Shut SMS #39

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-Emunah." Here's a sample:
Q: Does a single woman immerse in a mikveh before Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur?
A: A single woman never immerses in a mikveh.
Q: Is it permissible to take iron supplements on Shabbat?
A: No. It is like all medicine and not a pressing need. Therefore, take it before and after Shabbat.
Q: Is it true what has been publicized that the War of Gog and Magog is coming?
A: Nonsense.
Q: Should we recite a blessing on gum?
A: Before but not after since it is not a large enough amount.
Q: Is it permissible to use a Shabbat elevator?
A: Yes.
Q: Is it permissible to read the New Testament?
A: G-d forbid! Rambam, Hilchot Avodah Zarah 2:4.
Q: A person entered a public pool with paying. Does he have to pay after repenting?
A: Certainly.
Q: What does "Meat Equipment" mean?
A: Parve food cooked in a meat pot.
Q: Do you have to wait six hours after it?
A: No.
Q: Is it permissible to eat "Meat Equipment" with milk?
A: For Sefaradim – it is permissible and for Ashekenazim – only if the pot in which it was cooked was not used the previous 24 hours.
Q: Can someone who ate meat eat food made on "Dairy Equipment" without waiting?
A: Yes.
Q: Ha-Rav wrote that the building of the Temple is still in the distance. What is the source?
A: The Rambam, Hilchot Melachim 1:1-2, says that we must first establish the Kingship of Israel, then eliminate Amalek and only then build the Temple. And this is what our Rabbi, Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah, taught us.
Q: Someone seriously offended me. Do I need to forgive him?
A: No, only if he truly appeases you.
Q: Someone offended me, asked forgiveness and again offended me, etc. Am I obligated to forgive him?
A: Same as above, only if he truly appeases you.
Q: What should I do if someone is speaking during davening and it is disturbing our davening?
A: Gently say to him that our Land is expansive and please talk outside.
Q: The doctor advises hastening the birth. Should we follow his advice or trust in Hashem?
A: Since you are way overdue, his advice is correct, and you should trust in Hashem who said listen to doctors.
Q: Doesn't this confuse the order of souls appearing in the world?
A: No, this is the Divine order.