Shabbos Tablecloth: What Color Should It Be? feature: Dayan Levi Yitzchok Raskin, Rov of Anash in London, explores interesting Torah questions and halachic dilemmas including the brachos for soaked oats, cholent with large chunks, and soup with noodles, carrying in a front patio on Shabbos, and the color of the Shabbos tablecloth.

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

  1. Our Chabad House is in a storefront, opening to the street. May I use a brick to keep our front door open? [1]
  2. Does a Tefach-wide panel serve as the third wall of a Succah?[2]
  3. What is the correct brocho for raw oats that were soaked in milk and or yogurt overnight?[3]
  4. This coming Tishrei will include three Shabbosos that will overlap with Yomtov. What if one missed the mention of Shabbos in the appropriate places in the fourth brocho, but did conclude with מקדש השבת וישראל והזמנים?[4]
  5. A cholent that consists of large chunks of potato and of meat – such that in a single spoonful it will be one food or the other: two brochos or one brocho?[5]
  6. Brocho on chicken soup containing lokshen:[6]
  7. Carrying in front of our house:[7]
  8. Should the Shabbos table be covered with a white cloth?[8]

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  1. [1] ראה שוע”ר סי’ שח סעיף נג. בשו”ע שם סכ”ב הביא דעה שגם בשימוש רגיל צריך ייחוד לעולם. ואדה”ז לא הביא שיטה זו. ואם מטלטל ברגלו בודאי אין לחשוש.
  2. [2] ראה שו”ע או”ח סי’ תרלא ס”ב.
  3. [3] שערי הברכה פט”ז הע’ כא.
  4. [4] בשוע”ר סי’ תפז ס”ג הביא ב’ דעות אם ההזכרה בחתימה היא לעיכובא. אבל לא כתב אם די בהזכרה שם בלבד. אך במשנ”ב (שם סקי”ג) מסתפק אפילו אם הזכיר השבת ב”והשיאנו” אם יצא. ומשמע שבהזכרה בחתימה לחוד לא יצא. וכ”כ אשי ישראל פמ”ב סט”ז.
  5. [5] ראה שערי הברכה פט”ו סי”ט, ובהערה שם. וראה שם פכ”ג בערך ‘טשולנט’.
  6. [6] סדר ברכת הנהנין פ”ז הי”ט.
  7. [7] ראה שוע”ר סי’ שסג ס”ב.
  8. [8] סדור האריז”ל (ר”ש מרשקוב) מט, א. 

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