Shut SMS #7

Q: Is it permissible to bake cookies with notes inside or is the ink not kosher?
A: It is permissible. The ink is kosher, since it is inedible and nullified within the cookie.
Q: Is it permissible to read the Haftarah on Shabbat from a transliterated text?
A: Yes, it is like reading it by heart.
Q: Are the people in the group "Peace Now" considered traitors?
A: They are considered confused.
Q: I have heard that it is forbidden to sleep alone in a house. This often happens to me. What should I do?
A: It is permissible if there is a mezuzah and light.
Q: If a woman feels a need can she put on Tefillin?
A: No, it is "yuhara" (religious arrogance), she should fulfill her obligations.
Q: We are getting married. My name is Chaim and my finance's name is Einat. Can you suggest a fitting verse to put on our invitation?
A: It is best not to put a verse on the invitation because it is forbidden to throw a verse in the garbage, and this is what happens most of the time when people receive invitations.
Q: Is there an explicit prohibition from avoiding taxes?
A: It is theft. Shut "Yechaveh Da'at" of Rav Ovadiah Yosef.
Q: If doctors define a person as a "vegetable," is it permissible for his wife to remarry?
A: No, he is not considered dead according to Halachah, because part of his brain is still alive.
Q: If we know the gender of our fetus, are we obligated to hide it?
A: No. It is a personal decision.
Q: Is it permissible to curse the extreme left in Israel?
A: G-d forbid!
Q: There is a growing problem of stray cats and dogs in Israel and they are often killed by starvation or car accidents. Is it permissible to spay them?
A: No, but it is permissible to place traps of food which contain ingredients which prevent pregnancy.
Q: Is there something special to hanging pictures of Rabbis in one's home?
A: Yes, "Let your eyes behold your teacher" (Yeshayahu 30:20).
Q: Two years ago I completely broke off connect with someone who was a good friend. I decided that I did not want any relationship with her or her family. Is it permissible not to answer the phone if someone from her family calls?
A: The important thing is that you act with politeness and thoughtfulness.