Watch: Panorama of Halacha 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. One praying alone, should he recite the 13 Attributes of Divine mercy?[1]
  2. When lighting candles for Shabbos, many ladies will not extinguish the match, but leave the match to expire on its own. What if using a gas lighter; may she release her finger from the trigger after having lit her last candle?[2]
  3. May one open a metal screw-cap bottle on Shabbos?[3]
  4. When visiting a Jewish grave in a non-Jewish cemetery: may one say Tehillim; Kaddish?[4]
  5. I’m in an Uber on the way to the Ohel. The driver has a cross suspended from the rear-view mirror. Am I permitted to say Tehillim?
  6. A Frum lawyer was appointed by a non-Jewish client as executor of his estate. The client left instructions to be cremated. To complicate matters, cremations in this locality are done by the priests of Avoda Zarah. What should the lawyer do?[5]
  7. A Jewish man died without any burial arrangements. A non-frum friend of Chabad gave the Shliach the full costs for the burial. It then transpires that the next-of-kin is insisting on a cremation and is asking the Shliach to use the money he received to cover cremation costs. What should the Shliach do?[6]
  8. We installed a knocker to our front door. May it be used on Shabbos?[7]
  9. We see the advice of Chazal to learn daily a minimum of פרק אחד שחרית and פרק אחד ערבית. Does ‘perek’ in this context mean a full chapter of Mishna?[8]

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[1] ראה שו”ע או”ח סי’ תקסה ס”ה; אגרות קודש כרך ג ע’ קלח. מפי השמועה, נשאלה שאלה זאת לכ”ק אדמו”ר זי”ע, ומענה קדשו היתה: “לא שמעתי מזה” (בשם הר”ר צ.ה. גנזבורג ע”ה – קובץ ‘הערות וביאורים’ גליון תקא, ונעתק בס’ היכל מנחם כרך ג ע’ רסה. ושם הוסיף המו”ל בחצאי-ריבוע שהשאלה היתה על תחנון ועל סליחות). אך צ”ב כוונת המענה: “לא שמעתי מזה” – הרי דבר אמירת י”ג מדות ביחיד בטעמים, מפורש בשו”ע ובנו”כ? ועכצ”ל הכוונה שלא שמע הוראה בזה מאת כ”ק מו”ח אדמו”ר זצוקללה”ה.

[2]  ראה שוע”ר סי’ רסג ס”ז.

[3] פסקי תשובות סי’ שיד סק”ו.

[4] ראה שוע”ר סו”ס צד.

[5] סדר רב עמרם.

[6]  שבט מוסר פכ”ד; שמירת גוף ונפש סי’ קמג הע’ ד; ס’ ‘מנהגים והנהגות לחסידי חב”ד’ ע’ 628.

[7]  ראה שוע”ר סי’ שלח ס”א.

[8] ראה מנחות צט ב. שלחן ערוך אדה”ז כרך ה ע’ תקיד.

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  1. When there is a Tzeilim (cross) in front of you, even if it’s covered in glass it doesn’t help to permit praying facing/towards it. (כף החיים סימן קי״ג ס״ק כז)

    An ill person, who is bedridden, and can’t turn around to face another direction, should close his eyes when Davening. (שו״ת חלק לוי סימן מ״ד).

    As far as Davening in a non-Jewish cemetery were there are Tzlomim (crosses) all around it’s improper see משנה ברורה תקע״ט ס״ק י״ד

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