Short & Sweet - Text Message Q&A #349

Contagious Virus
Q: Is a person who has a contagious virus obligated to remain at home and not go shopping so he doesn't infect others?
A: He should ask a doctor.

Factory in Eretz Yisrael
Q: Is a factory in Eretz Yisrael considered holy?
A: It is not holy but a Mitzvah.  The Mitzvah of settling the Land of Israel.  Obviously, every Mitzvah makes one holy, as the blessing says: Blessed is Hashem… who has made us holy with His Mitzvot".

New Ketubah Following Name Change
Q: If a married person changes his/her name, must one write a new Ketubah?
A: No, since it was correct at the time of its writing.  Furthermore, during our time it is possible to identify to whom it refers.  Shut Shevet Ha-Levi (8:286 #3) and Shut Minchat Yitzchak (7:117).

Mercaz Ha-Rav Break-Away
Q: What is Ha-Rav's opinion about the Mercaz Ha-Rav break-away that began Yeshivat Har Ha-Mor about 20 years ago?
A: My opinion is that one should learn Chumash with Rashi instead of placing your head between great mountains so that your skull doesn't get crushed.

Mentioning Person who Showed You a Source
Q: Quoting a teaching one heard from another person brings the Redemption (Pirkei Avot 6:6.  Megilah 16a).  If someone showed me a source and I quoted it, am I obligated to mention the person's name or do I just mention the source?
A: Just the Source (Ha-Rav David Cohen, Ra"m in our Yeshiva Ateret Yerushalayim, told me that Ha-Rav Shlomo Fisher, Rosh Yeshivat Itri and Av Beit Din in Yerushalayim, told him that if one shows you a source, perhaps you should give him a gift but there is no need to mention his name).

Child Not Speaking Nicely
Q: If a young child is speaking inappropriately what should we do – become angry or ignore it?
A: Neither.  Educate him.

Mistaken Tzedaka
Q: I slept in a public park with a friend and someone put Tzedaka in my shoe.  What should I do?
A: Give it to Tzedaka.  Praiseworthy are you Israel, merciful ones the children of merciful ones.

Temple Mount?!
Q: What is Ha-Rav's opinion regarding ascending on to Har Ha-Bayit?
A: My personal opinion does not matter after the Chief Rabbinate of Israel prohibited going onto the Temple Mount, as indicated on the signs it posted there.  Maran Ha-Rav Kook and Rabbenu Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah also forbade it, as have all Gedolei Yisrael.  And one who desires to ascend to the Temple Mount based on the claim that there is no holiness in those areas, recalls the following famous difficulty: The Gemara in Kiddushin (31a) states that if both one's father and mother ask him to bring them water, his father's request comes first because he and his mother are commanded to honor his father.  The Gemara in Chullin (11b), however, states that the honor to one's mother is a certain obligation while the honor to one's father is based on a doubt, because perhaps the man is not his father.  If so, should his mother's honor take precedence?  Answer: What kind of honor is it to one's mother to honor her based on the claim that the man she claims to be his father is a question of doubt?!  If so, what kind of honor is it to the Temple Mount to ascend upon it by claiming that it is not holy?!  And the only thing to add are the words of Maran Ha-Rav Kook, that one infringement on the holiness of the Temple Mount undoes all of the merit of building millions of Yishuvim in Eretz Yisrael (Igrot Ha-Re'eiyah Volume 2, p. 285).

Taken Before His Time
Q: Is it permissible to say about someone who died young: He was taken before his time?
A: Everything which happened is by Divine providence and everyone is taken at his exact time (Yevamot 50a).  We obviously still mourn over our loss.

Charedim and Soldier
Q: I serve in Tzahal and returned home from the army after a long time.  I passed a protest of Charedim against being drafted into the army.  They pushed me and insulted me, and I am full of anger.

A: 1. This is an extremely rare occurrence.  2. May Hashem have mercy on them.  3. There is great merit for one who is insulted and does not insult (Shabbat 88b).