Shut SMS #83

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:
Foreign Workers' Children
Q: Is it permissible to expel foreign workers' and their children from Israel?
A: We must honor the agreements we have with them, not more and not less. We have more than enough foreigners in our Land.

Torah and Humanity
Q: Is it true that there is a contradiction between the Torah and humanity, and one should find the middle path?
A: Incorrect. The Torah includes the highest level of humanity, and contains the solution to any problem.

Homosexual Inclinations
Q: Isn't it denigrating to someone who has homosexual inclinations to say that he can be straightened out through treatment?
A: On the contrary, it shows the greatest value for his pure and strong soul which can overcome anything.

Picture without Permission
Q: Is it permissible to take someone's picture without his permission?
A: Certainly not. Only if you are sure that he agrees (Shut Mishneh Halachot 4:114. See Shut Be-Tzel Ha-Chochmah 4:85

Kosher Medicine
Q: Are pills against heartburn kosher?
A: Medicine which lacks taste is kosher.

Tzitzit for a Child
Q: Is there a problem for a 3-year old to wear ripped Tzitzit?
A: He must wear kosher Tzitzit.

Bride and Groom
Q: Is it permissible for a bride and groom to dance in front of others?
A: G-d forbid. It is forbidden for a woman to dance in front of men, and is it also forbidden for a couple to show affection in front of women (see the book "Gan Na'ul).

Salt and Pepper Shakers
Q: Does one need separate salt and pepper shakers for milchig and fleischig?
A: It is proper since they get dirty.