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Short & Sweet - Text Message Q&A #350


Why Ha-Rav Wears a Non-Black Knit Kipa
Q: In a talk, Ha-Rav said that although the basic Halachah is that one may wear a non-black Kipa, there is a positive aspect to wearing a black Kipa, as was the practice of many in previous generations, including Rabbenu Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah and many of his great students also follow this practice.  If so, why doesn’t Ha-Rav want the Zechut of wearing a black Kipa?  Why does Ha-Rav instead wear a blue Kipa with a white stripe?
A: I want to wear a Kipa similar to that of Tzahal soldiers, who display self-sacrifice to sanctify Hashem's Name (i.e. a knit Kipa with color).

Choosing a Yeshiva
Q: How does one choose a Yeshiva?
A: By finding a place where he will be filled with the most positive character traits and fear of Hashem, and where he will learn the most Torah.

Class on "Road Safety" to Arabs
Q: Can I teach classes on "Road Safety" (both for drivers and pedestrians) in an Arab school?
A: Absolutely.  It is part of the seven Mitzvot incumbent on non-Jews.

Mitzvot Worth 20 Times in Eretz Yisrael
Q: Rabbenu Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah said in the name of the Chafetz Chaim that fulfilling a Mitzvah in Eretz Yisrael is worth 20 times of fulfilling the same Mitzvah outside of Israel (Le-Netivot Yisrael Volume 1, pp. 160, 202.  Sichot Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah - Vayikra, p. 265.  Sichot Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah - Talmud Torah, p. 247).  What is the source of 20 times?
A: It is just an expression to emphasize that fulfilling Mitzvot in Eretz Yisrael is on a different level (The Satmar Rebbe said that fulfilling a Mitzvah in Eretz Yisrael is worth twice that of fulfilling it in Chutz La-Aretz.  Vayoel Moshe, Ma'amar Yishuv Eretz Yisrael 132:1.  He also writes that transgressing in Eretz Yisrael is much more severe than doing so outside of Israel).

Edible Page of Gemara
Q: Is it permissible to print a page of Gemara on edible material to put on a cake and then eat it?
A: No, since it is forbidden to erase words of Torah.  Although there is room to discuss the fact that it was printed for this purpose (See Shut Zekan Aharon 2:70).

Inviting Rabbis to Wedding
Q: My son is getting married and I don't have the courage to invite all of the Rabbis, since it would mean hours of travel for them to get there.  What should I do?
A: Indeed, do not invite them.  It is Bitul Torah (The Meharshag said that his Rebbe, the Maharam Shick, told his grandson not to go to all happy occasions and weddings, adding that when one sits and learns Torah, he never regrets it.  Shut Meharshag 2:125.  And at the wedding of the granddaughter of the Admor of Tzanz from Netanya, they were discussing this Teshuvah, and Ha-Rav Shlomo Lemberger, Av Beit Din Makava Ashdod, said: My father ztz"l would say: And how many weddings where there in the Meharshag's city?  Two or three a year…  The Admor of Tzanz said: In the large cities like Bnei Brak, it is difficult to fulfill the obligation to participate in Simchas…  B"H, Bli Ayin Ha-Ra, there are so many every day, may they increase…  In the weekly parashah sheet 'Betzila Demehimnuta' - Parashat Vayera 5778).

Great Torah Scholars and Redemption
Q: How is it possible that great Torah scholars hold that Redemption cannot come through natural processes?
A: They are great Torah scholars in other areas.