What Bracha Do You Make on 770’s Cholent?

Anash.org feature: Dayan Levi Yitzchok Raskin, Rov of Anash in London, explores interesting Torah questions and halachic dilemmas including sunglasses on Shabbos, melting a pendant with letters from Hashem’s name, how often to replace the rainwater in a mikvah, and selling online or bidding for an auction on Shabbos.

The following issues are discussed by Rabbi Raskin in this week’s episode:

  1. Following on the discussion re. the word כל pronounced ‘coal’ or ‘call’. Would that explain the difference in כל מעייני בך, between in Tehillim and in Bentsching?[1]
  2. May one wear sunglasses in the street on Shabbos?[2]
  3. What are the parameters of the respect a Ger should have towards his biological parents?[3]
  4. I was given a pendant that has the letters ש-ד-י clustered in disorder. May I sell to a non-Jew who deals with precious metals, who will probably melt it down?[4]
  5. How often should I be replacing the rainwater in my Mikva with fresh rainwater?[5]
  6. You recently mentioned the idea of not publicly rolling a Sefer Torah, even if it is just a few columns (e.g. Parshas Shekalim/Ki Sissa).[6] So, here’s my question: we have a Sefer Torah that is used only on Mondays and Thursdays. Every Monday I need to wind it 4-6 columns from the previous week’s laining. Would it be better that when we finish laining on Thursday, to roll it on to the next Sedra?
  7. I sell paper goods via my website. Must it be closed for Shabbos?[7]
  8. What about buying stuff on eBay, when the final day is Shabbos?[8]
  9. I recall that the late Rav Marlow ז”ל ruled that the brocho for the Cholent served in ‘770’ is Mezonos. Was that possibly due to the kishke that was in it?[9]
  10. Feedback on answering אמן after ברוך ה’ לעולם:[10]

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[1] ‘היום יום’ יז אדר שני. פירוש המאירי על תהלים.

[2] שמירת שבת כהלכתה פי”ח סי”ח. עיקר החשש הוא שמא יסירם ויטלטלם בידו.

[3]  שו”ע יו”ד סי’ רמא ס”ט: איסור בזיון. קצשו”ע סו”ס קמג מוסיף (ע”פ הרמב”ם): “מקצת כבוד”. אג”מ י”ד ב:קל: שלא ייראה ככפוי טובה.  

[4] א) אותיות השם אינן מופיעות כסדרן; ב) י”ל שאותיות שאינן על רקע [קלף, נייר כו] לא נקרא כתב – ראה אנציק’ תל’ כרך לב ע’ תלג.

[5] ראה ס’ תיקוני מקואות פ”ה.

[6] שו”ע או”ח סי’ קמד ס”ג.

[7] ראה פסקי תשובות סי’ רנב סק”ב. [כשמוכר שירות בשבת – כגון מידע, מוזיקה – ניתוסף איסור שכר שבת. שם].

[8] .

[9] ראה סדר ברכת הנהנין פ”ג ס”א-ב; שערי הברכה פט”ו הע’ לו; פסקי תשובות סי’ ריב סק”ו; שמירת הברכות ע’ 123. ונראה שאין הקישקע נחשב ‘מעורב’ בטשולנט – ראה שבת כהלכה ח”ב פי”ב סט”ו.

[10]  יו”ד סי’ ריד ס”א. בנים יולדו (שוסטרמן) ע’ 115-116.

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