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. In the Piyut for Tal, in the phrase איומה אשר הסעת כצאן, what does איומה mean?[1]
  2. When naming a child whose father isn’t Jewish, nor is there a Jewish maternal grandfather, should בן\בת אברהם be used?[2]
  3. Someone poured boiling water from a Pesach’dike kettle into a Chometz sink; may they continue to use the kettle during Pesach?[3]
  4. May one ride in a rickshaw on Shabbos or Yomtov?[4]
  5. Is a chipped mug disqualified for Netilas Yodayim?[5]
  6. Chabad minhag is that the first Aliya of a Bar Mitzva boy is not on a Shabbos morning. What about a Yomtov morning?[6]
  7. We’re totally redoing our house. Is there any issue with demolishing the chimney stacks?[7]
  8. The רמז in the words שיר למעלות – the Rebbe’s Tehilim for this year:[8]

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[1] ראה שיר השירים ו, ד; שם, י.

[2] או”ח סי’ קלט ס”ג בהגהה.

[3] שוע”ר סי’ תנא סנ”ט.

[4] שוע”ר סי’ תקכב ס”ב; שו”ת רב פעלים ח”ב סי’ כה.

[5] שוע”ר סי’ קנט ס”ד.

[6]  אגרות קודש כרך יז ע’ פז.

[7] צוואת רבי יהודה החסיד אות מט. שו”ת תורת שלום סי’ לו.

[8] חיד”א בפירוש יוסף תהלות ר”פ קיט.

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  1. Kvod haRav Raskin,
    Sholom Aleichem
    Re the topic of what may learn on Shabos 9th Av..see Toras Menachem
    Vol 44 p 172 .
    Re the topic how much to drink of Kiddosh cup… the Rebbe’s Haggafah comments he discusses the Kiddish cup being the first of the 4 cups and the personal obligation to drink etc.
    By one person and neither the occasion necessitates a “drinking”
    It’s al hayayin….and the drinking is part of a Birkas nehenin issue rather than a Kiddush concern
    Best wishes

    Yankel Blotner..Worcester MA

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