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Short & Sweet - Text Message Q&A #363


Honoring Rabbis
Q: I harshly admonished someone who called Ha-Rav Chaim Druckman: "Druckman" without the title of Rabbi, and asked him to leave our Shul.  Was I correct?
A: Very correct.  It is honoring the Torah (By the way, Ha-Rav refers to Rav Druckman as "Mori Ve-Rebbe" - "My teacher and my Rabbi" in Shut She'eilat Shlomo, which is unusual.  Ha-Rav explained to me: "I learned from him when I was in Bnai Akiva, and I later asked him many questions and took counsel with him over the course of many years.  I was influenced by his personality").

Tip in Restaurant
Q: Is there an obligation to give a tip in a restaurant?
A: Yes, according to the accepted amount, since a person eats there based on this understanding.
Q: What if the service is not good?
A: One should still give a tip, although it can be a little less.

Immersing Jars
Q: I sell honey.  Am I obligated to do Tevilat Kelim for all of the jars?
A: No.  It is an obligation on the buyer.  Sefer Tevilat Kelim 8:5.

Mezuzah on Caravan which was Moved
Q: I live in a caravan on a Yishuv.  They are paving a new road and are moving the caravan to a new location on the Yishuv.  Do I need to re-affix the Mezuzah when they lower the caravan onto its new spot?
A: Ha-Rav Mordechai Eliyahu was once asked this same question and he responded that when the caravan is lifted off the ground by the crane, it is exempt from the obligation of Mezuzah, and when it is placed on the ground, it is obligated once again.  As a result, the Mezuzah must be affixed again with a blessing on account of the general principle "Ta'aseh Ve-Lo Min Ha-Asu'i" - one must perform that Mitzvah and not take that which was previously made" (Avihem Shel Yisrael – Devarim, p. 48.  Mi-Pi Eliyahu p. 79.  And so too Ha-Rav Yitzchak Zilberstein in his book "Aleinu Le-Shabeiach" Volume 6, p. 108.  And so too Ha-Rav Chaim Kanevski but he said to affix it without a blessing.  In the Parashah Sheet "Ve-Yishma Moshe" – Parashat Shoftim 5778).

Drinking in the Market
Q: Is it permissible to drink a cup of coffee while walking?  After all, the Gemara (Kiddushin 40b) specifies eating - "One who eats in the market is similar to a dog" - and not drinking.
A: This is also forbidden (One day a student was walking with Ha-Rav Beni Alon, Rosh Yeshiva of Beit Orot in Yerushalayim, and they bought drinks.  The student began to drink while walking, and Ha-Rav Beni asked him with a half smile: You are drinking in the street?  The student said but it says "One who eats in the market is similar to a dog".  Rav Beni replied with a smile: One who eats is similar to a dog, and one who drinks is similar to a puppy…  In the booklet "Le-Binyanim Amar… Yedid Hashem", p. 23).

Child with Anxiety
Q: My four-year old grandson suffers from anxiety at night and from nightmares.  What is the solution?
A: 1. To lovingly sit with him when he falls asleep.  2. To figure out if something is bothering him.  3. But this is not a question for a text message.  Tell the parents that they should talk to a child psychologist.

Medical Marijuana
Q: Is it appropriate to advance medical marijuana?
A: Certainly.  It is a great Mitzvah.  But not for any other purpose.

White Smoke
Q: What is the source for the expression: white smoke?
A: It means when a matter is finally decided.  Its source is Christian.  When a new Pope is chosen, the ballots are burned along with a substance with causes white smoke above the Vatican.  This is the sign that the new Pope has been elected.  One should not use the expression.

Checking Mezuzah Because of Illness
Q: We have recently had many illnesses in our family.  Should we check the Mezuzot?
A: If they have not been checked in three and a half years (Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh Deah 291:1.  And Ha-Rav Levi Ha-Cohain Rabinowitz, author of Maadanei Ha-Shulchan, was once in the hospital on account on pneumonia and then had a heart attack.  When he returned home, his wife had a heart attack.  Their daughter asked him if they should check their Mezuzot.  The Maadnaei Ha-Shulchan asked the family if they had been checked in the last three and a half years.  They said that they were checked during the last year.  He said: there is no need to check them (Uvdor De-Rebbe Levi, p. 96).