Short & Sweet - Text Message Q&A #234


Ha-Rav answers hundreds of text message questions a day!  Here's a sample:

 

Knight Festival

Q: Is it permissible to go to the Knight Festival in Yerushalayim?

A: No, they were Christians and killed Jews during the Crusades.

 

Women Drivers

Q: What is the source that it is forbidden for a woman to drive a car?

A: She is permitted to (After all, Rivka drove a camel.  Bereshit 25:61-64.  And see Rabbenu Chananel at the beginning of Massechet Pesachim).

 

One Chief Rabbi

Q: Is it possible to have one Chief Rabbi (instead of both a Sefardic Chief Rabbi and Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi)?

A: If the Nation puts its trust in him.  The same applies for Rabbis of cities.

 

Charedi or Eretz Yisrael

Q: Which is preferable - a Jew living in Eretz Yisrael who does not observe the Torah and Mitzvot or a Jew who lives outside of Israel who observes the Torah and Mitzvot?

A: Faulty logical: You are negating the intermediary position by presenting the only two extreme possibilities: One should be a normal Jew, i.e. observing Torah and Mitzvot here in Eretz Yisrael (Regarding the actual question, see Tal Chermon – Moadim pp. 134-135, that it depends on one's inner motivation.  There are positives on both sides.  And this appears to be a dispute between the Eim Ha-Banim Semeichah and the Satmar Rebbe.  The Eim Ha-Banim Semeichah [pp. 28, 58] writes that one who builds the Land, even without any holy intention, but only for his own benefit, performs a greater spiritual repair in the upper realms than the greatest Tzadik who recites his Tikun Chatzot with crying and lamentations over the Divine Presence and the Exile.  And the Satmar Rebbe completely rejects this notion, since one who performs transgressions in Eretz Yisrael, makes the Land impure, and his reward is offset by his loss.  Vayoel Moshe, Maamar Yishuv Eretz Yisrael #50-54 and elsewhere).

 

Pope

Q: The current Pope has shown himself to be a major appeaser.  Is this positive?

A: This is a deception, since he has no other choice, by which to bring us close to Christianity.  Christianity is not our friend at all, but rather it is our greatest enemy in history.  See Orot, Yisrael U-Techiyato.

 

Heretics

Q: Why don’t we kill all the heretics among the Jewish People?

A: I see that you want to outdo Hitler.  He murdered one-third of Nation of Israel and you want to murder two-thirds. 

 

Chanukiyah in Hotel

Q: Where should one light his Chanukiyah in a hotel?

A: In his room, and he should remain present the entire time to avoid danger, and extinguish it after half an hour (since this is the basic Mitzvah).  If it is impossible, he should light in the dining room or outside the entrance of the hotel (This is also the ruling of Ha-Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv.  Ashrei Ha-Ish, p. 263).

 

Informing about a Death

Q: Should an older, frail man be informed that his brother has passed away when it might negatively impact his health?  And what about Shiva?

A: He should not be informed.  It is considered Lashon Ha-Ra.  One is not obligated in the laws of mourning if he does not know (Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh Deah 337:1.  See Aruch Ha-Shulchan ibid. 1-2.  And when the brother of Ha-Rav Ovadiah Yosef, Ha-Rav Nissim, passed away, Ha-Rav Ovadiah was not informed since there was concern for a deterioration of his health).

Accused Rabbis


Question: How do we deal with the recent phenomenon of great Rabbis being accused of crimes and even being arrested?

Answer: This is an important opportunity to teach ourselves two great ethical and communal principles which apply not only to Rabbis but to every individual.

The first principle is that we do not accuse a person of anything before it is conclusively proven that he transgressed.  The police are justified in checking, investigating and arresting if it is necessary.  Their obligation is to relate to every complaint and clarify whether or it is true.  However, we must not decide that someone who is suspected is guilty.  Before anything is proven, every person – whether a Rabbi, a politician or an average citizen - is considered completely innocent.

It is worthwhile to mention in this context that scientific thinking in general is based on the idea that anything which has not been proven is not accepted.  I remember from my youth hearing a person speaking loudly into a public telephone and saying: "Sir, I am a Cartesist (a student of the great French philosopher René Descartes, the father of critical thinking).  I therefore cannot accept anything before it is proven to be so."

