Short & Sweet - Text Message Q&A #327

Hashem Loves Us
Q: Does Hashem love us despite the fact that we do all sorts of things against His will?
A: Yes, since we are his children.

Ma'aser for Food for a Family with a New Baby
Q: Is it permissible for use Ma'aser to buy food for a family with a new baby?
A: If they are poor.  Ma'aser is for the poor. 

Debt at Kiosk that Closed Down
Q: I had a debt at a Kiosk that closed down and I haven't been able to locate the owner.  What should I do?
A: Try your hardest to find him.  If it is impossible, give the money to a Tzedakah that benefits the most amount of Jews.  For example, an organization that helps Tzahal soldiers, because we all benefit from Tzahal.

The Letter Shin of Tefillin
Q: Why does the letter Shin have three heads on the right-hand side of the head Tefillin and four heads on the left side (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 32:42)?
A: Some explain that the three heads correspond to the three Forefathers and the four heads correspond to the four Foremothers (Eliyahu Rabba ibid. #65).

Selling Weapons
Q: Is it permissible for the State of Israel to sell weapons to another country?
A: If they are not murderers (Rambam, Hilchot Avodah Zarah 9:8,  Hilchot Rotzeach U-Shemirat Nefesh 12:13.  And see a discussion of this entire subject in the book "Kol Yehudah" of Ha-Rav Yehudah Gershuni p. 172).

Visiting Arabs who are Ill
Q: Our youth group is going to the hospital to hand out candy to the sick.  What should we do about the Arab patients?
A: Give to them as well.  Our Rabbis taught: "We sustain the non-Jewish poor with the Jewish poor, visit the non-Jewish sick with the Jewish sick" (Gittin 61a.  Rama, Yoreh Deah 251:1).

Eliyahu's Chair
Q: Is it permissible to sit on Eliyahu's Chair just to sit down?
A: Yes.

Student who Disturbs All the Time
Q: I am a teacher and there is a student who constantly disturbs the class.  What should I do?
A: It seems that something in his life is bothering him.  Have a personal conversation with him.

Tevilah For a Nutcracker
Q: Does a nutcracker require immersion in a Mikveh before use?
A: Yes.  In the book "Tevilat Kelim" of Ha-Rav Tzvi Cohain, p. 197.

Mishneh Torah of the Rambam
Q: How many chapters are in the Rambam's Mishneh Torah?
A: 1000.
Q: How many letters and Teshuvot did the Rambam write?
A: I have heard 3000.

Should I Marry
Q: My father passed away.  My mother is alone and said that if I get married she will be even more alone.  Perhaps I shouldn't get married?

A: You should certainly get married.  1. It is a great Mitzvah.  2. This is what will bring her joy: to see you married and to have grandchildren.  3. You should continue to be as close as possible with her after you are married, obviously in cooperation with your wife.