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New HEBREW Book of Mordechai Tzion - Be-Shuvi Li-Yerushalayim


New HEBREW Book of Mordechai Tzion
Be-Shuvi Li-Yerushalayim
Shu"tim regarding the Halachot and Holiness of the Old City of Yerushalayim
of Ha-Rav Avigdor Nevenzal Shlit"a, Rav of the Old City
with notes of Ha-Rav Shlomo Aviner Shlit"a
and Shu"tim of other Gedolei Yisrael such as Ha-Rav Chaim Kaniesky Shlit"a

Short & Sweet - Text Message Q&A #375


Preparing Eulogy Before Person Dies
Q: Is it permissible to prepare a eulogy for a person who seems to be close to dying?
A: Yes.  There is no Ayin Ha-Ra in doing so.

Counting Someone who Visits Har Ha-Bayit in Minyan
Q: Is it permissible to count some who visits Har Ha-Bayit in a Minyan?
A: Certainly.  One should not visit Har Ha-Bayit and one should not act this way to someone who does.

Video Game With Murdering People
Q: Is it permissible to play a video game which involves murdering "people"?
A: "Do not murder".  It is not a game.

Knowledge of the Deceased
Q: Does my grandfather z"l know that I named my son after him?
A: Certainly.  And he is happy.

Lighting and Thunder during Torah Learning
Q: Does one pause from Torah learning to recite a blessing on lighting and thunder?
A: Yes.  Just as one pauses from Torah learning for a fleeting Mitzvah (Moed Katan 9b.  And this was the practice of Ha-Admor Imrei Sofer of Erlau.  And he also said that if he is learning with students, this is an opportunity to teach them how to properly recite the blessings.  Halichot Ve-Hanhagot Imrei Sofer Volume 1 p. 157 and note #15).

Ice Cream Cone as Mishloach Manot
Q: Is ice cream in a cone considered two separate foods in relation to Mishloach Manot?
A: No.  In general, the cone is nullified by the ice cream.  The same is true in the case of a Krembo, in which the whipped cream sits atop a biscuit and is then covered in chocolate (see the "Krembo Song" of R' Aharon Razel).     

Talking during Anim Zemirot
Q: In our Shul, people chatter or leave during Anim Zemirot, when the Aron Ha-Kodesh is open.  Should we stop reciting it?
A: Yes.  But it is better for them to repent and change their behavior.  After all, we are talking about religious people.

Rental Agreement
Q: In our rental agreement it is written that the renter may not make changes in the apartment, and if they do, they must pay to have the apartment restored to its original state.  Is it permissible to make changes and then restore them?
A: It is permissible if they are minor, normal changes which are needed for living normally.

Stopping Dvar Torah of Groom or Bar Mitzvah in the Middle
Q: Why in some places do people interrupt and stop the Dvar Torah of a groom or Bar Mitzvah?
A: I heard in the name of the Belzer Rebbe, R' Aharon, that this custom is based on the Gemara in Berachot (57a) that it is a good sign if one sees himself Davening in a dream, but it is not a good sign if he sees himself finishing the Davening in a dream (brought in Ma'asei Choshev pp. 88-89).  I, the lowly one, hold that one should not interrupt and should allow them to complete the Dvar Torah, since interrupting them is disrespectful to the Torah. 

Learning in a dream
Q: Does one fulfill the Mitzvah of learning Torah if he learns Torah in his sleep?
A: No.  But his soul had an ascension in his dream by merit of the Torah he learned when he was awake (Although Ha-Rav Chaim Kanievsky once woke up and asked for some wine for a Siyum on a Massechet of Gemara that he learned while sleeping).

Short & Sweet - Text Message Q&A #374


Mishloach Manot Delivered by Drone
Q: If someone sends a Mishloach Manot by a drone does he fulfill the Mitzvah?
A: It is permissible, just as it is permissible to send a Mishloach Manot by a non-Jew or child, but one must be certain it arrives.  See Piskei Teshuvot 695:16 (and see Chidushei Chatam Sofer on Gittin 22:2 d.h. Ve-Ha Lav).

Tefilah in Meah Shearim
Q: I am a soldier in uniform passing through Meah Shearim and I need to Daven Minchah.  Should I Daven there or is it dangerous?
A: It is not dangerous.  The crazy people there are extremely small in number.

Name Change of Sick Person who Died
Q: My mother z"l was extremely sick and we add the name "Chaya" to her name.  She died a few days later.  Should we include the additional name in the prayer Kel Malei Rachamim, on the tombstone, etc.?
A: No.  The name remains only if one lived a month after it was added (See Shut Yad Sofer 1:2).

Musical Instruments during Davening
Q: In my Shul they began playing instruments during the Davening on Rosh Chodesh and Chol Ha-Moed.  They said it is to elevate the Davening.  I quietly left.  Am I correct?
A: You are correct.  We should certainly elevate the Davening, but through Yirat Shamayim - Fear of Heaven.

Anonymous Donation
Q: I want to donate books to my Shul in memory of a loved one.  Am I obligated to write in the book the name of the person for whom it is donated?
A: No.  Hashem knows.

Arm Tefilin for Person with Heart on Right side
Q: I am a Cardiologist.  There are some people who have their heart on the right side.  Do they then put the arm Tefilin on their right arms so it will be facing the heart?
A: No.  1. When the Gemara in Menachot (37a-b) says that the Tefilin should face the heart, it refers to the location of the Tefilin on the arm.  2. A left-handed person puts Tefilin on his right arm even though his heart is on the left side (Shut Eretz Tzvi 1:115.  Shaarei Halachah of Ha-Rav Zev Dov Slonim, who served as Rabbi of Mercaz Ha-Ir in Yerushalayim, Volume 1 #27).

Davening in Ezrat Nashim
Q: Can I Daven in the Ezrat Nashim when no women are there?
A: No.  1. In general, you will not be considered part of the Minyan.  2. Is it not the same level of holiness as the men's section.  3. Perhaps a woman will want to Daven there (Piskei Teshuvot 55:26).

XL Before Davening
Q: I wake up very tired and sometimes fall back asleep before Davening.  Coffee gives me a stomachache.  Is it permissible for me to drink XL before Davening to wake me up?
A: Yes.  There is no difference between XL and coffee.  It contains a lot of caffeine.  It is preferable to drink the type without sugar.  By the way, it is an unhealthy drink.

Smoking Drugs
Q: I am a teacher.  Should I tell my students that before I became a Baal Teshuvah, I smoked drugs and now - Baruch Hashem - I am far from that place?
A: No, lest they say: We can smoke drugs now and then do Teshuvah.