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Short & Sweet - Text Message Q&A #378


Kids Playing and Torah Learning
Q: Is it proper and healthy for a child to learn a lot of Torah and limit playing, if this is his desire?
A: Certainly, if this is truly HIS desire, and not that he is pressuring himself or being pressured by others (Ha-Rav Moshe Feinstein's son related that one time when their family was in a bungalow colony in the summer, he was learning Torah with his father and they heard children outside taking a ride on a horse and carriage.  He father stopped the learning and told him to go and take a ride on the carriage, so that he would not feel that learning Torah was preventing him from playing if he wanted to).

Reading During Class
Q: I am learning in a college and attendance is required.  Is it permissible for me to read something else during a class?
A: Ask directly at the college.

Choosing a Teacher
Q: Which teacher is preferable to hire – a veteran teacher who will be insulted if not hired, or a younger teacher who will be more helpful to the school?
A: Great general principle: The teacher is for the students and not the students for the teacher.

Learning Emunah or Gemara
Q: Which is greater – learning Emunah or Gemara?
A: One needs both of them.

Text Message During Tefilah
Q: If my mom calls and I am in the middle of Davening, is it permissible for me to send her a text message to tell her that I am Davening?
A: Yes.  Just as it is permissible at certain times during Davening to greet someone out of respect or awe.

Nefesh Ha-Chaim
Q: Is it true that one should only learn Sha'ar Dalet in Nefesh Ha-Chaim?
A: One should learn the entire book.  It is very important (see Ha-Rav's Commentary on Nefesh Ha-Chaim).

Learning Sefer Ha-Tanya
Q: Is it good for a Yeshiva student to learn Sefer Ha-Tanya?
A: 1. It depends on his age.  2. After learning Nefesh Ha-Chaim.  3. Ask your Rabbi in Yeshiva.

Healthy Soul in a Healthy Body
Q: Is the source for the expression "A healthy soul in a healthy body" from our Sages or from the non-Jews?
A: It is from the Romans: Mens Sana In Corpore Sano.  We say: A healthy body for a healthy soul.  Rambam, Hilchot De'ot 4:1.

Expression on Ascending to the Temple Mount
Q: Someone mentioned ascending to the Temple Mount.  I said: Hashem have mercy.  Someone then said to me that I should not use this expression because it is only permissible for a Rabbi to use it.  Is this correct?
A: It is clear that you are not saying it in your name but in the name of the Rabbis.