Shut SMS #16

Rabbi Shlomo Aviner answers hundreds of text message questions a week. Some appear in the parashah sheets "Ma'ayanei Ha-Yeshu'ah" and "Olam Ha-Katan." Here's a sample:
Q: What should I do if my baby is crying in bed and I am in the middle of the Shemoneh Esrei?
A: It is permissible to go to him without talking.
Q: Is it permissible to travel outside of Israel for "Hitbodedut" (secluded meditation)?
A: Certainly not. It is possible to do so in Israel. Furthermore, one can have inner secluded meditation of closeness to Hashem in thought and emotion surrounded by others as our Rabbi, Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah, taught (Or Le-Netivotai 189).
Q: What should I do in order to avoid giving into temptation and touching my fiancée?
A: Meet in places where there are many people present.
Q: Is it permissible to learn Torah while I lay on my back?
A: One should learn with fear and awe, i.e. standing or sitting with an awe of holiness. But if a person is tired and needs to lie down, it is certainly proper to learn Torah at that time. One should lay on one's side as much as possible when doing so.
Q: Is there an obligation to kiss the mezuzah each time I pass?
A: No, but it shows a love of the mitzvah.
Q: Is it permissible to wear a piece of clothing made from non-kosher animals?
A: Yes.
Q: Is it permissible to put a backpack with holy books in it on the floor?
A: Yes, the bottom of the bag blocks them from being on the floor.
Q: How many prayers are women obligated each day?
A: Some say all of Shacharit and Minchah. Others say any prayer in any language and any formula each day, and it can be fulfill by reciting the Morning Blessings.
Q: Is it permissible to color Tefillin black with a magic marker?
A: Yes. It is not from a non-kosher animal.
Q: Am I obligated to wash "netilat yadayim" every time I enter the bathroom which contains a shower as well if I enter to do the wash or brush my teeth?
A: No. It is not considered a bathroom like in the times of the Gemara.
Q: Is it permissible to place a Tanach on a Chumash?
A: No. The holiness of the Chumash is greater.