Shut SMS #49

Ha-Rav 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: Should I stay in a job which is not good for me?
A: Until you find another.
Q: What blessing did they recite on the manna?
A: "Ha-Motzi Lechem Min Ha-Shamayim" (Who brings forth bread from the heavens).
Q: Is "Maaser Kesafim" an obligation?
A: Each person according to his ability.
Q: Is reciting "Perek Shira" a segula (spiritual remedy) for finding a match?
A: Like all other mitzvot.
Q: Is it worthwhile to take a trip to Petra in Jordan?
A: No. 1. It is dangerous. 2. It is Eretz Yisrael but it is not under Israeli sovereignty and visiting there is descending in holiness.
Q: Why did Hashem create creatures which have no benefit like flies and ants?
A: Every creature has a benefit based on the wisdom of the Creator, and that which has not been revealed now will be revealed in the future. Rambam in his introduction to the Mishnah.
Q: If I began reciting the Shemoneh Esrei facing the wrong direction, is it permissible to turn around?
A: Yes, walking without talking is not considered a break.
Q: A miracle occurred to me and I want to thank Hashem. What should I do?
A: Tzedakah.
Q: Is it permissible to enter a bathroom with a siddur or Mishnah in my pocket?
A: If it is in a bag, i.e. two coverings.
Q: Is it permissible to borrow money from the Tzedakah box?
A: For a short time and return a little extra.
Q: It is difficult for me to honor my parents. What can help?
A: A feeling of gratitude.
Q: I work with youth groups and realized that my Tzitzit are invalid. Should I have taken them off and the kids would see me without Tzitzit or continued wearing them even though they are invalid?
A: Take them off in front of them and explain why you are removing them. This is great education.
Q: Is it permissible to kill or catch a fly that is bothering me on Shabbat?
A: Certainly not.
Q: Is it forbid for a man or women to wear red?
A: Yes, because of "Chukat Ha-Goyim" (following non-Jewish practices). See Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 3. And it also draws attention in our days.
Q: Do I have to tell a potential Shidduch of my past transgressions from before I was religious?
A: No, repentance erases them.
Q: Does a broken mirror mean anything?
A: It is a superstition.
Q: Is it permissible to say "Yah Allah" (Oh G-d!) in Arabic?
A: It is forbidden because of the prohibition of saying Hashem's Name in vain, which applies in other languages as well.
Q: Is one obligated by the Halachah to follow the laws of the State of Israel?
A: Yes. 1. Dina De-Malchuta Dina - The laws of the country must be followed, even in another country. 2. "Shivat Tuvei Ha-Ir" - The seven leaders of a city must be followed. 3. The Government has the authority of a king in this realm.
Q: Should I accept a "Shidduch" with a woman who has non-religious parents?
A: Yes, the most important thing is the woman. Rivka also had non-religious parents, as did Rachel and Leah.