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Shevat 5771 – Of Washing / Thunder / Eating Before Purchase In Supermarkets

Of Washing / Thunder / Eating Before Purchase In Supermarkets Shevat 5771
Of Washing / Thunder / Eating Before Purchase In Supermarkets
by Rabbi Aaron Tendler

 

Dear Rabbi Tendler,
Can you dry your hands on your clothing if you’re not wearing them?

Thank you very much.
Name and Seminary withheld upon request

Thank you for your question. The Mogen Avraham (Orach Chaim 158:17) quotes the Tashbe”tz states that a person should not wipe their hands on their shirt (Chaluko) after washing Netilas Yadayim, as this is “Kasheh L’Shikcha”- makes a person more likely to forget their learning. The Pri Megadim (Aishel Avraham- quoted there in the Mishna Berura 45) asks whether or not this applies to other clothing as well, as is unsure of the answer. Likewise, it is not clear if this applies only to a garment that you are wearing, or even one that you aren’t wearing at that time. Therefore, a person should refrain from wiping their hands on any garment even if they aren’t wearing it, unless there is absolutely nothing else available.

Take care,

Rabbi Aaron Tendler

 

Dear Rabbi Tendler,
How often is one allowed to say the brachos on thunder and lightening? Can it be said more than once a day?

Thank you very much.
Name and Seminary withheld upon request

Thank you for your question. The Beracha on thunder and lightning may be said many times in one day, but only once per every “event”, In other words, if it is the same storm, you should not make the Beracha each time you hear thunder and see lightning. If the storm cleared up and then another one came along, you should make the Beracha again.

Take care,

Rabbi Aaron Tendler

 

Dear Rabbi Tendler,
Are you allowed to hold something in your hand while washing (such as a ring)?

Thank you very much.
Name and Seminary withheld upon request

Thank you for your question. The Halacha is that when washing the water must come into contact with your entire hand, without any Chatzitzah (barrier) preventing this from happening. If you are holding something it is pretty much impossible for this to occur, and therefore it should be put down before washing.

Take care,

Rabbi Aaron Tendler

 

Dear Rabbi Tendler,
Is it permissible to eat a food item in the store before purchasing it, with the knowledge that you will surely buy it? For instance, you or your child opens up the package of pop corn, eats from it and then hand it to the cashier to pay for it on the way out.

Thank you very much.
Name and Seminary withheld upon request

Thank you for your question. This really depends on whether or not the store owner allows this. It can usually be assumed that this is allowed under extenuating circumstances, e.g. to calm a hysterical baby, as long as you make sure the item is paid for. However, the best thing is to ask the manager or whoever is in charge of the store at that time.

Take care,

Rabbi Aaron Tendler