Shut SMS #24

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: Where is King Shlomo buried?
A: In the graves of the House of David. Their location is not known.
Q: What is the meaning and purpose of an "Amen Meal"?
A: It is a new invention.
Q: Should we imitate Hashem and forgive someone even if he caused great pain and did not ask for forgiveness?
A: Yes. This is not an obligation but an act of piety, and each person should act how he feels is
best.
Q: If a pot was used to actually cook on Shabbat, can it be thereafter, or does it need to be kashered?
A: The Mishnah Berurah rules that it needs to be koshered before it can be used again, but one can rely on the lenient opinions. Yalkut Yosef.
Q: Why do we mourn for someone who has died? After all, it is for his spiritual repair and ascension.
A: For what we are lacking.
Q: Is it permissible to sleep for one night in a room without a mezuzah?
A: There are those who are lenient if there is no place else to sleep.
Q: I am not sure if I recited a blessing before eating. What should I do?
A: Reciting the blessing in thought, since you will fulfill your obligation according to some
authorities but will not take Hashem's Name in vain. Pri Megadim.
Q: I just had a difficult birth which resulted in my having many stitches, and I want to rest at my mother's house. My husband is opposed since he wants to have the Brit Milah at his parents' house. What should we do?
A: You take precedence. When he gives birth, the Brit Milah can be at his parents' house.
Q: It is permissible to use a brush which has bristles from a wild pig?
A: Yes. It is also permissible to wear clothing from its skin.
Q: How is it that Jews changed so much that Ethiopians are dark skinned and Ashkenazic Jews are
light skinned?
A: Many converts joined.
Q: Is it permissible to receive organs from a Jew who committed suicide?
A: Certainly. This is will be a spiritual rectification for him.
Q: Why is it forbidden to go to a bar?
A: It is a corrupt place. Rambam, Hilchot De'ot 1:1-2.
Q: Is there are obligation to remove one's watch when putting on Tefillin?
A: One should remove it, but some are lenient.
Q: I feel arrogance when I invite people to a completion of a tractate of the Gemara. What should I do?
A: It is possible to have a meal on your own.
Q: Is it permissible to read the New Testament? Can you provide the source?
A: It is forbidden. Rambam, Hilchot Avodah Zarah 2:2.
Q: Is it permissible to play poker?
A: It is obviously similar to all other nonsense. But if it is for small amounts of money - there is no problem of theft.