Shut SMS #51

Ha-Rav 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: What did they learn in the Yeshiva of Shem and Ever?
A: The seven mitzvot of Noach, and general ethics.
Q: Is it permissible to eat food I put under my bed?
A: One should not put food there but after the fact it is permissible to eat.
Q: Should we say Tachanun on the holiday of Sigd (celebrated by those who made aliyah from Ethiopia)?
A: Yes, but those who made aliyah from Ethiopia should not.
Q: Should one stand out of respect on the bus for an elderly Arab or Bedouin?
A: Yes.
Q: Does lipstick require kosher certification?
A: It is certainly preferable since it may have fat from non-kosher animals or have absorbed non-kosher fat on the assembly line. The basic Halachah, however, is that it is permissible since lipstick is inedible. If one intentionally eats it is a Rabbinical prohibition.
Q: Does one recite a blessing on a favored cough drop?
A: Yes.
Q: Is it permissible to go to see standup comedy?
A: No, it is "Moshav Leitzim: frivolity. Avodah Zarah 18b.
Q: My In-Laws interfere with everything in our lives and now they want us to use amulets. What should we do?
A: Treat them with respect but do what you want.
Q: Is it permissible to name a child after a non-Jew?
A: There is no prohibition, but it is certainly preferable to name after a Jew. As is known, our ancestors in Egypt were praised because they did not change their names but kept their Hebrew names. Similarly, it is certainly proper to Hebraicize a non-Hebrew name, but one is not required to do so.