Shut SMS #80

Rabbi 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:
Waiting between Meat and Milk
Q: If someone eats a tiny bit of meat, it is permissible to eat dairy right after?
A: It is forbidden (Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh Deah 89:1).

Army Service
Q: I can get out of military service in a legal way and I am inclined to do so because of what happened in Gush Katif and Amonah. Is it permissible?
A: It is a great mitzvah to protect the Nation and Land.

Temple Mount
Q: Is it permissible to visit the Temple Mount?
A: It is forbidden to ascend the Temple Mount as is the opinion of the majority of Rabbis and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. We must increase holiness among the Nation and the time for the building of the Temple will arrive.

Giving a Hug and Kiss to a Non-Jewish Father
Q: Is it permissible for a Jewish woman to give her non-Jewish father a hug and a kiss?
A: Yes.

Buying Items before Birth
Q: Is it a problem to buy items for a baby before he is born?
A: There is no problem.

Affection between Parents
Q: Is it permissible for parents to show signs of affection in front of their little children?
A: It is permissible and proper.

Divorcee Covering her Hair
Q: Must a divorcee continue to cover her hair?
A: Yes, except in the rare case that it is preventing her from remarrying (Shut Igrot Moshe Even Ha-Ezer 4:32 #4).

Male Hair Stylist
Q: Is it permissible for a woman to go to a male hair stylist?
A: It is forbidden, whether she is married or single.

Medical Clown
Q: Is it permissible for a woman to learn and work as a medical clown?
A: Yes, for women.

Health Club
Q: Is there a prohibition for a woman to work out at a health club?
A: It is permissible with the condition that it is completely separate from the men.

Q: Can a woman work as a waitress?
A: Yes, if she does so with modesty. And the same applies when she serves guests in her home.

Ankle Bracelet
Q: It is permissible for a woman to wear an ankle bracelet?
A: With the condition that it is modest and does not draw attention.

Q: Is there a difference in our struggle between a legal and an illegal outpost?
A: The evacuations are illegal but the struggle must be conduct without sinning, i.e. without violence, without insults and without hatred.

Economic Situation
Q: Will my economic situation improve?
A: We do not know, but there is hope with prayer, repentance and Tzedakah.

First Year of Marriage
Q: Is it permissible during my first year of marriage to go on a trip for a few days with two friends while my wife stays at home?
A: If she wants.
Q: Meaning, if she agrees?
A: No, if she wants it.

Good and Evil Inclination
Q: Do the good and evil inclinations exist within a person, i.e. the decision which way to direct his powers, or is there an external spiritual reality which acts upon a person, such as angels?
A: Both of these are explanations of our Rabbis, the Sages of the intellect and the Mystical Sages. Igeret Ha-Musar of Rabbi Yisrael Salanter, printed at the end of Mesilat Yesharim. And see Orot Ha-Kodesh 3, 135. 235.

Q: When will the Messiah come? We suffer so much. We pray every day but he does not come!
A: He has already come a little.
Q: What does that mean?
A: Building of the Land. The Return to Zion. The establishment of the State. The wars of Israel. Jerusalem. The return of Ahavat Yisrael. The return of the Torah to Eretz Yisrael.

Wedding Ring on Credit
Q: Is it permissible for a groom to buy the bride's wedding ring on a credit?
A: Most authorities permit it, but it is proper to be strict and either put some money down or if paying in installments to make the first payment before the wedding. Otzar Ha-Poskim #80.

Clothing for Davening
Q: Is this permissible to daven while wearing shorts?
A: If in that time and place, people stand dressed in that way before a king (Shut She'eilat Shlomo 1:40).

Kivrei Tzadikim (graves of the righteous) outside of Israel
Q: Is it permissible to leave Israel in order to daven at Kivrei Tzadikim, and then immediately return?
A: Rav Kook forbids it. Mishpat Cohaim #147. There are greater Tzadikim here.

Kivrei Tzadikim
Q: Is it preferable to travel to the grave of Rebbe Nachman in Uman or Maarat HaMachpelah?
A: With all of his importance, our Forefathers are great than Rebbe Nachman.

Continuous Mitzvot
Q: Do the six continuous Mitzvot apply when one is in the bathroom?
A: Yes. See Chochmat Shlomo, Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 80:5.