Shut SMS #43

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: Why do blessings begin in the second person and continue in the third person?
A: Because Hashem is close to us within the world and far away beyond the world (Nefesh Ha-Chaim 3).
Q: Do I have to wait 6 hours between meat and milk or is 5 emough?
A: You need 6 hours (Shulchan Aruch 89:1) unless you have a halachic-based tradition of waiting 5 hours.
Q: Ha-Rav wrote that the basic halachah is that it is not forbidden to give a boy’s name to a girl and vice-versa, but it is improper. What is the source?
A: The book “Ta’ama De-Kara” of Ha-Rav Chaim Kanievski, p. 119.
Q: Do we fulfill mitzvot because Hashem commanded us to do so or because they elevate us?
A: Because Hashem commanded. But Hashem commanded in order to elevate us: “Who has made us holy with His mitzvoth and commanded us…”
Q: Does a younger sister have to wait before her older sister is married?
A: Not in our times.
Q: I had a good friend, who was Druze, who was killed in the last war. Is it permissible for me to recite Tehillim for the ascension of his soul?
A: Yes, he is a righteous gentile.
Q: If I wear a skirt down to the floor, do I have to wear socks?
A: No.
Q: Where is it written that we must learn about faith?
A: It is part of the Torah, and one must learn all of the Torah.
Q: Is there a halachic basis for the practice to wait three hours between meat and milk?
A: Yes, it is a stricter version of the position mentioned in the Tosafot and Rama to wait an hour, which is practiced among Jews of German descent.
Q: Is it permissible to speak with Hashem like a friend?
A: With trembling of holiness.
Q: Is it permissible to take bottles from the municipal recycling bin?
A: No. It is theirs.
Q: Is it permissible to pay with a counterfeit coin I received?
A: Definitely not. It is theft.
Q: I broke a friend's possession which he bought on sale. How much do I have to pay?
A: The price which it can be purchased in the marketplace.
Q: Is it an obligation to wear a seatbelt?
A: Yes, it is a life-threatening situation.
Q: Is it permissible to smoke?
A: Certainly not. It is dangerous. 1000 die from smoking in Israel each year and 1600 from second-hand smoke.
Q: It is permissible to kill flies or mosquitoes who are bothering me? After all, they were created by Hashem.
A: It is permissible. If it is for a human need, it is not considered cruelty.
Q: It is permissible to have a dog?
A: Yes, with the condition that it does not bother the neighbors by scaring them, with barking or filth.
Q: Is it permissible to put a dog who is suffering to sleep?
A: Yes, and it is a kindness.