Shut SMS #59

Rabbi Shlomo Aviner 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 place one's fingers in the cracks and crevices of the Kotel?
A: The book "Mishkenot Le-Avir Yaakov" forbids it since it is forbidden to enter the Temple Mount when impure and the Kotel is considered part of the Temple Mount (chapter one of Massechet Tamid). Many authorities are therefore strict in this matter (Ha-Rav Joseph Soloveitchik in Nefesh Ha-Rav p. 101 and the Chazon Ish in Pe'er Ha-Dor vol. 2 p. 48). But the Avnei Nezer (vol. 2 Yoreh Deah 450-451) permits it because the Kotel does not possess the holiness of the Temple Mount, and even if we say that the Kotel is part of the Temple Mount, entering with one's fingers is a "Bi'ah Bemiktzat" (a partial entrance) and is not considered entering; andeven if we say that a "Bi'ah Bemiktzat" is considered entering, it is not entering in the usual manner, since people enter through the gates and not through the walls. And this is the ruling of many authorities (Ha-Rav Ovadiah Yosef in Ha-Kotel Ha-Ma'aravi Halachot U-Minhagim pp. 74-75 note 47 and Ha-Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach said that the great Rabbis of Israel were not concerned about this). But it is proper to be strict. And our Rabbi, Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah, was careful not to place his fingers between the stones of the Kotel and refrained from kissing a stone of the Kotel, which was not protruding.
Q: The evil inclination causes me to sin. How do I get rid of him?
A: Read a lot of Mesilat Yesharim.
Q: An alternative medicine doctor told me to put rice on my calloused hand and bury it in dirt. My father told me not to listen to him. What should I do?
A: Do not do it. Superstition.
Q: Should I refrain from reserve duty in Tzahal because of the expulsions?
A: There is no connection. Our army is a good army which protects our Nation and Land. (Rambam, Hilchot Teshuvah 3:2)
Q: Is it forbidden to sit opposite a mirror?
A: Superstition.
Q: Do parents have to pay for something a child breaks?
A: Yes, to save him from heavenly punishment when he reaches adulthood, and to save him from the Beit Din that has to punish him. (Shut She'eilat Shlomo 3:454)
Q: I am Charedi but am pulled towards the Religious-Zionist community. What should I do?
A: Find a Religious-Zionist community which is also Charedi.
Q: I want to stop working for a year in order to learn Torah. Should I do this and have faith that Hashem will provide for me?
A: Faith is believing that Hashem will fulfill that which He promised, but since Hashem promised you nothing in this case, it is impossible for you to decide for Him. From the book "Le-Oved Hashem" by Rabbenu Avraham ben Ha-Rambam.
Q: There is a problem for a couple to have the same first name?
A: There is no problem.
Q: Does one have to return an immodest book to someone who lost it?
A: No, it is not a kindness.