The second principle is that there is a severe prohibition of Lashon Ha-Ra, i.e. relating negative things about a person, even if they are true.  This is not only a severe prohibition from a spiritual, ethical and religious perspective, it is also a phenomenon which threatens to undermine and destroy society.  In ancient Rome, a person who slandered another was punished with exile, not because the Romans were holy people, but because they made a great effort to create and advance a healthy society. 

Therefore, when a person is investigated, and all the more so arrested, whether he is a Rabbi or not, there is a severe prohibition against revealing and publicizing the matter.

May we add purity, sensitivity and love.

Truth or Superstition? #5


Unlearned Person with Spiritual Powers

Q: Can a person who is not a Torah scholar suddenly become a prophet?

A: Not a prophet and not a person with Ruach Ha-Kodesh, since an unlearned person cannot be righteous, and righteousness is a condition for holiness and Ruach Ha-Kodesh.  Shaarei Kedusha of Rabbenu Chaim Vital 3:8.

Q: How then can we explain Manoach?

A: This was a one-time event.  So too Avimelech and Bilaam's donkey.  Shut Ha-Rashba 1:548.

 

Holding the Chuppah Pole

Q: Is it true that if one holds the Chuppah pole it is a Segulah for finding a match?

A: There is no source for this (This was also the response of Ha-Rav Chaim Kanievski.  Segulot Raboteinu, pp. 218-219).

 

Segulah for Chanukah Wicks

Q: I heard that there is a Segulah to find a match by taking the leftover oil and wicks from the Chanukiyah, burning them and then walking over them 7 times.  What is the source?

A: Nonsense (And Ha-Rav Ben Tzion Mutzafi wrote in Shut Doresh Tzion: I have not heard about this).

[By the way, regarding burning the wicks, the Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 677:4) writes that one should burn the leftover oil in the Chanukiyah at the conclusion of Chanukah.  The commentaries add that the same should be done with the wicks which are saturated with the oil.  The reason one should burn them is because they were set aside for a Mitzvah and may not be used for another purpose (such as burning or eating).  If they are put aside for the next year, there is a fear that they will accidentally be used (see Tur ibid. and Mishnah Berurah #19).

If so, it would appear that there is no obligation to burn them according to the basic Halachah, since the only fear is that someone may use them.  It would also therefore be permissible to bury them or place them in a plastic bag and throw them out. 

In his commentary on Pirkei Avot 'Az Yomru' (pp. 131-133), Ha-Rav Yitzchak Aharon Goldberger, Dayan and Rosh Yeshiva of Chasidei Pupa, writes that he discussed this question with the Admor of Pupa.  Rav Goldberger once saw the Admor in the middle of the night bothering himself to burn them in the courtyard, moving them around with a stick in the fire until they were completely burnt up into ash.  Rav Goldberger said that perhaps there is no obligation to burn the wicks, just as it is permissible to throw out detached Tzitzit as long as it is done in a non-disgraceful manner, or to place them in a Geniza according to the custom of those who are meticulous in Mitzvah observance (Shulchan Aruch and Rama, Orach Chaim 21:1).  Similarly, it is permissible to wrap separated Challah in paper and throw it in the garbage if it is difficult to burn it, so that no mishap occurs (Mahar"i Steif brought in Teshuvot Ha-Maor.  And also brought in Moadim Uzmanim 7:177.  See also Shut Minchat Yitzchak 4:13). 

The Admor of Pupa responded that perhaps his words are correct, but since our Sages used the term "to burn it", he prefers to perform the obligation according to what our Sages said.  He is therefore particular to completely burn the wicks.  And this is the Minhag among some Chasidim, and the meticulous burn them among a large group of people.

I did see, however that Ha-Rav Chaim Kanievski answered that the wicks may be buried (Shut Yadon Moshe 12:71).

This, however, has no connection to a Segulah – M.T.]

Love the Charedi as Yourself


[Be-Ahavah U-Be-Emunah – Vayeshev 5774 – translated by R. Blumberg]

 

Love the Charedim as yourself.

The first reason: Obviously, they too are Jews. Loving your fellow Jew means loving the entire Jewish People and not just those similar to you. You don’t need a Torah source for this. It’s natural. Torah sources serve where the act does not come naturally, but requires in depth analysis and effort.

