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. Is it appropriate to wear a Gartel for bentsching?[1]
  2. A new utensil that hasn’t been Toivelled in a Mikva – is it Muktzah?[2]
  3. Cups that change colour when filled with very cold liquid; may they be used on Shabbos?[3]
  4. Having touched non-leather shoes, must I wash my hands with water before reciting a brocho?[4]
  5. One who davens Shacharis ‘in tandem’ with the Chazan who is repeating Musaf, should say נקדישך or כתר?[5]
  6. The Mezuzah should be placed in the outer-most Tefach of the doorway. Does this rule apply to interior doorways too?[6]
  7. I’m having a coffee and some biscuits. I have several chocolate wafers plus one whole tea-biscuit. Should my brocho of Mezonos be said on the wafers – which I prefer, or upon the biscuit – because it is whole?[7]
  8. Is it a sin to cheat in an exam?[8]
  9. May we count for a Minyan a man who is married to a non-Jewish woman?[9]
  10. The Hand-Tefillin-knot includes the shape of the letter Yud. When tying a knot for a leftie, is the Yud made as a mirror-image or as a regular Yud?[10]

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[1] ס’ תהלת חיים. וע”ע ספר המנהגים-חב”ד ע’ 8.

[2]  פסקי תשובות סי’ שח הע’ 491.

[3] פסקי תשובות סימן שכ ס”ק כח. כשנראה כתב מחמת החימום?

[4]  פסקי תשובות סי’ ד ס”ק כב.

[5] משנה ברורה סוף סימן קט.

[6] מנחות לג א. שו”ע יו”ד סי’ רפט ס”ב. שו”ת מנחת אלעזר ח”א סי’ לו; שם ח”ב סי’ ???

[7] סדר ברכת הנהנין פ”י ה”א וה”ו.

[8]  בשו”ת אגרות משה חו”מ ח”ב סי’ ל מסיק שיש בזה איסור גניבת דעת, ויתכן גם גניבת ממון. וכן מסיק שו”ת משנה הלכות ח”ז סי’ ערה.

[9]  או”ח סי’ נה סי”א. שו”ת מנחת יצחק ח”ג סי’ סה.

[10] פסקי דינים בהלכות סת”ם מאת הגרז”ש דבורקין ז”ל. ס’ תפלה למשה (הלכות תפילין ח”ב) ע’ שסב ואילך. ס’ זכרון אליהו פט”ז סי’ ט-י.

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