration that Yerushalayim is the capital of the State of Israel, the Admor R' Aharon of Satmar, discussed it in a speech.  On the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel, Satmar organized a conference to explain their position.  Although we do not agree with their position and explanations, we understand that they see that major events are occurring here.

We love Satmar Chasidim because the Admor R' Zalman of Satmar said about members of Neturei Karta who visited Iran: "These people take the pure name of Satmar in vain! Our Holy Rabbi, the 'Vayoel Moshe' [the first Satmar Rebbe, and R' Zalman's uncle], exaggeratedly said that they cause more damage than the Zionists themselves.  We are working to cast off all these extreme sects.  When these individuals went to Iran, the Satmar Beit Din issued a harsh letter against them" (Mishpachah Magazine.  29 Kislev 5773, p. 24).   

We love Satmar Chasidim because they succeeded in reestablishing a community which was almost wiped out in the Holocaust.  They are now the largest Chasidic group in the world.

We love Satmar Chasidim because they have immense Yirat Shayamim (Fear of Heaven), great self-sacrifice for Torah learning and amazing Midot Tovot (proper character traits).  One of the great things they do in America is visit the sick in hospitals and concern themselves with the needs of each and every Jew there.  The Satmar Rebbe also helped any Jew regardless of his philosophy.

We love Satmar Chasidim because they provide their children with a pure, holy Torah education.

We love Satmar Chasidim because our disagreement with them is about the means, not the goal.  There is no essential difference between our goal and theirs.  In the end, everyone wants the entire Jewish People to settle in Eretz Yisrael. Everyone wants there to be a Jewish State and a Jewish army. Everyone wants that State to be holy, and everyone wants the Nation that dwells in Zion to be holy.  The difference is only over the proper pathway, the proper means to achieve this end and the proper time to do so.

We love Satmar Chasidim because we understand that their harsh rebuke is out of love, and at times has the value of protecting the Nation and State of Israel.  Their strong words are in the category of "revealed rebuke is preferable to hidden love" (Mishlei 27:5).  And this is what Maran Ha-Rav Kook said to his student Ha-Rav Dr. Moshe Zeidel, who was upset with the Charedi criticism. Maran Ha-Rav Kook responded that the Charedim, who are opposed to Zionism from the depths of the purity of their spirit, aid in removing much of its negative tendency and will thus allow it to reach its royal potential (Igrot Re'eiyah 3:156).

We love Satmar Chasidim because one must love every Jew (Mesilat Yesharim, end of Chapter 19.  Tanya, Chapter 32).  The Mitzvah of "Love your fellow Jew as yourself" is so simple and obvious that the Shulchan Aruch does not even bring it.

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Honoring Rabbis
Q: I harshly admonished someone who called Ha-Rav Chaim Druckman: "Druckman" without the title of Rabbi, and asked him to leave our Shul.  Was I correct?
A: Very correct.  It is honoring the Torah (By the way, Ha-Rav refers to Rav Druckman as "Mori Ve-Rebbe" - "My teacher and my Rabbi" in Shut She'eilat Shlomo, which is unusual.  Ha-Rav explained to me: "I learned from him when I was in Bnai Akiva, and I later asked him many questions and took counsel with him over the course of many years.  I was influenced by his personality").

Tip in Restaurant
Q: Is there an obligation to give a tip in a restaurant?
A: Yes, according to the accepted amount, since a person eats there based on this understanding.
Q: What if the service is not good?
A: One should still give a tip, although it can be a little less.

Immersing Jars
Q: I sell honey.  Am I obligated to do Tevilat Kelim for all of the jars?
A: No.  It is an obligation on the buyer.  Sefer Tevilat Kelim 8:5.

Mezuzah on Caravan which was Moved
Q: I live in a caravan on a Yishuv.  They are paving a new road and are moving the caravan to a new location on the Yishuv.  Do I need to re-affix the Mezuzah when they lower the caravan onto its new spot?
A: Ha-Rav Mordechai Eliyahu was once asked this same question and he responded that when the caravan is lifted off the ground by the crane, it is exempt from the obligation of Mezuzah, and when it is placed on the ground, it is obligated once again.  As a result, the Mezuzah must be affixed again with a blessing on account of the general principle "Ta'aseh Ve-Lo Min Ha-Asu'i" - one must perform that Mitzvah and not take that which was previously made" (Avihem Shel Yisrael – Devarim, p. 48.  Mi-Pi Eliyahu p. 79.  And so too Ha-Rav Yitzchak Zilberstein in his book "Aleinu Le-Shabeiach" Volume 6, p. 108.  And so too Ha-Rav Chaim Kanevski but he said to affix it without a blessing.  In the Parashah Sheet "Ve-Yishma Moshe" – Parashat Shoftim 5778).

Drinking in the Market
Q: Is it permissible to drink a cup of coffee while walking?  After all, the Gemara (Kiddushin 40b) specifies eating - "One who eats in the market is similar to a dog" - and not drinking.
A: This is also forbidden (One day a student was walking with Ha-Rav Beni Alon, Rosh Yeshiva of Beit Orot in Yerushalayim, and they bought drinks.  The student began to drink while walking, and Ha-Rav Beni asked him with a half smile: You are drinking in the street?  The student said but it says "One who eats in the market is similar to a dog".  Rav Beni replied with a smile: One who eats is similar to a dog, and one who drinks is similar to a puppy…  In the booklet "Le-Binyanim Amar… Yedid Hashem", p. 23).

Child with Anxiety
Q: My four-year old grandson suffers from anxiety at night and from nightmares.  What is the solution?
A: 1. To lovingly sit with him when he falls asleep.  2. To figure out if something is bothering him.  3. But this is not a question for a text message.  Tell the parents that they should talk to a child psychologist.

