Placing Tzitzis on Zip-Up Sweaters? feature: Dayan Levi Yitzchok Raskin, Rov of Anash in London, explores interesting Torah questions and halachic dilemmas including tzitzis on zip-up sweaters, moving a leichter tray, hagomel when there is a lasting effect, and brachos when moving between rooms.

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

  1. Feedback on the Bris performed by a Reform Jew:
  2. If I’m short of water for Negel Vasser, should I wash my hands once until the wrists, or wash my fingers until the knuckles three times?[1]
  3. A Jewish woman is living with a non-Jewish man ר”ל. They are agreeable to affix Mezuzos to their doorways. Should this be done with a brocho or without a brocho?[2]
  4. Does the opening for a partition wall that is opened only for RH & YK need a Mezuza?[3]
  5. A non-Chabad Sofer recently chastised me, that I shouldn’t be telling people to have their Mezuzos in order to merit Divine protection. Is he correct?[4]
  6. Does a door that is totally disused – there is a large cupboard blocking the door – require a Mezuza?[5]
  7. Does placing a Sefer on the tray that holds the Shabbos leichter, allow me to move the tray later on during Shabbos (after the candles have burned out)?[6]
  8. One who has recovered from a serious injury, but has sustained some damage that is indefinite ר”ל – do they say the brocho of HaGomeil? [7]
  9. Do zip-up sweaters need Tzitzis?[8]
  10. In my home, one can’t see the kitchen from the dining room. When eating, I constantly go back and forth between the two, and especially when taking care of the kids and giving them their food. Must I repeat my brochos due to change of location? [9]

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  1. [1] ראה הלכות נטילת ידים בבוקר בסדור אדה”ז; אגרות קודש ח”ג ע’ קמז.
  2. [2] מבואר בנתיבים בשדה השליחות ח”א ע’ 111. ועתה ראיתי בשו”ת שבות יעקב ח”א סי’ כ – בדין יהודי שביטל חמצו, אבל אשתו הלא-יהודי’ קנתה חמץ לעצמה. שבתחלה נטה להחמיר מדין מה שקנתה קנה בעלה – אף בכהאי גוונא. אלא שלבסוף דחה לומר דאיסורא לא ניחא לי’ דליקני.
  3. [3] פתחי שערים סי’ רפו אות קצז בשם שו”ת שרגא המאיר ח”ה סי’ סח.
  4. [4] נתבאר בארוכה בלקו”ש חי”ט ע’ 121 ואילך. טפח החיצון – מנחות לג ב; נשי לא בעי חיי?! – קידושין לד א.
  5. [5]  בפתחי שערים סי’ רפו אות רד ואילך הביא דיעות שונות בזה: א) רק כשסתר הפצימין; ב) סתימה מועלת; ג) רק כשסתם ביתידות.
  6. [6] ראה שמירת שבת כהלכתה פ”כ סס”ד.
  7. [7] ראה פסקי תשובות סי’ ריט אות ה ובהע’ 21 שם.
  8. [8] ראה שוע”ר סי’ י סכ”ב.
  9. [9] ראה שוע”ר סי’ קעח ס”ח; סדר ברכת הנהנין פ”ט הי”ח.

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