Is a Coin or Dollar From the Rebbe Muktza? feature: Dayan Levi Yitzchok Raskin, Rov of Anash in London, explores interesting Torah questions and halachic dilemmas including handling a coin or dollar from the Rebbe on Shabbos, chazzan drinking in the middle of davening, and why some pesukim in davening are repeated.

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

  1. In this week’s Sedra we read about the Oron and the Kapores (cover), their joint height being 10 tefochim. This is used as a source for the walls of a Reshus haYochid having a minimum height of 10 tefochim. But, since the place of the Oron is in the Kodesh haKodoshim, then it is in a Reshus haYochid – which has no upper limit? [1]
  2. Someone pointed out to me that in Shacharis of Shabbos we say כליל תפארת בראשו נתת לו, whereas in many other Sidurim the word לו isn’t included. [2]
  3. As Chazan, during Chazaras HaShatz I began coughing and couldn’t clear my throat. If I’m unable to continue without some water, should I: a) pause between Brachos, say Shehakol, and drink; b) step aside and let someone else finish Chazaras HaShatz?[3]
  4. What changes made to a coin would render it no longer Muktza?[4]
  5. What about a dollar from the Rebbe זי”ע?
  6. I am accustomed to declare לכבוד שבת קודש at each meal over Shabbos. Should I say the same at Melave Malka?[5]
  7. In several instances in the Sidur, a verse is repeated: ה’ מלך, [6] כל הנשמה, אז ישיר, [7] יושב בסתר, [8] הלל[9]. Is there a general rule here?

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  1. [1] ראה סוכה ד סע”ב ואילך; סדור עם דא”ח קכח ב; נתיבים בשדה השליחות ח”א ע’ 217.
  2. [2]  סדור יעב”ץ.
  3. [3] בשו”ע סי’ רד ס”ו שהשותה מים לפי שחנקתי’ אומצא אינו מברך. וי”ל שכן הוא בנדו”ד. השתיי’ במצב זה – לצורך התפלה. וראה שו”ת שואלין ודורשין ח”ח סי’ ז ס”א שהתיר לשתות לצמאו רק בפסד”ז. אבל לענ”ד שאני הכא שנתקע באמצע התפלה.
  4. [4] ראה שו”א או”ח סי’ שגס כ”ב; משנ”ב שם ס”ק עד; שמירת שבת כהלכתה .
  5. [5]  ראה שוע”ר סי’ ש ס”ג; לקוטי שיחות חל”ו ע’ 89.
  6. [6]  ראה.בית יוסף או”ח סי’ נ בשם תקוני זוהר (קלד ב).
  7. [7]  ראה שוע”ר סי’ נא ס”י.
  8. [8]  ראה שוע”ר סי’ רצה ס”א; אגרות קודש חט”ז ע’ רצה.
  9. [9]  ראה פסחים קיט א-ב וברשב”ם שם.

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  1. thank you for these shiurim!
    there is an english letter from the Rebbe in 5735 about “the significance of the dollar bill you received in connection with the candle lighting campaign”. the Rebbe adds at the end
    “P.S…. I want to emphasize a very important point, namely, that however important that dime or dollar bill is, it is still muktzah and, like any other money, is not to be handled on shabbat and yom tov.”

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