Shut SMS #11

Q: Should one recite the "Shehechiyanu" on buying a pistol?
A: Yes, it is for protection.
Q: If someone hears a blessing on the radio, should he respond amen?
A: A rebroadcast – no, a live broadcast – it is permissible but not obligatory.
Q: Is it permissible to carry a gun on Shabbat?
A: Yes, there is sometimes a need for it and it is also preventative.
Q: Even when I overcome sinning, the desire still remains. How can I change the desire?
A: Read Mesillat Yesharim a lot.
Q: Is it permissible to read parashah sheets in shul?
A: It is preferable to take them home.
Q: If someone planted vegetables during the Shemitah year, which is forbidden, and they are picked after the Shemitah year, when are they permissible?
A: They are forbidden.
Q: Is it permissible for a man to wear a wedding ring?
A: Yes. He remembers his love of his wife.
Q: The bank mistakenly put money in my account. Must I report it?
A: Yes, it is returning a lost item.
Q: Is it permissible to pray for a certain soccer team to win if their loss will really upset me?
A: We do not pray for nonsense.
Q: If I ask a certain Rabbi questions about daily life, do I have to listen to his ruling on whom to vote for?
A: No. It all depends on what a person takes upon himself.
Q: Is it permissible to take a computer which contains holy texts into the bathroom?
A: It is permissible. If the text currently appears on the scene, it must have a double covering.
Q: Is it permissible for a couple to be married if the groom has the same name as the bride's father?
A: It is permissible. Some are strict to add a name.
Q: If I see an immodest picture on the street, am I obligated to pick it up so others will not see it?
A: It is commendable.
Q: Is it permissible to give "ma'aser" money to an organization which helps us?
A: It is simpler to accept less help.
Q: Is it true that King Shlomo invented Chess?
A: This is only a story. See the book "Otzar Yisrael" of Rav Eizenstein. Entry on chess.
Q: Can I daven the "Shemoneh Esrei" out loud if it helps my prayers?
A: It is permissible if you are alone. In public – you must daven quietly so that others will not hear.
Q: Is it permissible to buy holy books from someone if they are less expensive but he does not pay taxes?
A: It is certainly forbidden if it is against the law, and all the more so for holy books.
Q: Is it permissible to make wedding plans during Sefirat Ha-Omer?
A: It is permissible.
Q: Is there a proper amount of time between the engagement and wedding?
A: I am not familiar which such discussions on this issue, but it is proper to minimize the time as much as possible.
Q: My husband and I have been married three years. His father never accepted the marriage and he totally disappeared from our lives for a year. My husband tries to honor him, but it is difficult. We are expecting a baby boy and we are sure that my father-in-law will expect and demand to be the sandek at the Brit Milah. How does the sandek influence the personality of the child? Will my husband transgress the obligation to honor him if he does not choose him, since as a result my father-in-law will not speak to us for years?
A: It is permissible to let him be the sandek. It will not influence the child and it is a mitzvah towards his father. Don't worry.