Shut SMS #52

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: Is it permissible to give a child a name with Hashem's Name in it?
A: It is permissible. When we call a child "Michael" we do not mean to say "Mi Ca-El" (Who is like Hashem).
Q: Is it permissible to think about Hashem in the bathroom?
A: No, but it is permissible to believe in Him there. Chochmat Shlomo, Orach Chaim 46.
Q: Is it permissible to hang up pictures of Rabbis in kids' room where there may be diapers?
A: Yes.
Q: Who decides when there are differences of opinions between parents?
A: They should work it out together.
Q: Without asking me, my friends asked a kabbalist about me and he said I should change my name. Am I obligated to do so?
A: Certainly not! In general, changing a name only has value when accompanied by serious repentance. Rambam. Ron.
Q: Which acts should I perform to sanctify Hashem's Name?
A: Ethical ones. Rambam, Yesodei Ha-Torah 5:11.
Q: Is it permissible to visit the Israel Museum which is open on Shabbat but has free entrance?
A: It is forbidden because its operation involves desecration of Shabbat.
Q: Should we organize an "Amen Meal" for the benefit of a sick person?
A: Give the money to Tzedakah.
Q: Is the story of the Maharal of Prague making a Golem true?
A: There is no documentation; it is a popular tradition.
Q: How does one overcome jealousy?
A: Read what is written in chap. 11 of Mesillat Yesharim.
Q: Is it permissible to read the horoscope in the newspaper?
A: It is forbidden and nonsense.
Q: Is it permissible to use dental floss on Shabbat?
A: If it is pre-ripped and on condition that it does not cause bleeding.
Q: What is the source of the Chamsa?
A: Superstition among the Arabs.
Q: Is it permissible to have a tongue ring?
A: It is forbidden because of "Chukot Ha-Goyim" – imitating non-Jewish practices.
Q: Why do we have to be "Shomer Negia" (it is forbidden for men and women to touch)? It is difficult.
A: This wonderful connection is saved for marriage. In general, it is difficult to follow the Torah, but worthwhile.
Q: Is it permissible to go to a bar or pub?
A: It is certainly forbidden because of the prohibition of men and women mingling, "Moshav Leitzim" (frivolity) and drinking, which is improper behavior.
Q: My father is arguing with my grandfather, and my father wants me to sever all contact with my grandfather. Should I listen?
A: If it is not really justifiable, you should continue your relationship with your grandfather. If a father instructs his son to commit a transgression he is not to be obeyed, and to hate a fellow Jew and not speak to him is a transgression; and this applies all the more so to one's grandfather. But try to continue your relationship with your grandfather secretly. Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 143:11.