Shut SMS #10

Q: Is it permissible for a girl to touch a brother-in-law or cousin?
A: No. There are laws of modesty which apply to all relatives except for parents and grandparents. There are also leniencies for siblings.
Q: Should one stand for an elderly or an important woman?
A: For a woman over 70, a woman who is a Torah scholar, or the wife of a Torah scholar.
Q: Is it permissible to give directions to a Jew who is driving on Shabbat?
A: No, it is aiding one who is transgressing, unless there is potential danger. You should politely avoid answering by saying that you do not know.
Q: But isn't there a concern that if he does not know the way, he will drive more and thus increase his transgression?
A: But we do not perform a mitzvah through of a transgression.
Q: What is the minimum price for an engagement ring?
A: There are no rules since there is no obligation to give one. It is a new practice. On the contrary, one must be careful that it is not the betrothal itself.
Q: What is the Halachic source for the prohibition of leaving the Land of Israel?
A: Rambam, Melachim 5:9. Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 531:5.
Q: Is it permissible for a man to groom his eyebrows or remove hair from between them?
A: It is forbidden because of "Lo Yibash" (men may not wear women's clothing or accessories or perform cosmetic acts of women), since this is the custom of women.
Q: I had a cut on my finger and when I was kneading dough a little blood was absorbed into it. What is the status of the dough?
A: Human blood is only forbidden when recognizable. Since it is absorbed and unrecognizable, there is no prohibition.
Q: I have heard that the Redemption is going to occur this year. It is true?
A: No one knows the future in this area. But the Redemption began more than one hundred years ago with the building of the Land, the ingathering of the exiles, the establishment of the State, the military victories, and the return of the Torah to the Land of Israel.
Q: I live on a settlement in the Shomron and leaving involves driving through a dangerous area. Is it permissible to recite "Tefillat Ha-Derech" on a short distance?
A: Yes, even for a very short distance.