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. The word שבט means a rod. So why are the tribes referred to as שבט or מטה?[1]
  2. Following on from last week’s discussion: Since the top Matzo has enough spare for Korech, why then do we break the bottom Matzo for Korech?[2]
  3. Sunflower oil is available Kosher lePesach, but others maintain that it is included in the issur of Kitniyos. Until now I have refrained from using it on Pesach. If I wish to use it this Pesach, must I be matir neder?[3]
  4. This Pesach is time for Biur Maasros. What does that mean?[4]
  5. I bought gluten-free-Matzo because wheat – and even oat – Matzos cause me great stomach pain. The packet states that they’re not for the Seder. Why not?[5]
  6. Do Heat-pads need to be approved for Pesach?
  7. May Tzitzis be worn on the skin, or must a vest be worn beneath?[6]
  8. Follow-on re. late 2nd Seder: When did the sages in Bnei Brak eat their Matzo?[7]
  9. Follow-on re. quantities for Kazayis of Matzo:[8]
  10. May Sternos be used to serve food on Friday evening?[9]

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 [1] ערוך השלם ערך שבט. שוב העיר א’ המשתתפים מלקו”ש חל”ג ע’ 195 ואילך.

[2] שו”ע סי’ תעה סוף ס”א. פרט זה לא נעתק בשוע”ר, כי אם בסדור. המקור בספר הפרדס עמ’ נב, מחזור ויטרי סי’ נג, ב”ח לאו”ח שם.

[3] בשו”ת מלמד להועיל סי’ פו נוטה להקל בזה, אבל מעיד שרבני הונגרי’ וכו’ מחמירים בו.

[4] שוע”ר סי’ תל ס”ג; ‘התקשרות’ גליון תקסא.

[5] שוע”ר ר”ס תנג.

[6] פסקי תשובות סי’ ח ס”ק כב. וראה לקוטי שיחות חל”ג ע’ 95 ואילך.

[7] לקוטי דיבורים ריש ליקוט כג. בשונה מ’היום יום’ טו ניסן.

[8] קונטרס ‘מדריך למדידת שיעורי מצה ומרור’ מאת הרב מנחם זאב הלוי פראנק.

[9] שוע”ר סי’ שיח ס”ל.

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