Shut SMS #11

Q: Is it permissible to shoot off fireworks on Purim?
A: It is certainly forbidden. They cause all sorts of injuries during year and very severe ones. This is not including the fear they cause. Purim is a day of the love of Israel and not a day to cause pain to Israel.
Q: Is it permissible for me to give my "ma'aser" money to my parents who are experiencing financial difficulties?
A: Certainly, and even more than this.
Q: If I do not have Tefillin, which is preferable – davening at the right time without Tefillin or after the right time with Tefillin?
A: At the correct time.
Q: There is a bird of my windowsill. Should I shoo it away to fulfill the mitzvah of "Shiluach Ha-Ken" (one must send away the mother bird before taking her young or her eggs)?
A: No, it must be in an abandoned place and not your own property.
Q: Can you tell if a match will be successful based on the names of the couple?
A: The names do not matter; it is based on compatibility, out of respect and love.
Q: Is it permissible to help a blind Arab cross the street?
A: Certainly, one should be kind to all.
Q: Which is preferable – a friend's engagement or a family wedding?
A: Family comes first, it is natural.
Q: I took money from my brother without him noticing. How can I return it without embarrassment?
A: Return it secretly.
Q: Hashem is the source of goodness, why then did he create non-Jews?
A: Non-Jews are also created in the image of G-d, and everyone will repent in the end as we say in "Aleinu."
Q: Is it permissible to recite a blessing on separating challah when the dough was made by two women together?
A: Yes, they should have the dough attached to one another.
Q: Why don't Torah scholars wear Tefillin all day long?
A: It is very difficult not to take one's mind off wearing Tefillin, i.e. from thoughts which are not so serious (Shulchan Aruch). And the Arizal says that the essential mitzvah is during Shacharit (Kaf Ha-Chaim).
Q: A person collecting for Tzedakah cursed me that I should be sick when I refused to give her. What should I do?
A: Nothing. It has no effect. Hashem should have mercy on her. In general, 90% of Tzedakah collectors are swindlers.
Q: What is "The Days of the Messiah"?
A: The return of kingship. Rambam, Hilchot Teshuvah, end of chap. 9.
Q: We are married for a year and my husband wants to be drafted into a combat unit in Tzahal. I agree with all of my heart. It will be difficult for me to be alone, but I want this. What is Ha-Rav's opinion?
A: You are a great righteous person. May those like you increase. You are fortunate.