The second reason: Charedim means Torah: Torah learning, Torah observance, devotion to Torah. When they talk, it’s based on Torah. Even if they err, for example, regarding Zionism, it’s based on Torah. They’re not like the secular, whose starting point is not Torah. So the Charedim are closer to us than are the secular. We and the Charedim share precisely the same goal. Our argument has to do with the means, the path. The secular, however, have a different goal. Obviously, deep in their souls their goal is the same, but they express themselves about a different goal.

Therefore, even though the Charedim oppose Zionism, they still contribute a great deal to it through the vigilance they maintain. One requires a bit of expansive thinking to understand this, but let us avail ourselves of Maran Ha-Rav Avraham Yitzchak Ha-Cohain Kook’s words to his disciple, Dr. Moshe Zeidel, who had complaints against the Charedim: “Those innocent Charedim, who in the depths of the purity of their hearts opposed Zionism, are the very same people who refined it and removed a large part of its dross, until they brought it, through their negative actions, to such a level as being worthy to dress it in practical, royal attire, rather than the spirit of the House of Israel just dispersing it.” They, for their part, have “a sort of heartfelt protest based on their sensing the great light of the soul” (Igrot Ha-Re'eiyah 3:156)

Some say that Maran Ha-Rav Kook and Rabbenu Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah Kook loved the secular more than they loved the Charedim. Nonsense! They loved everybody! Rav Tzvi Yehudah said that learning the proper attitude to the secular, whom he defines as “our friends-opponents,” continues: “From here we must learn by a logical process the special value and need of correcting our relationship with parts of our public who are within our camp, and who are equal partners with us in maintaining a vigil on Torah and Mitzvot in the rebirth of Israel and the return to their land. From the nature of those far removed we learn the nature of those close (Le-Netivot Yisrael 2:227).

Therefore, let us not teach the Charedim to love the secular. Let us not teach the Charedim to love the State of Israel or the Israeli army. Rather, let us teach ourselves to love the Charedim.

The third reason: Amongst the Charedim are Torah scholars whom must be related to with reverence and fear. The Talmud in Sanhedrin says that whoever denigrates a Torah scholar is deemed a heretic. The Jerusalem Talmud teaches that it’s like a dome made of stones. If one removes one stone, i.e., if one harms a single Torah scholar, the entire roof falls down. G-d does not forgive those who harm Torah scholars.

Therefore, love your friend as yourself, including the Charedim.

They are classified as your “friend” in every way. As Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto wrote, “The Torah goes ahead and makes a general rule that includes everybody: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ This means ‘as yourself,’ without any difference; ‘as yourself, without any differences, without tricks and plots, literally ‘as yourself’”. (Mesillat Yeshaim 11).

Hey Bear, It's My Place!


Question: Is it worthwhile for the State of Israel to freeze building in the "Settlements" for the sake of much sought-after peace?

 

Answer: There is no need to be a renowned Middle-East expert to know that the Arabs lie and deceive.  The fact that for well over 60 years, much innocent Jewish blood has been shed, leaving orphans and widows, is enough for us understand this fact.  To our great distress, the Rambam already knew this when, in this very context, he mentioned the verse: "I am peace, but when I speak, they are for war" (Tehillim 120:7.  Rambam, Igeret Teiman).

 

A foreign reporter once asked me: Hasn't the time come for the State of Israel to lay down its arms for the sake of peace?  Like every Jew, I responded to the question with a question: In your opinion, what would happen if all of the Arabs countries and all of the terrorists laid down their arms tomorrow?  He answered: The State of Israel would do the same.  I then asked: And what happen if the opposite occurred and Israel laid down its arms?  He said: Within 15 minutes, the State of Israel would be wiped out.  I then turned to him: If so, who is the obstacle to peace? 

 

But above all, have we ever seen a country in the world give up its territory to another who threatens it with war, in order to attain peace?!  Don't forget – this Land belongs to us.  The Arabs have 25 countries, 500 times the size of our country, and do not need to take a bite out of our Land.

 

This was, is and always will be our Land.  It is our Land according to Hashem, according to the Torah, according to the Tanach, according to history, according to the League of Nations and according to the UN.

 

We are not frightened from the threat of thieves at midday.

 

A friend who went on vacation in Alaska told me that while there, he sat by the sea, fishing. During the flight in the small plane that brought them there, someone jokingly asked: "What happens if a bear approaches us?" The group leader didn't laugh. He answered: "Look it straight in the eye and say to it: 'Hey bear, it's my place!'" Later on when my friend was fishing, he heard a rustling behind him. He turned around and saw a terrifying sight – a bear was threatening him. He had the courage to look it in the eye without blinking and to say: "'Hey bear, it's my place!" The bear growled, turned around and left.