Medical Marijuana
Q: Is it appropriate to advance medical marijuana?
A: Certainly.  It is a great Mitzvah.  But not for any other purpose.

White Smoke
Q: What is the source for the expression: white smoke?
A: It means when a matter is finally decided.  Its source is Christian.  When a new Pope is chosen, the ballots are burned along with a substance with causes white smoke above the Vatican.  This is the sign that the new Pope has been elected.  One should not use the expression.

Checking Mezuzah Because of Illness
Q: We have recently had many illnesses in our family.  Should we check the Mezuzot?
A: If they have not been checked in three and a half years (Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh Deah 291:1.  And Ha-Rav Levi Ha-Cohain Rabinowitz, author of Maadanei Ha-Shulchan, was once in the hospital on account on pneumonia and then had a heart attack.  When he returned home, his wife had a heart attack.  Their daughter asked him if they should check their Mezuzot.  The Maadnaei Ha-Shulchan asked the family if they had been checked in the last three and a half years.  They said that they were checked during the last year.  He said: there is no need to check them (Uvdor De-Rebbe Levi, p. 96).

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Immersing a Pocketknife in a Mikveh
Q: Does a pocketknife that includes eating utensils need to be immersed in a Mikveh?
A: Yes, while it is completely opened.

Making a Pesak Halachah for the Mashiach to Come
Q: Is it possible for Gedolei Yisrael to issue a Pesak for the Mashiach to come, which will cause an awakening above and result in his coming?
A: There are those who say it is possible, but we should instead plead with Hashem and not make demands of Him (When the Chief Rabbis of Israel, Ha-Rav Mordechai Eliyahu and Ha-Rav Avraham Shapira, visited the Lubavitcher Rebbe, the Rebbe asked them: Perhaps all of the Rabbis should gather together and issue a Pesak that the Mashiach should immediately come!  Rav Eliyahu said: If you join us, we will be a Beit Din of three judges, and we can issue such a Pesak.  The Rebbe replied: I have been ready to do so for some time, but I am only one, and need two others.  Rav Eiyahu said: We will join the honorable Rabbi…  In the book "Be-Tzel Ha-Chochma" p. 304.  See also "Ha-Melech Be-Mesibo" Volume 1, pp. 59-60. 
And during "Chalukat Ha-Dollarim" [when the Lubavicher Rebbe would distribute dollars bills to thousands upon thousands of people to give to Tzedakah] in the year 5750, the Rebbe said to Ha-Rav Moshe Stern, one of the great Poskim of America and author of Shut Be'er Moshe: "I have your Teshuvot, but it is not enough.  You have to help bring the Mashiach.  Perhaps you should write a Teshuvah ruling that the Mashiach should come."
But in the year 5771, when the Ungvarer Rav, Ha-Rav Menashe Klein, author of Shut Mishnah Halachot, visited Ha-Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv and asked him to Pasken for the Mashiach to come, Rav Elyashiv politely declined: It is impossible to issue a Pesak that the Geulah should come.  But rather we must believe in it and await it).

Adopted Child
Q: Should parents who adopted a child tell him that he is adopted?
A: Eventually he will find out whether they tell him or not, and it will be a shock to him.  They should therefore tell him when he is young, and he will accept it in a natural manner and grow up with this knowledge.  They should emphasize: You are our child, because we chose you.

Coming of Mashiach
Q: How is it possible for us to expect Mashiach to arrive every day when our Sages tell us that he will arrive in the month of Tishrei or Nisan?
A: He can arrive other times through a miracle.

Rabbi's Blessing
Q: Is it worthwhile to travel a far distance in order to receive a Rabbi's blessing?
A: It is worthwhile to go to Shul to hear Birkat Cohanim, which is a blessing from Hashem, which is much greater than a Rabbi's blessing (It once happened that in the Beit Midrash of the Brisker Rav, Ha-Rav Velvele Soloveitchik, that there was no Cohain for Birkat Cohanim.  The Brisker Rav asked for people to find a Cohain and bring him.  It took about 15 minutes.  Among those Davening were two Chasidim who were clearly impatient to finish Davening, but they stayed out of fear of the Brisker Rav.  After the Davening, the Brisker Rav said to them: You will travel for two weeks with great difficulty and expensive in order to receive a blessing for a Chasidic Rebbe, which you have no guarantee will be fulfilled, but the Torah says "Place My Name on Bnei Yisrael and I will bless them", promising that the blessing will be realized, and you don't have 15 minutes?!  In the book Meged Givot Olam of Ha-Rav Michal Zalman Shurkin Volume 1, p. 98.  Ha-Rav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman also expressed surprise that people travel great distances to receive a blessing from a Rabbi instead of running to Shul to receive Birkat Cohanim, a blessing from Hashem.  Be-Orchotecha Lamdeni p. 38). 

Nickname of Prime Minster of Israel
Q: Is it permissible to refer to the Prime Minister by the nickname Bibi?
A: No.  We are obligated to honor him in a similar manner as honoring the King of Israel.  See Rambam, Hilchot Melachim Chapter 2 (Shut Orach Mishpat of Maran Ha-Rav Kook #144).

Q: I am married with many young children, Baruch Hashem.  Am I obligated to go to Shul to say Yizchor for my Mother, which would entail finding someone to watch the children?
A: You can say it at home.

Judaism Outside of Israel
Q: Should we strengthen Mitzvah observance of Judaism outside of Israel or send them a message that they should make Aliyah?
A: There is no contradiction.

Cataract Surgery
Q: Should one recite "Birkat Ha-Gomel" after cataract surgery?
A: No.  It is not a life-threatening situation (I saw that when Rav Aviner had cataract surgery he returned to the Yeshiva on the same day with a patch over his eye.  When he removed the patch, he did not recite Birkat Ha-Gomel).