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

  1. Bath towel that is embroidered with the name Sholom? [1]
  2. May an Aron Kodesh be suspended from a wall? [2]
  3. Is there an objection to visiting a grave within the 1st year? [3]
  4. To bang for Haman only when mentioned with a title, is this unique to Chabad? [4]
  5. We hear that some Poskim write that the Reading of Parshas Parah is a Torah-obligation. Where in the Torah is this obligation drawn from? [5]
  6. Further on the position of Mezuza in a curved doorway:
  7. Mezuza to the doorway between kitchen & dining room: when there are two options.
  8. Returning ball on Shabbos to a non-Jewish neighbor: when next door is fenced in.
  9. Erev Pesach this year is on Shabbos: Is there any objection to using manufactured foods on Shabbos until the Zman/after the Zman? [6]
  10. May we have the Shabbos meals in the room sold off in Chometz? [7]
  11. Many people in my community are unlikely to come to Shul at 7am. Could we advise them to daven Shacharis at home, make kiddush and eat their chometz meal, and come to shul at 11 am for leining and mussaf? [8]
  12. Why are there various cut-off times for the eating of Chometz? [9] 
  13. When burning the Chometz, כל חמירא is not said. What about the Yehi Ratzon? [10]
  14. May I keep a Chometz shelf within the freezer, to be sold with the Chometz? [11]
  15. At what time is the Chometz sold on Friday?
  16. Visitors to the UK must self-test for Covid on (or before) day 2 and on (or after) day 8 of quarantining. What may be done on Shabbos or Yomtov?

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[1]  ראה שוע”ר סימן פד ס”א. בשערי תשובה מהר”ן לאסור גם בכתב. אבל בנדו”ד לא נכתב כראוי: שלןם.

[1]  חיי אדם כלל לא סעיף מד נוטה לאסור. אבל בקצור שו”ע (סי’ כח בלחם הפנים) מקיל. וע”ע פסקי תשובות סי’ מ סק”א.

[1]  נטעי גבריאל – אבילות ח”ב פרק פא ס”ה. שלחן מנחם ח”ה ע’ שכח.

[1]  אוצר מנהגי חב”ד – אדר (נספח לס’ שערי מגילה, היכל מנחם) אות צא.

[1]  עבודת ישראל פ’ חוקת.

[1]  נטעי גבריאל – פסח ח”ב פל”ח.

[1]  נטעי גבריאל – ע”פ בשבת, ס”פ יז.

[1]  בשוע”ר סי’ רפו ס”ד אוסר לאכול פת יותר מכביצה לפני מוסף. נטעי גבריאל ע”פ שחב”ש פכ”א סי”ט.

[1]  הזמנים הם למנטשסטר. 1) ?; 2) שעות זמניות מעה”ש עד צאה”כ; 3) כנ”ל מנה”ח עד שקיעה”ח. לונדון: 10 או 9.22.

[1]  כ”ק אדמו”ר זי”ע בשנת תשמ”א אמר בע”ש (אוצר מנהגי חב”ד ע’ צה. וראה הדעות בנט”ג ער”פ שחל בשבת פ”ט הע’ י’).

[1]  שוע”ר סי’ תמ ס”ה.

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  1. As far as the source in the Torah for the obligation to hear Parshas Parah, there are 2 ways we know that there is a Torah obligation of a given Mitzvah 1) the Torah says it explicitly (like Tefilin, Mezuza, eat Matzah the night of Pesach, etc.) 2) Chazal derive it from a Possuk (whether directly or from a Kal Vochomer, Gzairah Shove, etc.).

    It is obvious that the Torah doesn’t say straight out to read/hear Parshas Parah. Theredore, if it really is from the Torah then Cahazal (meaning, Mishna, Braysa, Gemara, Midrash etc.) would have to say so. Only Tana’im could learn such things out of Pesukim, not just anyone.

    So, if there’s no source in Chazal (ending by Gemara) that tell us such a Limud then case is closed and it’s not a Torah obligation. Period. No one could come out of the blue and say “I could learn out from Possuk X that eating birds meat with milk is forbidden and therefore biblically forbidden”.

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