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Short & Sweet - Text Message Q&A #383


Hair-Covering
Q: Which is more important – a woman covering her hair or a man wearing a Kipa?
A: Certainly a woman covering her hair, since it is a Torah Mitzvah.

Food Which Arrived on Shabbat
Q: Is it permissible to eat food which arrived on Shabbat in a car?
A: No.  Biur Halachah #318 d.h. Achat.  Piskei Teshuvot 318:16.

Jonthan Pollard
Q: What is with Jonthan Pollard?
A: Continue to Daven for his and his wife's health and that they should be allowed by the United States to make Aliyah.

Sketch for Tattoo
Q: Is it permissible for me to make a sketch for a tattoo for a non-religious friend?
A: No.  It is aiding one to perform a transgression.

Working Diligently
Q: I am paid by the hour.  Is it permissible to work slower in order to earn more money or must I work as hard as possible?
A: You should work as hard as possible, as the Rambam writes at the end of Hilchot Sekirut regarding the words of Yaakov Avinu: "I worked for your father with all my might".

Kissing Mezuzah without Kipah
Q: Is it permissible to kiss a Mezuzah if I am not wearing a Kipah?
A: Yes.  But you should know that wearing a Kipah is an obligation and kissing a Mezuzah isn't even a fixed custom.

Small Tefillin
Q: Is there a problem with having small Tefillin?
A: No.  But one needs a Sofer who is a great expert knows how to write miniscule letters that are still Kosher.

Definition of Baseless Hatred
Q: What is the definition of baseless hatred?
A: Hating those who are different from you.

Bright Red Car
Q: Is it permissible to buy a car which is bright red?
A: Yes.  But it is preferable to refrain from doing so, since one should be modest and not draw attention to oneself.

Gabbai and Rabbi
Q: I am the Gabbai of a Shul and the Rabbi gave a Pesak which is difficult to understand.  Am I obligated to listen to him?
A: Yes.  But it is permissible to ask him for the reason behind the ruling.

Shaming Sages
Q: Is there a difference being one shaming Maran Ha-Rav Kook and shaming Chasidic Rebbes?
A: No.  Any shaming of a Torah scholar is an extremely severe transgression.  It is heresy (see introduction of our Sefer "Alo Naale" – Response to Va-Yoel Moshe of the Satmar Rebbe).