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Short & Sweet - Text Message Q&A #366


Blessing after Netilat Yadayim
Q: In my community, the custom is to wash Netilat Yadayim, dry one's hands, sit down at the table and then recite the blessing on Netilat Yadayim.  Should I continue to do so?
A:  The blessing is to be recited before drying one's hands.  Piskei Teshuvot 158:25.  And in the daily Halachah of Ha-Rav Ovadiah Yosef.

Reciting Blessings Quietly
Q: I apologize for asking a personal question and Ha-Rav obviously does not need answer.  Why, when Ha-Rav gives a class, does he speak loudly so everyone can hear, but when he receives an Aliyah to the Torah, he recites the blessings softly?
A: It is simple.  I cannot have fear of the audience in front of me, but I do have fear of Heaven, a little. 

Killing a Terrorist
Q: If a soldier kills a terrorist should he be happy that he eliminated a murderer or sad that he killed a human being?
A: He should be happy that he eliminated a murderer, but he would obviously have been happier if this person had repented.  For example, a surgeon who removes a limb which threatens a person life, is happy that he saved his patient, but he would prefer that the limb would heal and there would be no reason to remove it.

Text Message Answers
Q: I send text message questions to Ha-Rav but I don't always receive an answer.  Is there problem with Ha-Rav's cell phone?
A: No.  But I never promised anybody that I would answer all the questions, and I am unable to do so.  I receive 400 questions a day, and 700 a day around the holidays.  If each text message question takes me 2 minutes, this is 1400 minutes, i.e. 23 hours a day.  I therefore mainly answer emergency questions, and then other questions according to my ability.  I apologize.

Rav or Wife
Q: If my wife asks me to help her with the kids at home, and my Rav asks me to help him to set up for a Siyum, whom should I help?  My Rav brings me to the World to Come and my wife helps me in this world?
A: Ask your Rav directly.

Autist and Mitzvot
Q: Is a person with medium-functioning Autism obligated to fulfill the Mitzvot?
A: According to his ability, without pressure.

O.K.
Q: I heard that it is forbidden to say O.K. because it has its source in idol worship?
A: Its source is unclear but it is not from idol worship.  It seems that it is an abbreviation of All Korrect, which was corrupted from All Correct.  In any event, it is a Mitzvah for us to speak Hebrew and not English.

Speaking in Hebrew
Q: Why does the Torah emphasize that Yaakov Avinu called the name of the place "Galed" (in Hebrew) and Lavan called it "Vagar Sahaduta" (in Aramaic)?
A: I heard an explanation from Ha-Rav Avigdor Nevenzal based on Sforno that this is in order to teach us that Yaakov Aviner continued to speak Hebrew even when he lived with Lavan (See Yerushalayim Be-Moadeha - Pesachim p. 52 where Rav Nevenzal noted various places in our prayers and blessings where we thank Hashem for our holy language).

Additional Guest in Hotel
Q: I am staying at a hotel and there are a few extra beds.  Is it permissible for me to invite a few friends to stay with me, or is it a problem of theft?
A: Ask directly in the hotel.