What is the Minimum Size for a Yarmulke?

Anash.org feature: Dayan Levi Yitzchok Raskin, Rov of Anash in London, explores interesting Torah questions and halachic dilemmas including the minimum size for a Yarmulke, opening cartons, putting out poison, and spreading out a towel to dry on Shabbos, microblading eyebrows, and naming a child after a relative who passed away young.

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

  1. May one add water to a humidifier/cooler on Shabbos?[1]
  2. Is there a specific minimum size for a Yarmulke?[2]
  3. Is microblading eyebrows permitted?[3]
  4. On Shabbos, after the use of a towel, may it be spread out to dry?[4]
  5. What is a permissible correct way to open cartons of drink on Shabbos?[5]
  6. When naming a child after a grandparent who died young, should another name be added?[6]
  7. On Friday evening, we have Mincha shortly before sunset and Maariv right after sunset. Is that not a contradiction, since we’ve davened Mincha after Plag haMincha, so we should wait with Maariv until nightfall?[7]
  8. Having a goy bring a baby thru the street on Shabbos?[8]
  9. Our garden shed has a Mezuza. It was temporarily dismantled, with the Mezuza in place. When the shed is reassembled, does the Mezuza need to be re-affixed?[9]
  10. If it needs to be reaffixed, should a brocho be said when doing so?[10]
  11. On Shabbos I saw a hedgehog in my house, curled up in a corner under the stairs. I first moved it with a stick, then pushed it with my leg to the door. Was that okay?[11]
  12. Also, may one put out rodent poison on Shabbos? Is rodent poison muktze?[12]

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[1] ראה שוע”ר סו”ס שיט; נתיבים בשדה השליחות ח”א סימן יא (ע’ רכח ואילך).

[2] ראה פסקי תשובות סי’ ב  סק”ט.

[3] ראה נשמת אברהם סי’ קפ א:2.

[4] ראה שוע”ר סי’ שא סנ”ו; ס’ הליכות משה פ”ה ס”ב.  

 [5] ראה שע”ר ר”ס שיד.  ומה שיש מקילים לעשות חור מתחת – היינו למ”ד שקופסא חתומה אינו כלי. וקשה לסמוך על זה.

[6] שלחן מנחם ח”ה ע’ קנז. וע”ע זיו השמות פט”ו שי”א שהקפידא רק בנהרג, לא במת על מיטתו.

[7] ראה שו”ע או”ח סי’ רלג ס”א; שוע”ר סי’ רסא ס”ה שיש מחשבים שעות זמניות מעלות השחר עד צאה”כ, ולדידהו פלג המנחה היינו ג’ דקות לפני השקיעה.

[8] ראה שוע”ר סי’ שלא ס”ח.

[9] ראה שוע”ר סי’ טו ס”ח-ט; שכל טוב סי’ רפט סעיף קלד ג:ב.

[10] ראה ס’ שכל טוב סי’ רפו ס”ק קפג.  

[11]  ראה שוע”ר סי’ שח ס”ח [דין מוקצה של בעל חי]; שם ס”ס [טלטול ע”י מקל הוי כטלטול בידו].

[12] פסקי תשובות סי’ שטז ס”ק טז.

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