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

  1. No one but the king is permitted to sit in the inner courtyard of the Beis haMikdosh. So did the Kohanim eat the sacrificial meat whilst standing? [1]
  2. Is one permitted to say ‘G-d’ within a joke? [2]
  3. In order to avoid Bishul Akum, is it enough that the pilot light was lit by a Jew? [3]
  4. Children shaped cookies, after which a non-Jew lit the oven and baked them: [4]
  5. When serving hot food on Shabbos, we normally first remove the pot from the blech. [5] What if a Goy is serving, do the same rules apply? [6]
  6. Quoting part of a Posuk on packaging, is that permitted? [7]
  7. One doesn’t greet an Ovel ר”ל with “Shalom”.[8] Is embracing allowed? [9]
  8. I place coins in a Pushka: does that mean that that amount of money must go to צדקה, or that I need to give that much? In practical terms: May I exchange cash with a charity voucher? The Tzedoko receives the same amount, but it costs me less. So, should I add to what was in the Pushka to cover for the Gift Aid?
  9. If going to Shul on Motzei Shabbos, should one wear Shabbos clothes? [10]
  10. I am an Assistant Rabbi in a Shul which begins Shabbos early. My Bar Mitzvah boys prefer to go to a local (Chabad) Shul where Kabbolas Shabbos is later. Are they – and my wife – bound to accept Shabbos early because of me? [11]

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[1] תוד”ה אין יושבים יומא כה א.

[2] שוע”ר סי’ פה ס”ג. וכן הוא במשנה ברורה שם סוס”ק יח. וראה גם קצור שו”ע סי’ ו ס”ג. תורת מנחם כרך מד ע’ 70.

[3] שו”ע יו”ד סי’ קיג ס”ז בהגה.

[4] ערוך השלחן סי’ קיב ס”י. אך להעיר שלפי דברי הט”ז (סק”ז) שהאיסור בזה הוא משום שלקות, ניתן להקל בעוגות שאינן עולות על שלחן מלכים.

[5] בשוע”ר סי’ שיח ס”ל כתב להחמיר בעוד הקדירה עומדת על האש, ע”ש.

[6] בנכרי הרי אפילו פסיק רישי’ שרי (סי’ רנג ס”י), כל שכן דבר שאינו מתכוין.

[7] ראה שו”ע יו”ד סי’ רפד ס”ד; שוע”ר סי’ תרלח ס”כ.

[8] יו”ד סי’ שפה ס”א.

[9] בריטב”א (מו”ק כז א) מתיר ניענוע בראש, מכיון שאינו אומר ‘שלום’. א”כ ה”ה לנדו”ד.

[10] נטעי גבריאל – בין המצרים פצ”ד הע’ טו. על בגדי שבת במוצ”ש – ראה חקרי מנהגים ח”ב.

[11] פסקי תשובות סי’ רסג ס”ק לז. (פמ”ג מ”ז א מציע שיגררו אחר גדול הבית).

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