Can I Avoid Peeling Vegetables by Cooking Before Pesach? feature: Dayan Levi Yitzchok Raskin, Rov of Anash in London, explores interesting Torah questions and halachic dilemmas including drinking the four kosos while pregnant, cooking unpeeled vegetables ahead of Pesach, buying an item with the intent to return it, and blocking off a chimney.

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

  1. An inspirational message from a Halocho re. אבר מן החי:[1]
  2. As a Hidur for Pesach, I wish to roast and grind my own coffee beans. To buy the equipment and then return it to the store after Pesach – may I do so?[2]
  3. My toddler’s Yarmulke was left in Shul. To bring it home on Friday night, may I wear it under my yarmulke (and hat)?[3]
  4. A woman finds that grape juice doesn’t agree with her, due to her being pregnant. How far should she push herself in order to drink the Four Cups of Wine at the Seder?[4]
  5. Is it okay to switch Chazonim before אשרי, ובא לציון, and as a result, קדיש תתקבל is not said by the Chazan who said Chazoras haShatz?[5]
  6. A man added a name to his existing name. Does he now have to update his name in his wife’s Kesubah?[6]
  7. Under the Chuppah, the Chosson places the ring on the Kalloh’s finger. If the Chosson and/or Kalloh are left-handed, are these motions done with their left hands?[7]
  8. Names that include HaShem’s name, e.g. Michoel, in writing as well as in pronunciation, is there a concern? [8]
  9. I am familiar that there is an issue with blocking up a window or a doorway. Does a chimney fall into the same category?[9]
  10. In Chabad, on Pesach we only use fruit and vegetables than can be peeled. How about cooking unpeeled produce before Pesach?

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  1. [1]ראה רש”י נזיר מה ב ד”ה אבר מן החי.
  2. [2] ראה שוע”ר הלכות אונאה סעיף כח. וי”ל שיש בזה דין גניבה, שמפסיק לבעה”ב שעות פעולה מבלי שירויח מזה. אם לא כשיש אפשרות שהוא כן ישמור את המכונה.
  3. [3] ראה שוע”ר סי’ שא סי”א; פסקי תשובות שם אות מו.
  4. [4] ראה שוע”ר סי’ תעב סכ”א; סי’ תעג סו”ס לא.
  5. [5] ביאור הלכה סימן קלב; נטעי גבריאל – אבילות ח”ב פמ”ז אות ח.
  6. [6]  ספר משפט הכתובה ח”ז פרק סח.
  7. [7] ספר דיני איטר פכ”ד ס”ז.
  8. [8] ראה שו”ת תשב”ץ סי’ קעז.
  9. [9] ראה ספר שמירת הגוף והנפש סי’ ריט ס”ו.

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