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Rosh Yeshiva Responds

Tazria – The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Using a Mohel Who is Not Shomer Shabbat

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on April 11, 2024

וּבַיּוֹם הַשְּׁמִינִי יִמּוֹל בְּשַׂר ערְלָתוֹ׃ (Vayikra 12:3) וביום השמיני ימול בשר ערלתו ואפילו בשבת “‘On the eighth day you shall circumcise his flesh’ – and even on Shabbat” (Shabbat 132a). QUESTION—New York, NY In a small town without a traditional mohel nearby, would we be lenient on who the mohel is to avoid postponing a Shabbat brit milah?…

Shemini – The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Havdalah: Before Tzeit/Lost Sense of Smell

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on April 4, 2024

וּֽלְהַבְדִּ֔יל בֵּ֥ין הַקֹּ֖דֶשׁ וּבֵ֣ין הַחֹ֑ל וּבֵ֥ין הַטָּמֵ֖א וּבֵ֥ין הַטָּהֽוֹר׃ for you must distinguish between the sacred and the profane, and between the impure and the pure; (Vayikra 10:10). Havdalah for Kids Before Tzeit QUESTION—New England, USA For many of my families, day light savings time means that Havdalah will be later than their kids bed time.…

Tzav – The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Using Pet Food That is Less Than 50% Chametz on Pesach

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on March 28, 2024

QUESTION—Denver, CO Rabbi Linzer, what is your view on using pet food on Pesach that is ta’arovet chametz—less than 50% percent grain—instead of trying to find grain-free pet food? This is important to dog owners who find it difficult to switch foods.…

Vayikra – The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Kashering a Frying Pan

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on March 20, 2024

וְאִם־מִנְחָ֥ה עַל־הַמַּֽחֲבַ֖ת קָרְבָּנֶ֑ךָ סֹ֛לֶת בְּלוּלָ֥ה בַשֶּׁ֖מֶן מַצָּ֥ה תִֽהְיֶֽה: If your offering is a meal offering on a griddle, it shall be of choice flour with oil mixed in, unleavened. Vayikra 2:5 QUESTION—Washington, D.C. Can a kosher frying pan used to cook a treif chicken with no oil or anything be kashered?…

Pekudei – The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Halakhic Status of Bread Made with Both Wheat and Almond Flour

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on March 14, 2024

וַיַּֽעֲרֹ֥ךְ עָלָ֛יו עֵ֥רֶךְ לֶ֖חֶם לִפְנֵ֣י הֹ כַּֽאֲשֶׁ֛ר צִוָּ֥ה הֹ אֶת־משֶֽׁה He set upon it an arrangement of bread before Hashem as Hashem had commanded Moses (Shemot 40:23). QUESTION—Washington, D.C. A bread made with mostly rice flour but some wheat flour would be HaMotzi if you could taste the wheat.…

Vayakhel – The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Can a Quilt be Holy?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on March 7, 2024

מִלֵּ֨א אֹתָ֜ם חָכְמַת־לֵ֗ב לַֽעֲשׂוֹת֘ כָּל־מְלֶ֣אכֶת חָרָ֣שׁ | וְחשֵׁב֒ וְרֹקֵ֞ם בַּתְּכֵ֣לֶת וּבָֽאַרְגָּמָ֗ן בְּתוֹלַ֧עַת הַשָּׁנִ֛י וּבַשֵּׁ֖שׁ וְאֹרֵ֑ג עֹשֵׂי֙ כָּל־מְלָאכָ֔ה וְחֽשְׁבֵ֖י מַֽחֲשָׁבֹֽת: “Them has He filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of workmanship, of the craftsman, of the skillful workman, of the weaver in blue, purple, scarlet, and fine linen, and of the weaver, even of them that do any workmanship, and of those that devise skillful works.”…

Ki Tisa – The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Ordering Fresh Food On Shabbat for Someone with an Eating Disorder

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on February 28, 2024

וְאַתָּה דַּבֵּר אֶל-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, לֵאמֹר, אַךְ אֶת-שַׁבְּתֹתַי, תִּשְׁמֹרוּ “However, you shall keep My Shabbats” (Shemot 31:13). “From where do we learn that saving a life overrides Shabbat?… Rabbi Yossi bar Rabbi Yehudah says, from this verse: ‘You shall keep my Shabbats, – perhaps for all matters?…

Tetzaveh – The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Helping Secular Israelis Celebrate Valentine’s Day

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on February 21, 2024

וְנָשָׂא אַהֲרֹן אֶת שְׁמוֹת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּחֹשֶׁן הַמִּשְׁפָּט עַל לִבּוֹ בְּבֹאוֹ אֶל הַקֹּדֶשׁ לְזִכָּרֹן לִפְנֵי ה’ תָּמִיד: “And Aharon shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goes into the holy place, for a remembrance before the Lord continually.”…

Terumah – The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Using Ma’aser Kesefaim Money for a Shul’s Building Fund

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on February 14, 2024

דַּבֵּר אֶל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְיִקְחוּ לִי תְּרוּמָה מֵאֵת כָּל אִישׁ אֲשֶׁר יִדְּבֶנּוּ לִבּוֹ תִּקְחוּ אֶת תְּרוּמָתִי: Speak unto the children of Israel, that they shall bring to Me an offering: from every person who gives it willingly with his heart shall you take My offering.…

Mishpatim – The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Returning a Sweater After a Falling Out

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on February 7, 2024

כִּי תִפְגַּע שׁוֹר אֹיִבְךָ אוֹ חֲמֹרוֹ תֹּעֶה הָשֵׁב תְּשִׁיבֶנּוּ לוֹ: “If you encounter your enemy’s ox or his ass going astray, you shalt surely bring it back to him again.” (Shemot 23:4). To read this post in Spanish, click here To read this post in French, click here To read this post in Hebrew, click here QUESTION-Cleveland, OH A man wrote to me after cleaning out his grown daughter’s bedroom, he found a sweatshirt that his daughter most likely borrowed years ago from her very close friend.…

Yitro -The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Pour-over Coffee on Shabbat

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 31, 2024

זָכוֹר אֶת יוֹם הַשַּׁבָּת לְקַדְּשׁוֹ… לֹא תַעֲשֶׂה כָל מְלָאכָה “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy… You shall not do any melakha (labor).” (Shemot 20:8) To read this post in Spanish, click here To read this post in French, click here QUESTION-Jerusalem, Israel Is there a permissible way to make fresh pour-over coffee on Shabbat?…

Beshalach -The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Brakhah on Steamed Bread

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 25, 2024

וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה אֲלֵהֶם הוּא הַלֶּחֶם אֲשֶׁר נָתַן ה’ לָכֶם לְאָכְלָה… אֵת אֲשֶׁר תֹּאפוּ אֵפוּ וְאֵת אֲשֶׁר תְּבַשְּׁלוּ בַּשֵּׁלוּ: “And Moshe said unto them, This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat… Bake that which you will bake to day, and cook that which you will cook.”…