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Short & Sweet - Text Message Q&A #387


Davening with Talit or in Minyan
Q: For someone who forgot his Talit at home, is it preferable to Daven in Shul without a Talit or at home with a Talit?
A: At Shul.

Short Cut through Yerushalayim
Q: If one is driving from one city to another, is it permissible to pass through Yerushalayim, or is it forbidden to take such a short cut just as it is forbidden to take a short cut through a Shul?
A: We do not find such a prohibition (And Ha-Rav Elchanan Printz, author of Shut Avnei Derech, wrote us: "There is no problem".  And an important Torah scholar wrote us: "How fortunate are we that one is so sensitive to the holiness of Yerushalayim").

Abba or Ha-Rav
Q: My father is a Rav.  Should I call him Abba or Ha-Rav?
A: Abba.

Torah Scholar and Tzadik
Q: What is the definition of a Torah scholar?
A: It depends on the generation and the location.
Q: What is the definition of a Tzadik?
A: One who fulfills all of the Halachot.  See Mesilat Yesharim Chapters 2-9.

Sefer Torah Written by Robot
Q: Is a Sefer Torah written by a robot considered Kosher?
A: No.  A man must write it, and with proper Kavanah.  This is unlike Matzah or Tzitzit, which also require being made with proper Kavanah, but do not need to be fully made by man (See here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAyelh_VXUA).

Blood Donation from One Who Eats Non-Kosher Food
Q: Is there a problem to receive blood from someone who eats non-kosher food?
A: No.  Blood is not food.  It is also permissible to have a transplant from a non-Kosher animal.
Q: Then why shouldn't a baby nurse from a woman who ate non-Kosher food (Rama and Gra, Yoreh 81:7)?
A: 1. It is a stricture.  2. It is food.

Expulsion from Gush Katif
Q: What was the basis of Ha-Rav supporting the expulsion from Gush Katif?  "Dina De-Malchuta Dina – the law of the land is the law"?
A: The general principle "The law of the land is the law" does not apply when it contradicts the Torah.  The expulsion was a severe prohibition.  This is what I, the lowly one, said then and still say now.  I wrote 20 articles in the weekly Parashah sheets and gave approximately 100 classes about it.  It seems you have mixed me up with someone else.  Be-Ezrat Hashem, we will return to Gush Katif.

Egg and Sugar
Q: What is the source for giving a woman an egg and sugar when she comes home after giving birth?
A: There is no source.  It is a superstition.

Who Takes Precedence – The One Entering or the One Leaving
Q: If two people meet at the door of a Shiva House, one entering and one leaving, who takes precedence in going through the door first?
A: The one entering, since he is going to perform a Mitzvah (And once Ha-Rav Meir Ha-Levi Soloveitchik, Rosh Yeshiva of Brisk in Yerushalayim, was leaving a Shiva house and saw women coming, and he let them go through the door first.  Everyone thought that it was for reasons of modesty, but he explained that since they were on their way to perform a Mitzvah, he did not want to delay them.  In the book "De-Chazitei Le-Rebbe" Meir Volume 1, p. 20).