We must say the same thing, clearly and without fear, to the Americans, to the Arabs and to the entire world: "'Hey bear, it's my place!"

Short & Sweet - Text Message Q&A #233


Ha-Rav answers hundreds of text message questions a day!  Here's a sample:

Diapers with Color Change

Q: Is it permissible on Shabbat to use a baby diaper with an indicator which changes color to let the parents know when the baby's diaper is wet?

A: Yes.  It is an unintentional act.  And it is performed by a baby (see Shemirat Shabbat Ke-Hilchata 18:18 note #70).

 

Text Message with Girls

Q: Is it permissible for boys to text with girls?

A: Certainly not.  Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 152:8-10.

 

Two Rabbis

Q: Is it permissible for me to have two Rabbis, one which I turn to for certain issues and another which I ask about other issues?

A: Yes.  In the Gemara, Abaye always followed the opinion of Rav except for three issues in which he followed the opinion of Shmuel.

 

Women kissing the Sefer Torah

Q: Is it permissible for the Shaliach Tzibur to carry the Torah close to the Ezrat Nashim in order for the women to kiss the Torah?

A: No.  1. It is immodest (Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 152:8).  2. We do not change the accepted order of Davening (Shut Ha-Rashba 1:323.  See Shut Orach Mishpat #35).

 

Daughter Inheriting

Q: Does the Halachah still apply that a daughter does not inherit?

A: Yes.  Obviously, the sons may waive their portion, which is certainly praiseworthy.  But, nonetheless, the daughter must be provided with sustenance which is occasionally more money than the inheritance would be (See Rama, Even Ha-Ezer 113:2.  Choshen Mishpat 281:7.  And the sons of Ha-Rav Ovadiah Yosef ztz"l signed a document which would provide their sisters with equal inheritance from their father).

 

Yahrtzeit

Q: Is there any significance when a person dies on the Yahrtzeit of a great Tzadik?

A: No.  This always occurs, since there were hundreds of thousands of Tzadikim, and many have died on each day of the year.

 

Carpet for Cohanim

Q: Is there a source for the custom to place a carpet under the feet of the Cohanim during the Birkat Cohanim?

A: No.  See Piskei Teshuvot 128 note #144.

 

Woman leading Kabbalat Shabbat

Q: Is it permissible for a woman to lead Kabbalat Shabbat?

A: G-d forbid!  And it is a double transgression since it is done in the name of the community.  See the article "Le-Mikdash Me'at" of Maran Ha-Rav Kook in Ma'amrei Ha-Re'eiyah.

 

Sefarim

Q: Is it permissible to place objects on top of Sefarim?

A: Certainly not, not even a pen (Shut Igrot Moshe, Orach Chaim 4:72).

 

Office Supplies at Work

Q: Is it permissible to use office supplies at work, such as paper, tape, pen, etc. for personal use?

A: It is forgiven if it is a little.

Truth or Superstition? #4


Kever Rachel

Q: What is the source that Davening at Kever Rachel is a Segulah for fertility?

A: There is no source.  Praying is obviously always beneficial, and this is certainly true at Kever Rachel (And Ha-Rav Ben Tzion Mutzafi similarly writes in Shut Doresh Tzion: I do not know of such a Segulah and its source).

Q: What is the source that a picture of Kever Rachel is a Segulah?

A: There is no source (And Ha-Rav Ben Tzion Mutzafi similarly writes there: There are those who say this is a Segulah, but I am unaware of it).

 

Ring that Fell during Wedding

Q: If the ring fell out of the groom's hand during the wedding, does this mean something?

A: No.  The groom was just excited and nervous (Ner Be-Ishon Laila, p. 151.  And it once happened that the groom dropped the ring and people whispered: It is a sign.  The Rabbi calmed them: It is a simply a sign that the right time was still a few seconds away…).

 

New Mother Going Out

Q: Is it forbidden for a new mother to go out at night during the first 40 nights after giving birth?

A: Nonsense.

 

Two Talitot

Q: Is wearing two or more Talitot a Segulah?

