Shut SMS #72

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: Why did Hashem, who is completely good, allow the Holocaust?
A: This is not a question for a text message. Call or look in my book: Orot Me-Ofel.

Annulling Marriages
Q: Is it possible to retroactively annul a marriage in order to solve the problem of Agunot (women whose husbands refuse to grant a religious divorce and they are therefore unable to remarry)?
A: No. Halachic authorities already rejected this idea (Shut Melamed Le-Ho'il 3:51. Shut Tzitz Eliezer 1:2 #2).

A Man Wearing a Wedding Ring
Q: It is forbidden for a man to wear a wedding ring?
A: There is no prohibition. Shut Igrot Moshe, Even Ha-Ezer 4:32 #2.

Christian Date
Q: Is it permissible to use the Christian date?
A: One should definitely not use it. Derashot Chatam Sofer vol. 1, p. 93. Shut Maharam Shik, Yoreh Deah #171.

A: Is it permissible to play cards?
A: It is certainly not recommended. Sidur Yavetz, sha'ar #6 chalon #7.

Davening without a Kippah
Q: I accidently davened without a Kippah. Do I have to daven again?
A: You fulfilled your obligation after the fact. Shut Yabai Omer, Orach Chaim 15 #6.

Speaking Hebrew
Q: Is it permissible to use English and Yiddish words while speaking?
A: One should speak pure Hebrew. Sifre – Devarim 46.

Jewish DNA
Q: Is it possible to prove someone's Jewishness by their DNA?
A: No. Although there is above-average closeness of genetic material among Jews, it is merely statistical. And after all, people converted to Judaism from among 200 different races.

Kallah Classes
Q: How much should one pay a woman who teaches a bride the laws of Family Purity?
A: 1000 shekels.

Q: Is it permissible to play the lottery?
A: No, our Sages looked negatively upon one who gambles (Shut She'eilat Shlomo 3:201).

Q: Why are non-Jewish houses of worship so much more beautiful and glorious than shuls?
A: The essence is the service of Hashem and not the human experience.

Talking with My Wife
Q: My wife needs me to talk to her every evening. What about learning Torah?
A: This is a mitzvah, and we learn Torah in order to fulfill it (The blessing Ahavah Rabbah before the Shema).