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Short & Sweet - Text Message Q&A #390


Blessing on Miscarriage
Q: I had a miscarriage.  Should I recite the blessing "Baruch Dayan Ha-Emet – Blessed be the True Judge"?
A: Yes.  It is bad news.  May Hashem bless you in your next pregnancy. 

Person Who was Thought Dead
Q: If people said that someone had died but he was actually alive, what message is that for him?
A: Not good or bad.  Baruch Hashem that he is alive.

"Our Community"
Q: When someone asks Ha-Rav a question about "our community", i.e. the Religious-Zionists community, Ha-Rav always answers "Our community is Am Yisrael".  This is a beautiful idea, but other Rabbis do not feel the same way.
A: You need to ask forgiveness from all the Rabbis!  They all feel this way!  It is related that a devoted Satmar Chasid once said to the Satmar Rebbe, after a tragedy where many Jews were killed: "Baruch Hashem, none of them were our people".  The Satmar Rebbe responded: "This is how a Jew who has been around me for so many years talks?!  A Jew is a Jew, and it does not matter whether he is one of 'us' or not"!  In the book "Beit Peshversk Volume 1, p. 94 note 1).

Blessing on Music
Q: Why isn't there a blessing for enjoying music?
A: We do not know the exact principles by which our Sages established the blessings over enjoyment.  And some explain that it is because sound does not have concreteness (Rabbenu Bechaya in his book "Shulchan Arba", brought in Magen Avraham 216:1).

Rabbi Ovadiah of Bartinura
Q: When we learn Mishnah, should one refer to the commentator as Rabbenu Ovadiah, or it is permissible to call him Bartinura?
A: It is preferable to call him Rabbenu Ovadiah, but it is permissible to call him Bartinura, since it is not his name, but the Italian city from whence he came, and is a nickname for him.

Turning Off Light on Shabbat
Q: If I forgot to turn off a light before Shabbat, can I do so with my elbow?
A: Certainly not.

Zecher Le-Churban
Q: Is it true that after the liberation of Yerushalayim, one need not leave a Zecher Le-Churban (Remembrance of the Destruction, i.e. leaving part of one's home unfinished)?
A: Not true.

Peyot Behind One's Ears
Q: Is there any worth in growing Peyot which one places behind his ears and they are not seen?
A: Certainly.  We do not fulfill Mitzvot in order to be seen, but rather to serve Hashem (See the book "Orchot Rabbenu" Volume 1, p. 236 that the Steipler and the Chazon Ish were very particular that one should not put his Peyot behind his ears, since it looks like he is embarrassed of them).

Corona
Q: While Davening Shemoneh Esrei in the blessing of Refaeinu for health, should one have in mind that the virus Corona should be eliminated?
A: It is permissible.  There are obviously many other illnesses and many which are much more deadly.