Shut SMS #5

Q: We were in a serious car accident and we were saved by a miracle. How do we thank Hashem?
A: "Birchat Ha-Gomel" and tzedakah.
Q: I love to blast Chasidic music with the windows rolled down when I drive. Is this a desecration of Hashem's name?
A: Definitely, we should not bother others. By the way, it will also hurt your ears.
Q: Can I send a text message when it is free for me but the person who responds will have to pay?
A: You should inform them.
Q: I am 17 years ago and I have had a recurring dream for many years now. I can fly in the dream and each time the story is somewhat different. Another recurring dream is that I can shoot spider webs like Spiderman, people are chasing me but I cannot shoot the spider web. What does it mean?
A: It does not mean anything. It happens to everyone and there is no reason to worry. If you are concerned recite the "Hatavat Chalom" (improvement of a dream) which is printed in the siddur before three friends. You do not have to relate the dream.
Q: Is it permissible to have a scheduled Cesarean Section on a Wednesday, three days before Shabbat? I know that for elective surgery we should take its proximity to Shabbat into consideration.
A: There is no problem to schedule it on a Wednesday. Schedule it for a day that is comfortable for the mother. Mazel Tov!
Q: I was stopped by the Police for speeding and received a ticket. Is it preferable to plead guilty or deny the charge?
A: It is best to tell the truth, to regret the past, and take upon yourself to act better in the future.
Q: It is permissible to guarantee someone else's bank loan?
A: If you are willing to take the risk that you would have to pay, or you are certain that there is no risk.
Q: Should I buy a lottery ticket with the hope of winning and spending my time learning Torah?
A: It is nonsense. The chances are lower than the chances of getting run over by a car on the sidewalk.
Q: If someone's father is secular, should he recite kaddish for him for 11 or 12 months?
A: 11 months. He is not considered wicked, he is a "tinok she-nishba"(literally, "captured infant" – it refers to some who sins inadvertently as a result of having been raised without a proper Torah education). Nonetheless, it is proper to recite it more than 11 months but not 12.
Q: Is it permissible to buy "Peticha" (opening the ark in shul) from "ma'aser kesafim," since my wife is in her ninth month of pregnancy (and it is said that opening the ark will help open the womb)?
A: No. "Ma'aser kesafim" is for the poor, and it is better to give it to tzedakah.
Q: Is it permissible to buy cookies with kosher supervision for Arabs?
A: You should buy from Jews.
Q: Is it permissible to read the Koran, since it is not idol worship?
A: It is not idol worship, but it is filled with heresy. See Rambam, Avodah Zarah 2:2.
Q: Is it permissible to throw out missionary literature which contains verses with Hashem's Name?
A: Yes, it has no holiness.