Shut SMS #4

From the parashah sheets "Ma'ayanei Ha-Yeshu'ah" and "Olam Ha-Katan."

Q: Is it permissible to lie to my parents that I am not entering Gaza to fight so they will not worry?
A: Yes. It is lying for their sake.
Q: According to the opinion of Ha-Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach that it is permissible to give food to a non-observant Jew who will not recite a blessing, is it permissible to give dairy food to a non-observant Jew after he has eaten meat?
A: Yes, because waiting between meat and dairy is “only” a rabbinic obligation, and especially since according to the Tosafot if one eats a meat meal, he can eat dairy at the next meal (without waiting).
Q: Is it a transgression to burden a non-Jewish cleaner by not being concerned about cleanliness at all and making the floor dirty?
A: One should certainly not burden him or her. Proper manners precede Torah.
Q: Which is preferable – davening minchah with a minyan after sundown or davening alone before sundown?
A: Even if there is only one opinion that it is still an appropriate time, then it is still permissible to daven at that time. However, the Mishnah Berurah does not agree and says that it is preferable to daven alone at the appropriate time.
Q: Is it permissible to daven with a Chasidic tune in the background?
A: No. One must pray with a trembling of fear, as if standing before a king.
Q: Scientists claim that the world has existed for billions of years. How then can Judaism say that it is approximately 6,000 years old?
A: Hashem created worlds before our world. Bereshit Rabbah.
Q: I returned to traditional observance twenty years ago, and it was told that someone sins are forgiven, but now I am very sick? How can this be?
A: It is not written that a righteous person will not be distressed. There are many righteous people in the world who suffer. May Hashem bless you.
Q: When I was angry, I swore not to have anything to do with my friend. Is there a way for me to be released from the oath?
A: You must go before three Rabbis.
Q: Is it permissible to work out in a co-ed gym?
A: No. It is immodest. One should stay far away from things like this.