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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.