Shut SMS #9

Q: I received a tax return because of a gift. Am I obligated to give "ma'aser kesafim" from it?
A: Yes, this is also considered income.
Q: Under what conditions is it permissible to wear pants under a skirt?
A: The skirt must always be long enough (covering the knees even when sitting), the pants should be for women and modest so that they do not attract attention.
Q: Is a passion fruit considered to be a tree, and we must refrain from eating its fruit during the first three years when the tree begins giving fruit (orlah)?
A: There are those who are lenient and treat it like a vegetable (and therefore do not wait).
Q: Anyone who walks four amot (6 feet) in the Land of Israel has a portion in the World to Come – even a sinner?
A: A small portion.
Q: Is there a concept in the Torah of "the public's right to know"?
A: This is "lashon ha-ra" except in rare cases.
Q: Does a large scarf with four corner that one wraps on their head require tzitzit?
A: No, only when you wrap the clothing around your body.
Q: Is it permissible to wear shoes that have a Jewish star on the soul?
A: There is no problem, the Jewish star does not possess holiness.
Q: An Israeli reporter was wounded in a battle front outside of Israel. Is it permissible for him to be there for work?
A: It is permissible for a small risk, similar to hunting. Shut Noda Bi-Yehudah.
Q: I had a bad dream and I am bothered. What should I do?
A: There is no reason to worry. But if you are bothered recite the "Hatavat Chalom" (improvement of a dream) which is printed in the siddur before three friends. There is no need to relate the dream. If it is a woman, it should be before three women.
Q: I am on the bus and I do not have water to wash "netilat yadayim" to eat bread. Can I wrap the sandwich up in a bag and eat it?
A: No, but it is permissible in an extenuating circumstance to wrap something around your hands.
Q: And then should I recite the blessing for "netilat yadayim"?
A: No, you did not wash.
Q: Is it permissible to give directions to a Jew who is driving on Shabbat?
A: No, it is aiding one who is transgressing. You should politely avoid answering by saying that you do not know.
Q: Is it permissible for boys to grow long hair?
A: There are three Torah prohibitions: 1. An impediment between one's head and Tefillin, and it causes a blessing recited in vain when putting on Tefillin. 2. Following the ways of the non-Jews. 3. "Lo Tilbash" (the prohibition of men dressing or appearing as women).
Q: How does one immerse in a mikveh electric kitchen appliances which were made outside of Israel?
A: There are two possibilities: 1. Immerse them and dry them with a dryer. 2. Disassemble them into a state that they cannot be used and then reassemble.