A: No. (And Ha-Rav Ben Tzion Mutzafi similarly writes in Shut Doresh Tzion: There is no such Segulah.  There are many stories about why Ha-Rav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg – Rosh Yeshivah of Torah Or – wears so many pairs of Tzitzit [in his younger years, 150 pairs, and as he has aged about half that number].  Some say that it is in order to fulfill all of the different opinions regarding Hilchot Tzitzit.  Others explain that he began when his daughter was ill in order to fulfill a Mitzvah in her merit.  But Ha-Rav Scheinberg himself says: "It is 15-20 Kilo of Mitzvot…"  "Mishpachah" Magazine of 12 Nisan 5768 #851.  This, however, is the unique practice of a great Rabbi).

"He did not make us like the nations of the world"


[Be-Ahavah U-Be-Emunah – Vayishlach 5774 – translated by R. Blumberg]

 

We must constantly praise the Master of all, day and night, whether He gives us everything or nothing. Yet the truth is that He gives us so much blessing, miraculously or naturally, that even if we wanted to praise Him day and night, our praise would not suffice.

We must praise Him for the air we breathe, for the eyes with which we see, for the sun and the moon, for the flowers and the gardens, for our body and soul.  Yet first and foremost, we must praise G-d for not having made us like the nations of the world, and not having placed us like the families of the earth, for not having designed our destiny to be like theirs, nor our lot like that of all their multitude. He is the Master of all, but within that “all”, we stand out. We belong to the family of nations, yet within that family we are unique, bearing the souls of Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov, Sarah, Rivka, Rachel and Leah. We are a special family, a marvelous family, an unparalleled family.

We were a family already before the Sinai Revelation, the family of a special Nation, a family eternally beloved. This is the greatest kindness that exists. How fortunate that we are who we are, whether or not we are aware of it.

We see nations – G-d have mercy on them – who are wild men, men on the outside but wild beasts on the inside. Thank G-d He did not make us like them.

We don't hate them. Every day, in the “Aleinu” prayer, we pray for them, thrice daily: “Perfect the world under the reign of the Almighty, such that all mankind will call upon Your Name, and all the wicked of the earth will be turned to You.”

We don't hate them. At the end of our prayers, we pray for them that they should all merit to become righteous nations. On that day, G-d will be one and His Name one. Yet in the meantime, there is only us.

Beloved is man, that he was created in G-d's image, and above him stands Israel, who are called G-d's children. All flesh are destined to be beloved and upright, and to live in eternal peace.

We are the family of Avraham the Hebrew. The entire world was on one side and he was on the other, and together with that, G-d blessed him. “All the nations of the earth shall be blessed through you” (Bereshit 12:3).

As far as all the wicked turning to G-d, that will come to pass. It won't be today or tomorrow, and apparently not the day after tomorrow either, but it will happen, and we shall await it patiently.

We are the disciples of Yehoshua bin Nun, who conquered the Land and settled it. It was he who authored the “Aleinu” prayer, quoted above, which we have recited down through the generations, relating to those same nations who shed our blood and who still continue to do so.

As for us, how good our portion and how pleasant our lot. How fortunate we are to be us!

Short & Sweet - Text Message Q&A #232


Growing a Beard

Q: I want to grow a beard but my mother is opposed.  What should I do?

A: You should grow it, and appease her by telling her that you want to marry a woman who wants a husband with a beard (Ha-Rav Chaim Kanievski related that the Chafetz Chaim also gave the same advice, and the mother of the man agreed that he should grow a beard.  Minchat Todah p. 89).

 

Cohain Leaving Eretz Yisrael

Q: Is there more of a prohibition for a Cohain to leave Eretz Yisrael for the impurity of the lands outside of Israel than the general prohibition of leaving Eretz Yisrael?

A: Yes (And this is the opinion of Ha-Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach.  Halichot Shlomo – Tefillah, Chap. 10 note #12.  Unlike the opinion of Va-Yoel Moshe, Maamar Yishuv Eretz Yisrael, Chap. 132 #11 and Shut Teshuvot Ve-Hanhagot 2:565).

 

Kol Isha

Q: Why is it written in the Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 75:3) that it is forbidden to hear a woman sing during Keriat Shema, it is always forbidden to hear a woman sing?

A: Then it is forbidden to even hear your wife sing (And the Rama explains so there).

 

Slap for Rav Ovadiah's Honor

Q: Is it permissible for me to give someone a slap who makes fun of Rav Ovadiah?

A: No.  But admonish him.

