Bentching on Gluten-Free Matza? feature: Dayan Levi Yitzchok Raskin, Rov of Anash in London, explores interesting Torah questions and halachic dilemmas including bentching on gluten-free matza, Chabad-style shevorim, making up Krias HaTorah the next day, and the hole size for a sealed doorway.

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

  1. Discussion about Makas Mardus consisting of 13 lashes.[1]
  2. I have been advised to avoid gluten. Rakusens produce a gluten-free Matzo. The list of ingredients includes maize starch, oats, tapioca starch, and soya bran. Does this food warrant the full bentsching? [2]
  3. Does the Tekiah have to be a straight, level sound?[3]
  4. The Chabad-style Shevorim has an extra note added. Isn’t that an extraneous sound that would serve to interrupt between the Shevorim and the Tekiah that follows? [4]
  5. The only area available for me to build a Sukkah is partially in the shade of a tree. How should I assess if it is permissible to build my Succah there? [5]
  6. On Monday we had no Minyan for Shacharis. Is there a possibility to make up the missed Krias haTorah on Tuesday morning? [6]
  7. We recently had a wall built where previously had been sliding partition doors. In accordance with Tzavo’as Reb Yehuda haChosid, we should make a hole through this new wall. The Previous Rebbe writes that this hole should measure 1½ tefochim. What is the basis for this size? [7]
  8. A man had a tattoo on his upper left arm. He has now undergone a procedure to remove it, but for the short term, he has a bandage covering the area where the Tefilin are placed. Please advise whether he should put Tefilin over the bandage? With a brocho? [8]
  9. I’m travelling and will have to leave the house before sunrise. Should I daven at home before sunrise, or in the airport after sunrise?[9]
  10. Feedback on father being Sandak twice: [10]
  11. Feedback on the brick used as a doorstopper:

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  1. [1] פירוש מהרא”י פ’ תצא כה, ב.
  2. [2] ראה סדר ברכת הנהנין פ”ח ה”ג וד’.
  3. [3] ראה פסקי תשובות סימן תקפו אות ה’.
  4. [4] ראה נתיבים בשדה השליחות ח”ג סימן טז (ע’ 198).
  5. [5] ראה שוע”ר סי’ תרכו ס”ג וד’.
  6. [6] בעטרת זקנים סי’ קלה מקיל לענין יום שני, לא לענין יום חמישי. המשנה ברורה (ביה”ל שם ד”ה שבת) דוחה דבריו לגמרי. וכן הורה בערוך השלחן שם ס”ז.
  7. [7] אגרות קודש של כ”ק אדמו”ר מוהריי”צ ח”ט ע’ שפה; שלחן מנחם ח”ד ע’ כח. יו”ד סי’ שעא ס”א.
  8. [8] ראה שוע”ר סי’ כז ס”ח.
  9. [9] ראה שוע”ר סי’ פט ס”ט.
  10. [10] ראה  בירורי הלכות ע’ קעד.

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