Women Reciting Hagomel After Giving Birth?

Anash.org feature: Dayan Levi Yitzchok Raskin, Rov of Anash in London, explores interesting Torah questions and halachic dilemmas including reciting hagomel after giving birth, laying tefillin on a paralyzed arm, playing music at a wine party, and the right way to make the kesher shel rosh.

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

  1. I’m puzzled with the explanation in Shaar haKolel as to why on Shabbos etc. the letter Vov is added to the word המרחם in Moidim. Please explain: [1]
  2. A note in the Kfar Chabad Sidur instructs us to stand erect for the last three words of Moidim deRabonon. Is that correct? [2]
  3. A man whose left arm is paralyzed ר”ל, should he still don Tefilin on that arm?[3]
  4. The 11th blessing in the Amidah begins with our pleading for the restoration of judges, whilst the blessing ends with that HaShem loves righteousness and justice. Shouldn’t the opening and the conclusion of the brocho reflect the same theme?[4]
  5. Our family are having a birthday party for my father. Should wine be served at the event, would I be permitted to play my violin?[5]
  6. Does a mother recite HaGomeil after having given birth?[6]
  7. Someone who owes me a significant amount of money has been delaying payment for years. Eventually, this ended up in civil court, which awarded me the full payment, plus interest, which is enforceable through bailiffs. Is this interest surcharge permitted or would I have to return the interest to the defendant?[7]
  8. There are different ways – within Chabad! – how to form the knot of the straps for the Tefilin shel Rosh. To discuss:[8]
  9. When you’re not sure if you have a brocho in hand, may you eat the food? [9]
  10. Feedback on sleeping with one’s feet facing the door:[10]
  11. Feedback on the story of the Rebbe being Sandek for R’ Chonye Morozov’s sons:

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  1. [1] שער הכולל פרק ט אות לב.
  2. [2] ראה סדור תהלת ה’ מהדורת כפר חב”ד תשס”ג; שוע”ר סי’ קכז ס”א.
  3. [3] ראה נשמת אברהם או”ח סי’ כז ב:ז (במהדו”ב: ע’ ח).
  4. [4] ראה תוספת יו”ט תמיד פ”ה מ”א בשם רש”י ברכות יח .
  5. [5] ראה שו”ע או”ח סי’ תקס ס”ג.
  6. [6] ראה
  7. [7] ר.
  8. [8] ראה).
  9. [9] ראה גליון הש”ס ברכות יב א בשם מהרש”א. אבל ראה סדר ברכת הנהנין פ”א ה”ג.
  10. [10] ראה.

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