Shut SMS #30

Rabbi Shlomo Aviner answers hundreds of text message questions a week. Some appear in the parashah sheets "Ma'ayanei Ha-Yeshu'ah," "Olam Ha-Katan" and "Be-Ahavah U-Be-Eumnah." Here's a sample:
Q: Is it possible that there are Arabs free from sin?
A: Certainly.
Q: My mother is exhausted and asks me to say on the phone that she is sleeping. Is it
A: It is permissible to lie for the sake of peace.
Q: [A woman asked:] I feel spiritually weak and am not succeeding in praying. What should I do?
A: Pray to the best of your ability, at least the morning blessings.
Q: They say that there will soon be the War of Gog and Magog and two-thirds of the Nation of
Israel will die. I am scared
A: No one knows the future. We will win this war and there is no reason to be scared.
Q: If this world is a hallway to the World to Come, why is there the Resurrection of the Dead which returns people to this world?
A: There are two Worlds to Come: 1. The eternal life of the soul after death. 2. The physical Resurrection of the Dead, and eternal life.
Q: Does one have to wash "netilat yadayim" after using the restroom?
A: This is a stringency. It is sufficient to wash your hands.
Q: They found Obama's name in the Tanach. What is the meaning?
A: It has no meaning. It is possible to find every name.
Q: A person wrote that he is the Messiah and there will soon be a war. I am scared.
A: He is not the Messiah. The State of Israel will certainly have wars, but there is nothing to fear.
Q: Is it permissible to wear a shirt with a picture of a skull?
A: One should not wear clothing which draw attention.
Q: Can a Rabbi tell if a man and woman will be a good match based on their names and birthdays?
A: These are not the deciding factors. What decides is valuing the other and love.
Q: Can a cohain study medicine?
A: Yes, it is a mitzvah. Ask a Rabbi how it is to be done.
Q: Should one honor a teacher even if he/she is not a Torah scholar?
A: Certainly.
Q: Is it permissible to download songs and movies from the internet?
A: No. There are copyright laws. It is only permissible on sites where it is allowed according to the law.
Q: Is it permissible to erase Hashem's Name from the computer?
A: Yes, this is not true writing but temporary writing, and the Torah did not discuss this type of writing.
Q: I once cheated on a test. I want to fix it. What can I do?
A: Learn the material from the test extremely well.
Q: Is it permissible to recite a blessing over artificially created perfume?
A: No.
Q: Where should I give Tzedakah: my yeshiva or another place?
A: Your yeshiva. The poor of your city takes precedence.
Q: Is it forbidden to hear a girl sing or watch her dance. How about play an instrument?
A: It is permissible with the condition that you do not stare at her. Q: Have you got a supernatural remedy for staying healthy?
A: Prayer, repentance and giving charity.
Q: As a soldier, when I come back from strenuous security operations all night, I am extremely tired and I have no strength to pray.
A: Pray a shortened prayer: Morning blessings, Baruch She’amar, Ashrei, Yishtabach to Shemoneh Esreh, and Ashrei.
Q: What is the minimum length that one’s earlocks have to be?
A: Five millimeters.
Q: Is one allowed to cook pareve food in a meat pot and then to eat it at a milk meal?
A: According to the Sefardim it is permitted, and according to the Ashkenazim it is permitted as well as long as the pot has not been used with meat in the last twenty-four hours before its present use.
Q: Should a girl recite “Modeh Ani” in masculine language or feminine language? A: Feminine Language.