Shut SMS #17

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: On Erev Pesach during the time for Birchat Ha-Chama (the blessing for the sun), I recited the blessing but did not look at the sun out of a lack of knowledge that this is what I should do? Did I fulfill my obligation?
A: Yes, after the fact.
Q: Is it permissible to get a haircut and shave on Yom Ha-Atzmaut?
A: Yes, it is a holiday. Responsa of Ha-Rav Yitzchak Nissim (former Chief Sefardic Rabbi of Israel).
Q: When should one get a haircut and shave for Yom Ha-Atzmaut?
A: Before Maariv.
Q: Is it permissible to get married on Yom Ha-Atzmaut?
A: Same answer as for getting a haircut and shaving.
Q: Should we recite Hallel on Yom Ha-Atzmaut? With a blessing?
A: Yes (Ruling of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel) with a blessing (Ha-Rav Shlomo Goren).
Q: Should we recite Hallel on the night of Yom Ha-Atzmaut?
A: This is the opinion of Ha-Rav Shlomo Goren, but the majority does not do so.
Q: Is it permissible to listen to music on Yom Ha-Atzmaut?
A: Yes, it is a holiday.
Q: Do our Sages have the authority today to establish new holidays? What is the source?
A: Yes. Shut Chatam Sofer, Yoreh Deah 333. Orach Chaim 208.
Q: Why should we celebrate Yom Ha-Atzmaut when there is so much darkness in our State?
A: We give thanks to Hashem for the light in the State. We cry on Tisha Be-Av for the darkness which still remains from the Exile.
Q: Where is it possible to find halachic responsa regarding Yom Ha-Atzmaut?
A: The book "Hilchot Yom Ha-Atzmaut Ve-Yom Yerushalayim" of Ha-Rav Nachum Rakover.
Q: I am a manager in an international business company. I have a meeting tomorrow with a non-Jewish CEO of an Italian company to close a deal of great importance to my company. Is it permissible for me to shave during Sefirat Ha-Omer before the meeting so that I do not endanger the deal by appearing unkempt?
A: It is permissible.
Q: Is it permissible to shave in honor of Shabbat during Sefirat Ha-Omer?
A: No, but some authorities are lenient.
Q: Is it permissible to listen to music during Sefirat Ha-Omer? What about seeing a movie?
A: Music is forbidden. A movie is permissible if it is serious, kosher and contains appropriate content.
Q: Does a page with B"H in the corner have to be placed in the Genizah?
A: No. It is only an abbreviation.
Q: A couple that lives together is willing to be unofficially married (with being registered with the state). Is this permissible?
A: Private marriages are forbidden according to the Halachah based on the ruling of the Chief Rabbinate and according to the law.
Q: Is it obligatory to write B"H or BS"D at the top of each page?
A: No.
Q: Does one have to observe the mitzvot in space? Shabbat?
A: Yes according to the time and place of the point of departure.