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Short & Sweet - Text Message Q&A #382


Police Officer who Killed Ethiopian
Q: What is Ha-Rav's opinion regarding the police officer who killed an Ethiopian man?
A: It is impossible to express an opinion until the investigation is complete.  What is certain is that the Jews who made Aliyah from Ethiopia are as beloved and respected Jews as all other Jews.  For example, those who learn in our Yeshiva.  And in particular, the one who married my granddaughter. 

Rambam's Medicine
Q: Is there value in the medical knowledge brought by the Rambam?
A: No.  He did not receive it from Heaven but from the doctors, such as Claudius Galenus, as he notes in his medical writings.  We should follow the doctors of our time.

Sign to Be Torah Scholar
Q: I there a sign who is suitable to be a Torah scholar?
A: Everyone can be a Torah scholar.  The only condition is that one has a desire to be so.  Rambam, Hilchot Talmud Torah Chapter 3.  But this does not necessarily mean being a professional Torah scholar.  In the future, we will all be Torah scholars.

Revelation of the Lubavitcher Rebbe to Ha-Rav
Q: A message is being spread around on WhatsApp that the Lubavitcher Rebbe revealed himself to Ha-Rav and informed him that the Messiah is coming soon.  Is this true?
A: No.

Informing About Birth Close to Shabbat
Q: Baruch Hashem, we had a baby close to Shabbat.  Should we inform our families who are not-religious?  On the one hand, they might violate Shabbat and drive to the hospital.  On the other hand, perhaps they will be upset that we did not tell them.
A: If it is a doubt whether they will violate Shabbat it is permissible.  Regarding "Do not place a stumbling block", if one is uncertain that the person will transgress the Halachah, we are "Tolim" (literally "hanging" on the assumption) that he will not violate it (Mishnah Gittin 5:9).

Torah and Tzahal
Q: If all of Am Yisrael learned Torah and fulfilled the Mitzvot, would there be no need for Tzahal?
A: Correct.  So it will be in the future, after the beginning of the Messianic era.

Returning Book
Q: I bought an expensive book, read it and was disappointed.  I asked in the store whether I could return it since it was within the time limit for return, and was told that I could.  Is it permissible?
A: It is immoral to do so.

Fatal Accident on Shabbat
Q: If there is a fatal car accident on Shabbat is it possible to say that it was a punishment for desecrating Shabbat?
A: It is forbidden.  1. We do not know the secrets of Hashem.  2. In the late 5730s, terrorists shot (from a boat) on an Israeli bus that was on a road close to the shore, and a few Jews were killed.  When it was related to Ha-Rav Moshe Feinstein, they added that the Jews were desecrating Shabbat.  Reb Moshe said: It is forbidden to say a bad thing about a Jew when something painful happens to him (Darchei Moshe Volume 2, p. 331).

Birkat Cohanim by 3 Yosefs
Q: Someone told me that it is forbidden for 3 people with the name Yosef to recite Birkat Cohanim at the same time.  Is this correct?
A: No.