Short & Sweet - Text Message Q&A #331

100 Blessings a Day
Q: Does the requirement to recite 100 blessings a day begin from the morning or the night?
A: From when three stars come out at night.  Piskei Teshuvot 46:10.
Q: Who established this obligation?
A: King David.  And some explain that he re-established a decree that had been forgotten.  Ibid. #9.
Q: Are women obligated to recite 100 blessings each day?
A: It is a dispute.  Ibid.

Gemara Aids
Q: Is it permissible to use a Gemara which has vowels and punctuation?
A: Yes.  It is very good.
Q: But one must learn with toil?
A: Don't worry.  There is toil with this as well.

Choosing an Apartment
Q: We found an apartment that fills our needs.  Do we need to ask a Rabbi for approval to buy or rent it?
A: No.

Religious-Zionists and Charedim
Q: Are we as Religious-Zionists closer to the secular Jews or to Charedi Jews?
A: To the Charedim: we have the shared goal of creating a holy State, even though we have a difference opinions on how to get there.  With the secular Jews, we have a difference of opinion regarding the goal itself.
Q: Why do we always talk about connecting with the secular Jews but not with the Charedim?
A: This is a mistake.  We need unity among the entire Nation.
Q: Are we obligated to help the Charedim do Teshuvah regarding their relationship to the State of Israel?
A: We are obligated to help ourselves do Teshuvah.
Q: Should we force the Charedim to join the Army?
A: No.  Things such as this cannot be forced.  We have to have patience.  There are more Chardeim going into the army each year.  Following the enactment of the new law, however, which forced them, the number declined significantly.  The exact opposite of what we want.

Cohanim During the Winter
Q: How will Cohanim work in the Beit Ha-Mikdash during the winter when they are barefoot?
A: The same as in the past: with self-sacrifice.

Dispute in the Gemara
Q: Is it logical that there are so many disputes in the Gemara?
A: They are very few disputes.  There is agreement on 99% of the issues, and disputes about only 1%, but the disputes fill up 99% of the Gemara.

One Book or Many
Q: Is it preferable to learn one book at a time or many books?
A: One book.  One should focus.  What one does, he should do well.  However, a person should learn Torah in a subject that his heart desires (Avodah Zarah 19a).  Therefore, if his learning in many books at a time brings more blessing than learning one book, he should do so.

Transgressions in Eretz Yisrael
Q: Which is worse – transgressions outside of Eretz Yisrael or within Eretz Yisrael?

A: Within Eretz Yisrael, since rebelling against the king is more severe than rebelling in the street.  Therefore, according to the Terumat Ha-Deshen and the Sha'arei Tzedek by the author the Chayei Olam, one who is not a Tzadik should not make Aliyah.  The Halachah, however, does not follow them.  Rather, one should make Aliyah and strengthen his commitment to Torah (see Alo Naale #56).