Can I Fold Napkins on Shabbos? feature: Dayan Levi Yitzchok Raskin, Rov of Anash in London, explores interesting Torah questions and halachic dilemmas including folding napkins inflating inflatables on Shabbos, black stripes on taleisim, canceled rental, and placing items on the bima.

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

  1. In Selichos and in Hoshanos, in alphabetical list of requests, one request has two words: למען גדלך ותפארתך. Why?[1]
  2. We offered our apartment for rent over Succos (whilst we would be abroad). A couple booked our premises, but cancelled the day before Succos, due to illness. Are we entitled to payment of the agreed amount?[2]
  3. Could the meal on the 2nd night of Succos begin before nightfall?[3]
  4. Over Simchas Torah, is it permissible to place Lechayim and cups on the Bima?[4]
  5. On Simchas Torah we distributed inflatable Sifrei Torah to the children. May these have been inflated on Yomtov?[5]
  6. On Shabbos, may one fold serviettes (napkins) into specific shapes?[6]
  7. What’s the reason for the ‘barcode’ stripes on our Taleisim (and Taleisim Ketanim)?[7]
  8. Why is יום מקרא קודש הזה said in Musaf of Chol HaMoed, yet in יעלה ויבוא (in the other prayers and in bentsching) those words are omitted? [8]
  9. On Rosh Chodesh, Shir shel Yom is relocated to immediately after Hallel; Ashrei, uVo leTziyon are said just before Musaf. But the introductory passages to Shir shel Yom – בית יעקב…, יהי ה’ אלוקנו עמנו… – are omitted totally. Why so?[9]
  10. A child survived a car accident BH – does the child or the father say HaGomel?[10]
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  1. [1] מחיר יין (להרמ”א) אסתר א, ד.
  2. [2] שו”ע חו”מ סי’ שלג ס”א-ב; פסקי המשפט סי’ שלד אות ז.
  3. [3] רמ”א סי’ תרלט ס”ה; ביאור הלכה שם ד”ה ולא יאכל.
  4. [4] רמ”א סי’ קנד ס”ח; אלי’ רבה שם סקי”ג.
  5. [5] פסקי תשובות סי’ שמ אות ל.  
  6. [6]  שבת כהלכה פל”א סע”ז מתיר – כיון שאינו עומד זמן רב. דלא כשש”כ פי”א הערה רסג.
  7. [7] ראה ס’ ציצית – הלכה למעשה פ”ב סכ”ז. שם מביא מרשימות דברים (חיטריק, ע’ 415) שהררל”י ש”ס – אביו של כ”ק אדמו”ר זי”ע – נהג דוקא בלבן לחוד.
  8. [8] ראה שוע”ר סי’ רמב הע’ ז.
  9. [9] שער הכולל פי”א סכ”ג.
  10. [10] סדר ברכת הנהנין פי”ג ס”ג.

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