Shut SMS #53

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: I found a cell phone and want to return it. Can I call the owner using his phone or is it stealing?
A: It is permissible. The cost of returning the object is incurred by the one who lost it.
Q: Is there a problem of using the "secular date"?
A: There is certainly a problem. It is connected to idol worship.
Q: It is proper to wear pants under my skirt if the skirt is halachicly long enough?
A: Yes, this is the custom of Yemenite Jews. Obviously, the pants must be modest and not eye-fetching and the skirt must be long enough even when sitting.
Q: What is the minimum size of a kippah?
A: Strict opinion: covers the majority of the head. Lenient opinion: Can be seen from all sides. Shut Yechaveh Da'at.
Q: How can I cleave to Hashem?
A: Cleaving to Hashem is following his traits, which are learned from Musar books like Mesillat Yesharim.
Q: When I wear clothing which is a little immodest I feel like it is pretty and I benefit from it.
A: One needs strength and courage to over the evil inclination which deceives us. When we give up on impure feelings of benefit, we merit true happiness.
Q: Is it permissible to erase Hashem's Name from a computer scene or a cell phone?
A: Yes, since it is not permanent and some say it is indirectly erasing. This is not the sort of writing forbidden by the Torah.
Q: Is it permissible to call a baby the same name which a wicked person had?
A: Ashkenazim and Sefardim do not do so. For example, they do not use the name "Avshalom" (King David's son). But Yemenite Jews do use this name since it is a beautiful name (Father of Peace). If this name is the name of a wicked person but also found in another context, it is permissible, since you are naming the baby after the other context.
Q: Is it permissible name a child after someone who died young?
A: We have the custom not to do so. But if someone died in a plague which took many people's lives, he is not the only one to have died young, and it is permissible to use that name. Similarly, for a soldier who fell fulfilling his duty or a Jew who was killed by a terrorist, it is also permissible, since – to our great distress – this is not a isolated incident.