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Short & Sweet - Text Message Q&A #376


Nusach of the Davening in the Rambam
Q: Can one us the Nusach of the Davening as printed in the Rambam to decide Halachah?
A: Yes (The Brisker Rav also held this way.  See Peninei Rabbenu Ha-Griz pp. 52-53.  Ha-Rav Avigdor Nevenzal holds, however, that the Nusach of the Davening printed in the Rambam was not written by the Rambam himself.  Mikraei Kodesh of Ha-Rav Moshe Harari, Hilchot Arba'at Ha-Minim, p. 143 Note #15).

Learning Halachah or Emunah
Q: Which is preferable to learn – Halachah or Emunah?
A: One needs both, just as the question: which is preferable – eating or breathing?

Coins in Fountain
Q: There are people who throw coins into fountains.  Is it permissible to take the money?
A: Yes.  It is abandoned.  This is a stupid custom.

Charedi Rav in Zionist Yeshiva
Q: Is it permissible to allow a Charedi Rav to give a class in a Zionist Yeshiva?
A: Certainly.
Q: But the opposite does not occur.
A: This is a mistake.  But we should not say that if there is a mistake, we should add another mistake.

Accidentally Ate Milchigs
Q: Is it true that if I accidentally ate Milchigs after meat, I am Milchig and it is permissible to continue eating dairy?
A: Incorrect.

Father Who Wears Techelet
Q: If my father wears Techelet on his Tzitzit, am I obligated to do so?
A: No.  Obviously, you should not insult your father.

Halachic Ruling Like Maran Ha-Rav Kook
Q: As students of Maran Ha-Rav Kook, do we always follow his halachic opinions, or do we only follow his Hashkafah?
A: 1. We also follow his halachic opinions.  There are obviously exceptions, just as Abaye said: I always follow the rulings of Rav except in three cases I follow Shmuel.  Shabbat 23a.  B. There are no rulings in matters of Hashkafah, rather it is proper Emunah.

Blessing Over a Kiss
Q: Why isn't there a blessing when I kiss my children?  I have much more enjoyment doing so than eating a cookie!
A: Our Sages did not establish a blessing for every act.  You can take a glass of juice and have intention to say the blessing on the juice and giving your children a kiss.  See Piskei Teshuvot 240 note #18.

Harmony in Birkat Cohanim
Q: Is it permissible for a Cohain to sing harmony in Birkat Cohanim?
A: No.  One must recite the blessing with awe and not transform it into a choir performance.

Shiduch with Smoker
Q: Can I suggest a smoker as a Shiduch to a woman without informing her that he smokes?
A: No, since most women are particular about this.  Therefore, doing so would be "Genivat Da'at" (deception).