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Short & Sweet - Text Message Q&A #358


Killing a Snake on Shabbat
Q: If a snake which is known to bite is endangering people on Shabbat, is it permissible to kill him?
A: Yes.  Even if he is still far away and not chasing after a person, and even if the snake is fleeing.  Shemirat Shabbat Ke-Hilchata 25:1.  See details in Piskei Teshuvot 316:12.

Tzedakah Preference
Q: To which organization is it preferable to give Tzedakah: one in Israel where they try to stop women from having abortions, or a local organization that assists couples with fertility treatment? 
A: 1. Both are good.  2. Preventing a transgression comes before performing a Mitzvah.  3. Giving Tzedakah in Eretz Yisrael takes precedence.

Precedence to Cohain
Q: If someone borrowed money from both a Cohain and a Yisrael, should he first return the money to the Cohain?  Or, if he stole money from a Cohain and a Yisrael, should he first return the money to the Cohain?
A: We do not find that a Cohain takes precedence in these matters (see Shut Ha-Shoel 1:93-94).

Arabs – Philistines
Q: How should Tzahal react to the Arabs in Gaza who are sending kites to burn our fields and produce?
A: Just as King David did when the Philistines pillaged our threshing-floors: he smited them.  Shmuel 1 23:1.

Struggling with Soldiers
Q: Is it permissible to struggle with soldiers during an expulsion of a Yishuv or outpost?
A: G-d forbid.  It is a severe Torah prohibition.

Hating Police and Soldiers
Q: Our son was at an expulsion of Jews from their homes, and he called police, officers and soldiers "Haters of Hashem".  How do we help him to love them?
A: They have a Divine, Jewish soul.  Tanya, chapter 32.

Being Pushed by a Female Officer
Q: A female officer pushed me during an expulsion from Jewish homes.  Is it permissible for me to push her back, or it is forbidden on account of the prohibition of Negi'ah (touching the opposite sex)?
A: If you are asking this question you need to find a G-d-fearing psychologist.

Blocking Roads
Q: Is it proper to block roads as a protest against the destruction of Yishuvim?
A: Not if there is no permit from the police.  Are the drivers guilty?

Destroying Yishuvim
Q: It is horrible that the government is destroying Yishuvim and expelling tens of Jewish families from their homes.  How can we be comforted?
A: This is truly horrible.  But we should be comforted by the fact that they did not expelled 400,000 Jews from Judea and Samaria.

"Women of the Wall"
Q: When the "Women of the Wall" push and shove me, what should I do as a woman?
A: Nothing.  Do not stoop to their level.