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

  1. Answer to q. why the larger part of the middle matzo is used for Afikoman, not for the Mitzva min haTorah of eating Matzo: [1]
  2. Further on procedure when Sheva Brochos is held at Seuda Shlishis: [2]
  3. This year Lag b’Omer is on Friday. Is it acceptable to make a wedding on Thursday evening? [3]
  4. Would it be permitted on Shabbos Erev Pesach – within a communal Eruv – to distribute Shmura Matzo for Seder night? [4]
  5. Ginger: What is the concern regarding Pesach? [5]
  6. What should one do with the wine that spills over from the kiddush cup onto the coaster placed beneath? [6]
  7. On Shabbos, we recite the details of the Ketores after Musaf. But wasn’t the Ketores offered before Musaf? [7]
  8. When eating Shabbos or Yomtov meals away from home, should one light candles at one’s own residence or at the location where he/she will be having the Seuda? [8]
  9. Is there any difference in this whether sleeping in an otherwise empty residence to sleeping in a home where the hostess lights candles?
  10. I received a Tallis-Koton that, instead of the popular round hole, has a T-shaped hole. Is this an issue (extra corners)? [9]
  11. One who had a haircut on Erev Pesach, but it was such a poor job that he’s embarrassed to meet with friends. May he have it fixed up during Sefiro? [10]

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[1]  הגדה ‘דברי מנחם’, על פי תורת מנחם חכ”ח ע’ 13-16.

[2]  הכנות לחתונה (לר”ד קרץ). אך מה שהורה שהחתן דוקא יבדיל – כן הוא מנהג אמשינוב (נטעי גבריאל-נישואין פק”ו הע’ ב). אבל לא ידוע לי כמנהג חב”ד. הערת ר’ אבי אסקנזי: היינו משום הזהירות בכוס הבדלה שאין כולם שותים ממנו.

[3]  אגרות קודש ח”ח ע’ שיח.

[4]  רמ”א סי’ תרסז; שערי תשובה או”ח תרצ”ג. ביומן תשל”ז מסופר שיש שביקשו מצה מכ”ק בשבת זו והרבי מיאן

[5]  אוצר מנהגי חב”ד ע’ קלג.

[6]  בשיחת ש”פ שלח תשמ”ב (התוועדויות ח”ג ע’ 1692) נאמר שאין משתמשים ביין זה. אך להעיר שמשתמשים ביין זה לחרוסת (התוועדויות תשמ”ו ח”ג ע’ 181).

[7]  מגן אברהם סימן קלב סק”ג.

[8]  על השפעת נר החשמל לדין מקום ההדלקה – ראה פסקי תשובות סי’ רסג ס”ל; שו”ת באר משה ח”ח סי’ סח.

[9]  ראה שוע”ר ר”ס י. סדור אדה”ז הלכות ציצית.

[10]  ביו”ד סי’ שצ ס”ב מתיר לגמור תגלחת משום כבוד הבריות. חוה”מ כהלכתו פ”ג ה”ו.

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  1. regarding the YomTov candles, If I remember correctly Rabbi Marlow z”l told us to stay to watch the candles for a while, we usually did for around fifteen minutes, was that long enough? Also we could light longer lasting candles that would still be on when we get back home, which we did as well.

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