Stewardess Pouring a Drink for a Man? feature: Dayan Levi Yitzchok Raskin, Rov of Anash in London, explores interesting Torah questions and halachic dilemmas including women drinking before havdala, man being served a drink by a stewardess, soaking a polyester garment on Shabbos, and how we may eat our Shabbos day meal after chatzos.

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

  1. Does the Shabbos ‘morning’ meal need to be eaten before midday?[1]
  2. Is a woman permitted to drink water before Havdolo (because her husband takes a long time to get home on Motzei Shabbos)?[2]
  3. On my commute, I’ll take a coffee with me. What happens to the brochah when I stop to get petrol? I might stand just beside my car for a few minutes; sometimes I need to go inside to pay.[3]
  4. Halocho states that a man should not be served a drink by a woman. Does that mean that a man may not be served a drink by the waitresses on an airplane?[4]
  5. A baby boy was born on Shabbos at 5 pm. Can the Pidyon haBen be performed on Sunday evening 4 weeks later?[5]
  6. Is there leeway on Shabbos to soak an undergarment that is made of Polyester that is very soiled? [6]
  7. I visited Eretz Yisroel and then returned to Chutz lo’Oretz after 7 Cheshvan but before 5 December – should I be saying ותן טל ומטר לברכה in my silent Shmoine Esrei?[7]
  8. Regarding the doorpost for a Mezuza: is there a minimum width? [8]

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  1. [1] ראה משנה ברורה סי’ רפח סק”א בשם הפרי מגדים.
  2. [2] ראה שוע”ר סי’ רצט ס”א; כף החיים שם סק”ו; היום יום ג’ אייר; הליכות בת ישראל פט”ו אות פה.
  3. [3] שוע”ר סי’ קעח ס”ד; משנ”ב שם ס”ק מב.
  4. [4]  שו”ע אה”ע סי’ כא ס”ה; ערוך השלחן שם ס”ט; שערים מצויינים בהלכה סי’ קנב סק”ח.
  5. [5] ראה פתחי תשובה יו”ד סי’ שה ס”ק יז; שערים מצויינים בהלכה סי’ קסד סק”ו.
  6. [6] הגם שיש סברא שאין סחיטה מדאורייתא רק בגידולי קרקע, ראה פסקי תשובות סי’ שב אות כג שאין להתיר.
  7. [7] ראה קצור שו”ע עם פסקי ומנהגי חב”ד סי’ יט הערה ד. וש”נ לשלחן מנחם ח”א ע’ רלב.
  8. [8] ראה מזוזות מלכים הע’ קד ובשוה”ג אות מד.

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