Shut SMS #55

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 use an animal, like a monkey or dog, to turn on the light on Shabbat?
A: No, it is a Torah prohibition. "In order that your ox rest…"
Q: My son was rejected from entering a "Torani" nursery school because we have a television. Is this right?
A: Experience shows that children learn negative and damaging behavior from TV. You therefore have to choose: TV or a "Torani" nursery school for your child.
Q: If I thought about giving a specific amount to Tzedakah, am I obligated to do so?
A: Yes, if it was a clear decision.
Q: We bought a sliver amulet a few years ago. What should we do with it?
A: Sell it and give the money to the poor.
Q: Should we have a "Chanukat Ha-Bayit" (dedication of our house)?
A: It is a proper custom that the first use of your house be for a holy purpose such as praying or learning Torah, even if you are alone.
Q: Can girls in high school reciting Pesukei De-Zimra with a guitar?
A: No. One needs a trembling of fear when praying. Prayer should be on its own and afterwards play instruments.
Q: Why do Rabbis fight with one another?
A: G-d forbid, they do not fight. There are difference of opinion but with respect and love. "Love peace and truth." Zealots for their own reasons are the minority.
Q: Ha-Rav writes that one should not burn the "challah" separated from the dough in one's oven. Why and what is the source?
A: It is forbidden to eat this separated "challah" and it is "absorbed" into the pan or the bottom of the oven if burnt there. You can wrap it in aluminum foil. If it is not wrapped, it does not make something cooked in the oven unkosher because the taste is nullified by a 1/60th ratio. It is preferable, however, to wrap it in a plastic bag and place it in the garbage (Shemirat Shabbat Ke-Hilchata 42:12 note #52, Shut Mishneh Halachot 12:232 and Machon Ha-Torah Ve-Ha-Aretz – Imunat Etenu #10).
Q: Is there a mitzvah to burn the Koran?
A: No, only that one should not read words of heresy.
Q: Why are there text message responsa? People just make a joke of it.
A: Mockers will always find something to mock. Serious people, like you, read them seriously.
Q: But why not answer at length and in depth?
A: You can find them in my books of responsa and other books.