 

Shul in Name of Yitzchak Rabin

Q: Is there a problem to Daven in a Shul named in memory of Yitzchak Rabin?

A: There is certainly no problem.  That is a strange question.

 

Adult Films

Q: A Rabbi said that one who watches adult films on the internet is evil.  Is this true to such an extent?

A: Certainly, since these films are made by taking advantage of poor and down-cast women's weaknesses, forcing them, raping them and destroying them.  One who is a partner to wickedness is evil.

 

Finds a More Beautiful Woman

Q: Rabbi Akiva says that if one finds a woman more beautiful than his wife, he is permitted to get a divorce.  Gittin 90a.  This is difficult to understand.

A: If one finds a woman more beautiful than his wife, it is a sign that the marriage is in poor condition.

 

Boycotting Israel

Q: What should we do if European countries boycott Israeli products?

A: Let's see how they get along without the technological advances we invented in cell phone, computers and medical equipment.

 

Taking Counsel with One's Wife

Q: Why did Yaakov Avinu take counsel with Rachel and Leah about whether or not they should return to Israel, when Hashem explicitly commanded him to do so?

 A: One should not give his wife orders but include her respectfully in the decision.  Commentary of the Shelah ibid.

 

Modesty

Q: I dress extremely modestly but every time a hair pops out of my head-scarf, my husband points it out.  I am insulted and I tell him.  He then gives me Mussar.  What should I do?

A: Tell him you are no longer a teenager in high school.  And in any case, not all religious high schools point out to the girls when something needs improvement.  If need be, speak to my wife.

Vayishlach: One United Whole


[Tal Chermon]

 

Question: Why does the injury Yaakov incurs when wresting with the angel translate into a prohibition against eating the Gid Ha-Nasheh (sciatic nerve) of an animal?  What do the animals have to do with Yaakov's experience?

Answer: This question is not specific to this halachah but is relevant to many halachot.  For example, when a person becomes impure, his purification is affected by the sprinkling of the ashes of the red heifer.  The unsolved murder of a wayfarer is atoned for by a decapitated calf.  A goat is sent to Azazel as part of the atonement process on Yom Kippur for the sins of the Jewish People.  It is evident that there is a connection between human existence and the animal kingdom.  This is because the whole of existence is a single organism referred to in Hebrew as the "Datzcham" Unit - an acrostic standing for the four realms of existence: a. "Domem" – inanimate elements.  b. "Tzome'ach" – vegetation.  c. "Chai" – the animals. d. "Medaber" – the speaking being, i.e. humans (See Orot Ha-Kodesh 2, p. 361).   All levels are interrelated and connected through hidden pathways.  We and the animals are connected.  This was very obvious in Noach's Ark where the whole remnant of the animal world was dependent on Noach.  Therefore, an improvement in one part of this united whole, such as in the animal kingdom, can heal and improve another part of the organism, namely, man.  This is just like a human being who takes a tablet through part of his body and yet is healed an in entirely different part, because the same vitality flows through all of the limbs and thus unites them.  A frailty in Yaakov's thigh thus can be reflected in the prohibition to eat a certain limb in an animal.

 

Truth or Superstition? #3


Passing a Knife

Q: Is it true that one should not pass a knife from one person's hand to another's but rather should place it on the table and the other person pick it up?

A: Not true (see Ner Be-Ishon Layla p. 240).

 

Clothing on the Deceased

Q: Can I wear the dress of a woman who passed away?  I was told that it will bring me negative energy.

A: Nonsense (One should only refrain from wearing shoes that were being worn by a person when he passed away.  Gesher Ha-Chaim Vol. 1 8:2).

 

Complete Fast

Q: There is a concept of a complete fast called "Inedia", in which one eats no food and is sustained by the air, light and universal energy.  Some have followed this method for years and have been sustained?

A: Nonsense.  A person needs food and drink.  Those who claim that they do not eat are deceptive and eat in secret.  A critical medical trial with the head of the cult was stopped after a few days because it reached a dangerous stage.  Students pay a huge sum of money for these seminars.  Three naïve students died from starvation (Skepdic.com).

 

Segulah for Woman to Cover Her Hair

Q: My wife does not want to cover her hair.  Is there a Segulah so she will?

A: Speak to her heart (And similarly in Shut Doresh Tzion, Ha-Rav Ben Tzion Mutzafi said: There are no Segulot.  Work and you will be successful in explaining it to her).