Shut SMS #135

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King Shlomo
Q: Did King Shlomo really understand what the animals were saying?
A: Yes.

Sacrifices in the Future
Q: When the Temple is rebuilt will there be sacrifices?
A: Certainly. They are mentioned in the prayers. They will only cease in the far off distant future. See Pinkasei Ha-Re'eiyah of Maran Ha-Rav Kook vol. 1.

Blessing against Heretics
Q: To whom is the blessing against Heretics referring?
A: Christians, missionaries. See Rambam, Hilchot Tefillah 2:1.

Pirkei Avot
Q: Are our Rabbis' words in Pirkei Avot obligatory or just good advice?
A: In general, they are acts of piety. But each teaching must be examined individually .

Learning during Repetition of the Shemoneh Esrei
Q: Is it permissible to learn Torah during the repetition of the Shemoneh Esrei, if there is a Minyan without me?
A: No. Mishnah Berurah (124:17. Ha-Rav Chaim Kanievski says that learning Torah during the repetition of the Shemoneh Esrei, it is a Mitzvah performed through a transgression. See Shut Igrot Moshe Orach Chaim 4:19).

Shliach Tzibur who Hates
Q: If a person calls Israeli police officers "S.S.", can he serve as a Shliach Tzibur?
A: Certainly not. But do not get involved in a dispute.

Honoring Parents and Tzahal
Q: My parents do not want me to go into the army. Am I obligated to listen to them?
A: No. Honoring parents does not apply if one's parents try to prevent him from fulfilling a Mitzvah. One should obviously try to reason with and calm them (Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh Deah 240:14).

Martial Arts
Q: Is it proper to send our child to learn martial arts in order learn self-defense and strengthen his confidence, or will it accustom him to violence?
A: It is proper. It will not accustom him to violence, but – on the contrary – self-control.

Stuttering Shliach Tzibur
Q: Can a person who stutters serve as Shliach Tzibur?
A: If the community agrees.
Q: And what about the honor of Hashem?
A: Fearing-G-d is more important than this deficiency. The Gemara relates about a Shliach Tzibur who could not properly say the letters (Megilah 24b. See Shai Cohain of Ha-Rav Shear Yashuv Cohain vol. 1 #1).

Horoscope
Q: Is it possible to know a person's nature based on his horoscope?
A: No. We do not possess such knowledge.