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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).