Shut SMS #21

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: Is it permissible to go to the ocean during Sefirat Ha-Omer?
A: Yes.
Q: Is it permissible for a girl to get a second earring?
A: It is permissible. The essence is for the earrings to be modest and not to attract attention.
Q: Why do we recite the confession (We have sinned, we have betrayed…) in the plural?
A: Responsibility for others.
Q: Is it permissible to imitate Rabbis in a respectful way?
A: With great care so that there is not even a hint of shaming them.
Q: May cohanim enter the grave of the Rashbi on Meiron?
A: No.
Q: Can a child play with a non-kosher animal?
A: Yes. The proof is from the Mishnah in Shabbat (9:7) that a child may play with a non-kosher locust.
Q: Is it permissible to daven without shoes?
A: No, it should be like you are standing before a king.
Q: Who did Dinah marry after the horrible episode with Shechem?
A: Some say Shimon, others say Iyov.
Q: Why do we say "Lechaim" (To Life) when drinking wine?
A: Since wine is given to one who is receiving capital punishment, we therefore emphasize that this is for life.
Q: Can you please provide sources that can strengthen me in the prohibition of not touching others of the opposite sex?
A: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 152:8. Mesillat Yesharim, chap. 11.
Q: If someone is traveling to Poland, is it permissible to wrap himself in an Israeli flag even though it does not have tzitzit?
A: It is permissible. It is not clothing, but a symbol.
Q: I try not to become angry, but I have a friend who takes advantage on this and bothers me all of the time. Is it permissible to respond one time in the same way as he acts so it will stop once and for all?
A: Yes. It is permissible and preferable to do so without anger. Sefer Ha-Chinuch 338.
Q: Are women obligated to hear the Torah reading on Shabbat?
A: No.
Q: On Erev Shabbat, should one say one recite "Magdil" or "Migdol" in the Bircat Ha-Mazon?
A: "Magdil" as on a weekday.
Q: If I eat a meal of meat and potatoes, what blessing do I recite at the end?
A: "Borei Nefashot".
Q: What is the minimum size for a kippah?
A: Some say that it must cover the majority of the head, and others say that it should be seen from all sides.