Shut SMS #23

Rabbi 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: How is it possible to establish Yom Ha-Atzmaut as a holiday without a Sanhedrin?
A: It is somewhat problematic but we do not need a Sanhedrin to give thanks to Hashem.
Q: Does one have to observe the mitzvot in space? Shabbat?
A: Yes. Shabbat is kept on the “seventh day” based on the time and place from which one left.
Q: What harsh statement can I say to the person next to me in shul who is talking?
A: He is showing that the Divine Presence does not rest there (Zohar brought in the Chayei Adam).
Q: Is it permissible to give birth at home?
A: No. If there are complications, you will have to travel to the hospital, and this occurs to approximately one-third of women who have home-births.
Q: If one's father hits his mother, is it permissible for a child to get in between them by force, such as by pushing his father?
A: He should get in the middle and take the hit in place of his mother.
Q: If the bus driver accidently punches my bus ticket in a spot which was already punched, do I have to throw out the ticket when there is one punch left?
A: Yes.
Q: Is it permissible to wear Tzitzit directly on the body?
A: Yes.
Q: Who is more important – one's wife or parents?
A: This is incorrectly phrased. The husband and wife are one.
Q: Should one also wear Tzitzit at night?
A: Yes, a day-time piece of clothing must also have Tzitzit when worn at night.
Q: A mirror broke – it is a bad sign?
A: This is superstition.
Q: I found a Tanach printed with the New Testament – should I separate them?
A: It all goes in the garbage like a Sefer Torah written by a heretic.
Q: Is there a problem to have a wedding on Erev Shabbat?
A: No. Poorer communities did so before Kabbalat Shabbat [and had the Shabbat meal be the wedding meal as well] to save costs.
Q: I have friends who copied on a test and received 100% while I studied really hard and got less. It is not fair!
A: We'll see who has the last laugh.
Q: Can a cohain who works for the Mossad and killed someone still recite the Bircat Cohanim?
A: Yes, like a soldier. Shut Yechaveh Daat (2:14).
Q: I want to donate a Sefer Torah, but is there something more important to give to?
A: Give to those who learn Torah, since the Torah was given in order for people to learn it (Chayei Adam – Hilchot Sefer Torah).
Q: Is it permissible for me to drink coffee and have a piece of cake before davening? If I do not, I do not feel well and cannot pray?
A: The minimum necessary.
Q: How do I fix having spoke Lashon Ha-Ra?
A: You must repair the damage among those who heard you speak it.