Anash.org feature: Dayan Levi Yitzchok Raskin, Rov of Anash in London, explores interesting Torah questions and halachic dilemmas including bishul akum concerns after a power outage, challos placed in the oven by non-Jewish help, bracha on a store mezuzah, and mezonos over bread.
The following issues are discussed by Rabbi Raskin in this week’s episode:
- In Eretz Yisroel it is prevalent that at [the daily] Birchas Kohanim, the Chazan, when prompting the Kohanim word for word, does so in an undertone. Whereas elsewhere, the Chazan says his part in a regular tone. What’s the Chabad take on this?
- A question from Ukraine: We are suffering frequent power cuts. Our communal kitchen is manned by non-Jewish staff. In order to address the issue of Bishul Akum, I normally switch on the electrical ovens at the beginning of the day. Now, when power is restored, is it necessary for me to relight the ovens?
- In our nursery, we made Challos. For some reason, a non-Jewish helper placed the Challos in the oven. What is the status of the Challos and of the baking tins?
- A Jewish man is living with a non-Jewish woman. He is keen to put up a Mezuza, and she is equally keen. Does it make any difference – re. saying a brocho – if the house is her property?
- When affixing a Mezuza to the door of a shop, is a brocho said?
- In error, I said the brocho Mezonos over bread that is actually Hamoitzee; do I now need to say the correct brocho?
- What if I only realized my mix-up after having recited Al haMichya; do I now need to recite the full bentshing?
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