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

  1. Follow-on regarding the three words added to Shema, to amount to 248 words. [1]
  2. What is the reason for the long list of blessings in Kaddish deRabonon (in comparison those evoked in the regular full Kaddish)? [2]
  3. Re. Kaddish in the 11 months in the year of Aveilus ר”ל, the Chabad custom is to aim to recite Kaddish at least 16 times per day. Is the ‘day’ in this respect from Shacharis thru Maariv, or from Maariv thru Mincha? [3]
  4. I teach a class including 6 Barmitzva boys. With some outside help we sometimes manage to get a minyan. If stuck, we may rely on 1 under Barmitzva boy. Is that also acceptable for Krias haTorah? [4]
  5. When the 10th man leaves during a unit of Davening, we may finish that unit. If he left during Shmoine Esrei on Friday night, should the Chazan recite the bracha mei’ein sheva? [5]
  6. We are having major building work downstairs, creating lots of dust. The builders have erected an interior partition wall, through which we access the upstairs. Does this temporary doorway warrant a Mezuzah? [6]
  7. My neighbour’s tree overhangs my property, and the fallen leaves cause a big mess. Am I entitled to demand that my neighbour takes responsibility? [7]
  8. May I puree raspberries [thus not having to worry about infestation]? [8]
  9. I often fall asleep whilst settling the little ones. I then wake up at midnight and want to learn my evening Shiurim. Do I have to say Birkas haTorah first? [9]
  10. My dilemma: I have an earlier Minyan for Mincha, but to go there would shave off 30 minutes from my workday; I have a close-by Minyan, but they don’t have חזרת הש”ץ; just a הויכע קדושה. Any guidance? [10]

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[1]  ספר השיחות תרצ”ו – ת”ש ע’ 220.

[2] שיר מעון, מהר”ש סופר מקראקא, נכד החתם סופר.

[3] מדריך של הרב גרליק שי’, ע’ 167.

[4] במגן אברהם סי’ נה סק”ד מביא מהגהות תשב”ץ להתיר צירוף קטן לקרה”ת. המאירי בקרית ספר מאמר ה אוסר. שו”ת אגרות משה או”ח ח”ב סי’ יח מקיל, דהוי ספק דברי סופרים. שו”ת שבט הלוי ח”א סי’ קטו מחמיר.

[5] בס” אשי ישראל (פט”ו הע’ קכב) כתב שהא”א מבוטשאטש (נה ב) מקיל בזה. אך לא דק, דאיהו מיירי ביש י’, אלא שאינם חייבים בברכה מעין ז’.

[6]  חובת הדר פ”ד ס”ג והערה ח.

[7]  שו”ע חו”מ סי’ קנה סכ”ה.

[8] ספר הכשרות (פוקס) פי”ג סכ”א-ב.

[9]  פסקי תשובות סי’ מז ס”ק טו.

[10]  בשו”ע או”ח ר”ס רלב התירו ‘מנחה קצרה’ רק בשעת הדחק. באר היטב מביא שהאריז”ל נזהר מאד מכך. והפלא שבקצות השלחן (סי’ כו ס”ז) לא הזכיר מזה. מעלת חזרת הש”ץ מבוארת בזח”ג רכט א, והובאה בראשית חכמה פי”ד משער הקדושה.

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