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. The investiture of Aharon & sons included placing some blood of their sacrifice on their right ear lobes, thumbs and large toes. Why these organs?[1]  
  2. Our front yard has no wall separating it from the street, so we don’t carry out there. We have a storeroom and a garage both opening to the front yard. If one person stands in the storeroom and another in the garage – and both doors are wide open, may one pass items to the other on Shabbos?[2]
  3. The doorway from the kitchen to the living room has no door. The kitchen is at the rear of the house and has a side door. We mostly enter the house via the front door and come through the living room to the kitchen. Which side does the Mezuza belong?[3]
  4. I’m out and about and I meet a Jew who is keen to put on Tefilin. Turns out that I only have Rabeinu Tam Tefilin with me. Yes/No? If yes: Brocho?[4]
  5. Does a video camera in a dairy farm enable the milk to be defined as Chalav Yisroel? [5]
  6. If I have lasagne for supper, is it Mezonos or haMotzie?[6]
  7. Trimming moustache; hair that interferes with eating:[7]
  8. Draining the fluid from a can of tuna (semi-opened before Shabbos), may I do so by holding the lid in closed position?[8]
  9. I struggle with saying קריאת שמע על המטה properly before retiring, because by then I’m often totally drained. Could I say it right after Maariv and repeat Shma later on?[9]
  10. Feedback on burning Challoh:[10]

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[1]  תורה שלימה פ’ תצוה ע’ רטו.

[2]  שוע”ר סי’ שמח ס”א; סי’ שמז ס”ט.

[3] קובץ רז”ש עמ’ 58. פסקי דינים בהלכות סת”ם מהרז”ש דווארקין אות לו.

[4] שלחן מנחם ח”א ע’ צח. וראה פסקי תשובות סי’ לד סוף סק”ב – מדין נדר.

[5] פסקים ותשובות סימן קטו אות ו.

[6] סדר ברכת הנהנין פ”ב הי”ב; קצות השלחן סימן מח הערה כד. ומשמע שצד ההיתר שלו הוא בספק דין טיגון. וא”כ באפיי’ ודאי דהוי ‘המוציא’. ומ”מ בנדו”ד מסתבר שאין זה אפיי’, כי אם כמו טיגון ברוב משקים.

[7]  שלחן מנחם ח”ד ע’ קלג.

[8] שבת כהלכה ח”ב פי”ד סכ”ד.

[9]  קונטרס בסוד שיח ח”ב ע’ 7.

[10]  רמ”א יו”ד סו”ס שכב; שוע”ר סי’ תקו ס”ט. במטה אפרים סי’ תרכה ס”ח כתב שיש לשרוף החלה מיד.

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  1. The Rabbi says here that one may remove the meat from the Cholent Friday night and put into refrigerator because it’s not considered a mixture because it’s a big piece. However the Alter Rebbe says in 319,6:
    שני מיני דגים נקראים ב’ מיני אוכלים ואסור לברור בידו אלא אותו המין שרוצה לאכלו לאלתר ולא מסעודה לסעודה ואע”פ שהמין של מין אחד הן גדולות וניכרות כל אחת בפני עצמה ואפשר שלא שייך כאן ברירה כלל אעפ”כ אין להקל כי ספק חיוב חטאת הוא

  2. Sholom Aleochem
    Regarding taking a snack and feeding a pet first.. since pets have a time and an amount to eat..when one must feed their it before taking your meal..but everytime a person eats doesn’t mean it’s the time or healthy for their animal to eat.

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