Watch: Panorama of Halacha

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:

  1. A doorway that widens at waist height, where does the Mezuza belong?
  2. What is the Minhag Chabad re. the Chazan saying Shema when taking out the ST on Shabbos & YT: facing the Oron Kodesh or facing the congregation?[1]
  3. If one scratches his head )or a part of the body that is usually covered) during learning or davening, is it enough to use a disinfectant spray to clean the hands, or must one wash with water?[2]
  4. Do women look at their nails at Havdala?[3]
  5. May biscuits that were baked in a Milky oven be eaten shortly after Fleishig?[4]
  6. Our non-Jewish cleaner comes to clean the Shul on Shabbos morning to prepare the room for davening, after a big Friday night dinner. Instead of using a broom, she chooses to use the vacuum cleaner. Is that a problem? Do I need to stop her?[5]
  7. Follow-on from last week: A Chazan who forgot יעלה ויבא has to do his own three steps, and not rely on those at the end of קדיש תתקבל. Why?[6]
  8. Do old Mezuza-cases need to be placed in ‘sheimos’?[7]
  9. For the burial of ‘Sheimos’, may one use bio-degradable sacks?[8]
  10. When finishing Shmoine Esrei, at עושה שלום, do we bow first to the left and then to the right, or vice versa?[9]
  11. Having completed a Sefer Torah, is it better to donate it to a Shul, or to lend it to a Shul?[10]
  12. I have a balcony floor-to-ceiling window with a sliding door in the center. The door closes to the center of the window, not near the walls. Where should the Mezuza be placed: on the wall or inside the post where the door closes to?[11]

To listen to Panorama of Halacha on a podcast, click here.


[1]  קצות השלחן סי’ כו הע’ ו; ס’ מעשה מלך.

[2]  שוע”ר סי’ צב ס”ה-ו. לתפלה צריך מים, אם לא בשעה”ד. לתורה – בכל מידי דמנקי.

[3] קצות השלחן סי’ צו הע’ יב.

[4]  אח”כ מותר – רמ”א סימן פט ס”ג. יחד אסור – רמ”א סי’ צה ס”ב.

[5] בסימן רעו סי”ב מתיר אדה”ז. אבל שם ס”ט מסתייג מזה. ההבדל הוא אם זה ענין צדדי או עיקר מלאכת הישראל. וראה נתיבים בשדה השליחות ח”ג ע’ 25. והעירו לי שיש לחשוש לאוושא מילתא (שוע”ר סי’ רנב סט”ו).

[6] שוע”ר סי’ קכג ס”ז. על פי לבוש שם ס”ד. ויש אומרים שלא הטריחו לש”ץ לפסוע לאחוריו, כי כבר עשה כן בתפלת לחש. משא”כ בנדו”ד.

[7] שו”ע או”ח סי’ קנד ס”ג.

[8] ספר גנזי הקודש פט”ו.

[9]  שוע”ר סי’ קכג ס”א. ספר הנהגים – חב”ד ע’ 6.

[10] נטעי גבריאל – הכנסת ספר תורה פ”ה ס”ב.

[11]  אגרות קודש כרך יט ע’ שכו.

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