What Did the Rebbe Say About Careers for Jewish Women?

Anash.org feature: Dayan Levi Yitzchok Raskin, Rov of Anash in London, explores interesting Torah questions and halachic dilemmas including careers for Jewish women, engagement rings, separating teabags and smashed hats on Shabbos, mayim acharonim for women, and unity with Reform or Conservative clergy.

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

  1. The Rebbe’s guidance re. careers for a married Jewish woman:[1]
  2. Giving a diamond ring for the engagement is: a) not our custom; b) not recommended; c) forbidden, or somewhere in between?[2]
  3. Is separating two attached teabags on Shabbos allowed?[3]
  4. The hem of a garment of mine unraveled, so I joined it back with a safety pin. May I wear that garment in the street on Shabbos?[4]
  5. Re. serving cholent and kugel in shul: may they be served directly off the hotplate?[5]
  6. May torn pieces of text be put together on Shabbos in order to read it, and may they then be separated?[6]
  7. May a garden umbrella be opened on Shabbos, if it is firmly attached to the base? What if it was already partly open?[7]
  8. Why do women not wash mayim acharonim?[8]
  9. Someone sat on my hat. May I put it back into shape on Shabbos?[9]
  10. By mistake, the Baal Korei finished the Shabbos Torah reading with six Aliyos. Should the Maftir serve to make up the quota of seven Aliyos?[10]
  11. Is there any objection to the use of metal pipes to bring rainwater to the Mikvah?[11]
  12. I davened Mincha in a Shul where they omitted Tachanun, whereas our minhag is to say Tachanun on that day. Should I discreetly say Tachanun later?[12]
  13. Yahrzeit this year for one who passed away on 30 Adar I.
  14. Unity with Reform or Conservative clergy.[13]

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  1. [1] מענה כ”ק אדמו”ר זי”ע הנספח לקונטרס שיחות ק’ היו”ל לש”פ וארא ש”ז.
  2. [2] שלחן מנחם ח”ו סי’ לה.
  3. [3] בס’ ארחות שבת ח”א סי”ב מביא ב’ דעות  בדבר הפרדת גביעי לבן זמ”ז.
  4. [4] שמירת שבת כהלכתה פי”ח סכ”ט, ע”פ קצוה”ש סי’ קטו הע’ כט [לא “לה”].
  5. [5] ראה שוע”ר סי’ שיח ס”ל – אודות נטולה מהאש. כאן – על האש.
  6. [6] ראה שוע”ר סי’ שמ ס”ד; שמירת שבת כהלכתה פכ”ח ס”ג.
  7. [7] שמירת שבת כהלכתה פכ”ד סעיף טו.
  8. [8]  שוע”ר סי’ קפא ס”ט; ס’ הליכות בת ישראל פ”ג הי”א.
  9. [9]  פסקי תשובות סי’ שב אות י.
  10. [10] ראה שו”ע  סימן רפב ס”ו; שוע”ר שם סי”ט; קיצור שלחן ערוך סימן עח ס”ו.
  11. [11]  הנחיות  הרב יעקב לנדא ז”ל בשם כ”ק אדמו”ר מוהרש”ב נ”ע מופיעות בשוע”ר ח”ה ע’ תקסח-ט.
  12. [12] שלחן מנחם ח”א סימן פו.
  13. [13]  אגרות קודש חי”ב ע’ שמז; שם חי”ג ע’ מ, קכט.

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