Anash.org feature: A weekly shiur by Dayan Levi Yitzchok Raskin, Rov of Anash in London, explores interesting Torah questions and halachic dilemmas.
The following issues are discussed by Rabbi Raskin in this week’s episode:
- I get the apprehension re. Pores Mapah uMekadeish. What if I continue the meal with other foods, not with bread? 
- A seminary girl in wants to spend Shabbos with her grandfather. She wishes to bring a friend too. But as her grandmother is away, is there an issue of Yichud? 
- From what age should boys and girls (from separate families) be discouraged from playing together? 
- A recent news item reported a Kashrus service for bug-busting, using microscopes that magnify 1000X. Is that required halachically? 
- The Alter Rebbe writes that a boy over 6 should wear a Tallis Koton that measures a square Amoh. Is this followed? 
- Wrapping the Shamash around the Tzitzis: clockwise or anti-clockwise? 
- When rolling the 3rd Sefer Torah for this Shabbos, one seam came apart around halfway. May we use that Sefer Torah? 
- Further on carrying in the passage in the front of the Shul? 
- We have a girl frequenting our Chabad House. She now keeps kosher and is starting to keep Shabbos. But she sometimes will smoke out of sight. If she wishes to cook some food, must we insist on lighting the fire? 
- Further on plucking grass: Is this done on days Tachnun is omitted? 
- There is leeway to combine a minor for a minyan; why not a woman? 
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The psak on yichud shows me tht it’s no difference that one of the girls is a granddaughter or not. Am I right. Does that mean thst the granddaughter also cannot stay with grandpa even without friends
The granddaughter MAY stay with her grandfather if she were to be alone (without her friends) with her grandfather*, but she is not a good enough to be a Shomer for her friend/s without the right amount of people.
“But, if there’s a women together with his daughter or granddaughter – it’s forbidden. Similarly, if a man is traveling with his daughter on the road and there is another man – it’s forbidden.”
(See Pischei Teshuvah, Even Ho’ezer 22:2).
*There are opinions that say that grandfather/granddaughter and grandmother/grandson can’t be in a Yichud situation (see Pischei Teshuvah, Even Ho’ezer 21:5).
Reb Berel Baumgarten, my father, taught me that 3 men are needed. For nighttime. Amount of girls wasn’t the subject.
Doesn’t it speak about this issue in the Talmud? Tractate Sota.
Regarding the amount of stiches of a Sefer Torah seam,
A small Sefer Torah, for instance, the small Rebbe’s Sefer Torah would also need minimum of 10 stiches ?
I’m imagining Moshiach’s Sefer Torah having much much more.