Volume 62 Number 53 
      Produced: Mon, 10 Aug 15 10:03:26 -0400

Subjects Discussed In This Issue:

Additional aliyot for Kohanim 
    [Stuart Pilichowski]
Hakarat Hatov 
    [Joel Rich]
Nullification of a whole bug (3)
    [Martin Stern  Gershon Dubin Michael Rogovin]
Relative priorities 
    [Joel Rich]
    [Joel Rich]
Strange Baladi custom 
    [Rabbi Meir Wise]


From: Stuart Pilichowski <stupillow@...>
Date: Sun, Jun 28,2015 at 12:01 PM
Subject: Additional aliyot for Kohanim

I am familiar with Kohanim in a minyan with Yisroelim receiving the first aliyah
(and the second in the absence of a Levi) and also possibly receiving acharon
[the last aliyah when there are more than seven] and maftir. 

But what about a Kohen receiving aliyot 3,4,5,6, or 7? 


Stuart P
Mevaseret Zion


From: Joel Rich <JRich@...>
Date: Mon, Jun 29,2015 at 09:01 AM
Subject: Hakarat Hatov

Does Hakarat Hatov (recognition of good <someone did for you>) engender a
measurable "liability" (e.g. require a marginally greater action) between the
recipient and the provider of the "Tov", or is saying "Thank you, I appreciate
it" the only requirement?

Joel Rich


From: Martin Stern <md.stern@...>
Date: Sun, Jun 28,2015 at 05:01 AM
Subject: Nullification of a whole bug

David Ziants wrote(MJ 62#52):

> There is a halachic issue of which I need some help to understand.
> In general we have a principle that if a forbidden food falls into a permitted
> food and it is a proportion which is less than 1:60, then one is allowed to
> eat it even if it was cooked together, as it is batul [nullified].
> So if a small piece of non-kosher meat fell into a pot of chicken soup that is
> being boiled, the whole mixture is permitted, provided it is less than 1:60,
> but I should still remove the piece of non-kosher meat from the soup...
> I was, for a very long time, of the understanding that this does not work with
> a whole bug and a whole bug cannot be m'vutal. This is why vegetables have to
> be checked well before they are cooked (as well as eaten). I assumed from this
> premise, that, concerning the scenario above with the small piece of
> non-kosher meat, if it were a bug instead, then the whole soup would be
> forbidden despite the fact that the bug is not likely to give a nice flavour
> (ta'am lifgam) to the soup.
> Now I hear that a whole bug *can become* m'vutal, and the boiling soup can be
> drunk provided the bug is removed...
> So what is the difference between a whole bug and a very small piece of
> non-kosher meat falling into boiling soup with respect to bittul?

The difference relates to the piece of meat or the bug itself - as regards
the 'flavoured' soup any 'taste' is certainly battul. If the piece of meat cannot
be recognised, it is battul and may be eaten. For a beriyah [a whole bug]
this is not the case, so one has to scrutinise the produce carefully in
order to find it. If it cannot be found and the cooking process has caused
it to disintegrate, it would then be battul. Essentially this is a matter of
what one must do le'khatchillah [before preparing the food] and bedi'eved
[with already cooked food] though one cannot rely on this happening [ein
mevatlin et ha'issur lekhatchillah].

Martin Stern

From: Gershon Dubin<GDubin@...>
Date: Sun, Jun 28,2015 at 08:01 AM
Subject: Nullification of a whole bug

In reply to David Ziants (MJ 62#52):

The bug has no good taste to be batel -- however, the thing itself is forbidden
regardless of taste. Remove the bug, and there's no taste left to be concerned with. 

The non kosher meat however, when removed, leaves behind a good taste which also
needs bitul. 

From: Michael Rogovin <michael@...>
Date: Mon, Jun 29,2015 at 10:01 AM
Subject: Nullification of a whole bug

In reply to David Ziants (MJ 62#52):

More knowledgeable people please correct me, but I believe the difference is
that one can remove the whole bug but the presumption is that one cannot remove
bits of non-kosher meat (or bits of cheese) from a stew since they are
completely intermingled. To the extent that any bits of the bug are left behind,
those pieces would presumably be intermingled and batul. That is why, for
example, while some poskim prohibit whole raspberries (which are said to have
difficult infestation problems though I have never seen this and I buy and grow
raspberries), if the berries are pulverized (in, say, a smoothie), the same
poskim would permit them.

Michael Rogovin


From: Joel Rich <JRich@...>
Date: Mon, Jul 27,2015 at 05:01 AM
Subject: Relative priorities

A yahrtzeit shiur is "being sponsored" at the same time as your regular learning
seder. How should one evaluate the various 'score cards' in shamayim (yours, the
niftar's, your chavrutah's) depending on whether you attended the shiur or seder
(all other things being equal)?


Joel Rich


From: Joel Rich <JRich@...>
Date: Mon, Jun 29,2015 at 09:01 AM
Subject: Retirement

I'm collecting sources (Halachic and Hashkafic) regarding retirement as a Jewish
concept. Any contributions are appreciated.

Joel Rich


From: Rabbi Meir Wise <Meirhwise@...>
Date: Sun, Jun 28,2015 at 06:01 AM
Subject: Strange Baladi custom

Can anyone explain why the Baladi Yemenites always read Chukkat and Balak together?


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