Beer Bread: What Bracha Is It? feature: Dayan Levi Yitzchok Raskin, Rov of Anash in London, explores interesting Torah questions and halachic dilemmas including bread kneaded with beer, mixed up tefillin of Rashi and Rabbeinu Tam, mechitza at a Chabad House without a minyan, and employing a goy to walk a dog on Shabbos.

The following issues are discussed by Rabbi Raskin in this week’s episode:

  1. Bread kneaded with beer instead of water, is it HaMoitzi or Mezonos? [1]
  2. I somehow managed to mix up my Tefilin, Rashi and Rabbenu Tam. Is the only solution to have a Sofer open them and confirm which is which?[2]
  3. Where there’s no minyan present, is there a need for a Mechitza or separation between genders?[3]
  4. May I employ a Goy to walk a dog on Shabbos?[4]
  5. This Friday is Rosh Chodesh. If we begin our meal before sunset, should Yaale veYovoi be in included in bentsching?[5]
  6. Why is יהיו לרצון said twice at אלוקי נצור, once at the beginning and once at the end?[6]

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  1. [1] בס’ שערי הברכה פט”ז הערה קו מביא שדן בזה בשו”ת תפארת יוסף (פרעמישלא תרכ”ט) סי’ יד. דיון זה קשור עם דין יין-צימוקים, אם יש לו דין יין. ובשו”ת צמח צדק (מהדורת תשע”ח: סי’ כח) האריך בזה.  ובשו”ת האחרונים דנו לגבי מיץ-ענבים משוחזר. ולכאורה בנדו”ד, רק אם ללחם טעם חזק של בירה, אז הוי ‘מזונות’.
  2. [2] ראה שוע”ר סי’ לב סעיף סט.
  3. [3]  .
  4. [4] ראה שוע”ר סי’ רנג ס”י..
  5. [5] ראה שוע”ר סו”ס קפח.
  6. [6] ראה שוע”ר סי’ קכג.

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