Short & Sweet - Text Message Q&A #407


Rebbe Nachman of Breslov in Tzefat?!

Q: Is it true that Rebbe Nachman of Breslov was reburied in Tzefat and is no longer in Uman?

A: This claim has no strong basis.


Rambam's Medical Advice

Q: Is it permissible today to disagree with the Rambam's medical advice?

A: Yes.  The Rambam explains at length in his medical writings that they are not based on Torah but rather on Galen.  Baruch Hashem, medicine has greatly advanced since then.


Baal Shem Tov and Halachah

Q: The Baal Shem Tov did things which appear to be contrary to Halachah.  How so?

A: They appear to be contrary but are not.  They can be explained (The Satmar Rebbe opposed telling stories which seem to contradict Halachah so people will not come to take Halachah lightly.  In the book "Abir Ha-Ro'im", p. 31-33).


Sha'ar Ha-Rachamim

Q: Is it true that the Messiah will enter Yerushalayim through Sh'ar Ha-Rachamim?

A: No.  The Turkish Sultan heard this, and there closed up the gate.


Birkat Cohanim with Snuggly

Q: Is it permissible for a Cohain to recite Birkat Cohanim while carrying a baby in a snuggly?

A: When there is no other choice and the baby is covered.


Saving Parking Space for Husband

Q: Can I save a parking space for my husband when other cars want the space?

A: Yes.  "Ishto Ke-Gufo" – a wife and husband are like one being.


Falling Asleep in Front of Chief Rabbi

Q: If someone falls asleep during the Chief Rabbi's class, should I wake him up?

A: Yes.  It is certainly his desire even if he did not say so explicitly.  And the same applies to the classes of other Rabbis.


Minhag of Child of Divorced Parents

Q: Whose Minhag should a child of divorced parents follow if he lives with his mother?

A: His mother's.  After all, he lives with her there.


Tefillin for Vegan

Q: What should a Vegan do about putting on Tefillin?

A: Display self-sacrifice and put on regular Tefillin


22-Day Fast

Q: There was a news story that someone fasted for 22 days.  Is this possible?

A: Refraining from eating is possible – but damages the body.  But refraining from drinking for that long is impossible.