If I’m Gluten-Free, Do I Need to Eat from the Lechem Mishneh?

Anash.org feature: Dayan Levi Yitzchok Raskin, Rov of Anash in London, explores interesting Torah questions and halachic dilemmas including maakeh on a warehouse roof, reselling an aron kodesh safe, lechem mishneh for gluten-free, heated mikvah floors on Shabbos, and shmittah esrogim this year.

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

  1. Wheat bread doesn’t treat me well. So, for Lechem Mishneh, is it essential that I partake of a kazayis thereof?[1]
  2. At our refugee hotel, we have repurposed an ottoman bench as an Oron Kodesh. A) Is that not disgraceful? B) Once we leave, does the bench retain Kedusha status?[2]
  3. We are moving IYH into a new Chabad House. The safe which we used as an Aron Kodesh – if we can’t find another shul that wants it, may we sell it to a goy?[3]
  4. Does the flat roof of our warehouse (intended to be accessed for maintenance purposes only) require a fence around it?[4]
  5. If yes, would the use of bars suffice? (Top bar: 1100mm; Middle bar: 550mm)[5]
  6. Feedback on Mincha right before sunset and Maariv right thereafter:[6]
  7. May a Jewish doctor make a house visit late at night to a non-Jewish female patient? Does it make any difference if her son is present?[7]
  8. Is a heated floor in a mikvah an issue for Shabbos?[8]
  9. I’ve heard that the Rebbe advised one whose father is not Jewish, to immerse in a mikva before a Bais Din. Do you have any information about this?[9]
  10. A challah dish that has the name of Hashem written in full – may it be used?[10]
  11. May I market Esrogim from Eretz Yisroel that are Shmitta produce?[11]
  12. When Avodah Zoroh is mentioned in Torah as Elokim Acheirim, since the words have no sanctity, why don’t we pronounce it Elohim Acheirim?[12]

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[1] ראה פסקי תשובות סי’ עדר סק”ו.

[2]  ראה או”ח סי’ קנד ס”ב שבית מושכר אין לו דין בית הכנסת. ומסתבר דה”ה בנדו”ד.

[3] פסקי תשובות סימן קנד סק”ח.

[4] בשו”ע אדה”ז חו”מ דיני שמירת הגו”נ מבואר שגגים שלנו פטורים ממעקה כי אין רגילות להשתמש בהם. וכ”ש בנדו”ד שהוא ביח”ר.

[5] בס’ ועשית מעקה (ב”ב תשס”א, סי’ כז) האריך באם מעקה הוא דין מחיצה או שמירה. ואילו היה כאן חיוב מן הדין, היה עלינו להחמיר.

[6]  ראה שוע”ר סי’ רסז ס”ב; מגן אברהם סי’ רלג סק”ז.

[7] ראה

[8] ראה שוע”ר סי’ שכו ס”ד. אלא שאם נחמיר בזה, כל שכן שצריך להחמיר בבריכה גופי’.

[9] ראה אוצר מנהגים והוראות על יו”ד ע’ ר; פתחי תשובה לאבן העזר סי’ ד סק”ב.  

[10]  ס’ גנזי הקודש פ”ז סכ”ח בשם שו”ת מנחת יצחק ח”ח סי’ פז.

[11] ס’ שמיטה כהלכתה לבני חו”ל, מאת הרב אורי גמסון נ”י.

[12] ראה לקוטי שיחות חכ”ד ע’ 453.

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