Rosh Yeshiva Responds
Rabbi Linzer answers halakhic questions from rabbis and community members

5 11, 2023

Reciting Berakhot on Reading Megillat Rut From a Klaf

November 5th, 2023|Chol Hamoed, Moadim, Orach Chayim, Pesach, Purim, Shavuot, Sukkot|



We are reading Megillat Rut from a klaf for the first time this year. The Ba’al Koreh told me he would like to say the berakhot of mikrah megillah and shehechiyanu. I thought this was not widely practiced and I was wondering your guidance on the matter.


I am fine making the berakhot when read from a klaf. I think what is not widely practiced is to read it from a klaf. My sense is that the places that do so, do it with a brakha. (See Rema SA OH 390:9,

7 05, 2023

Fasting on Tisha B’Av When Breaking The Fast Will Cause Extreme Nausea

May 7th, 2023|Orach Chayim, Tisha B'Av - 3 Weeks|


Houston, TX

A woman from my shul has the following issue with fasting:

Although she is fine while fasting, experiencing only headaches, she becomes extremely nauseous when she eats after the fast, and can’t keep any food down for a few hours. What should I tell her regarding fasting on Tisha BeAv?


This is a tricky one, since it is not the fasting that makes her nauseous, but the eating afterward.

One way to approach this would

1 05, 2023

Whiskey sold after Pesach

May 1st, 2023|Moadim, Pesach|



When whiskey is sold to gentiles for פסח, does it wipe away any labelling of it as חמץ שעבר עליו הפסח? E.g. when a Bourbon had been created by Jews (and unquestionably is חמץ שעבר עליו הפסח), but is then sold to gentiles, does it lose its status as חמץ שעבר עליו הפסח? And, if not, is it still permissible to drink?

Here are three real-life situations I have encountered with regard to this question:
1) My gentile neighbor offers me to drink of his own bottles of a Bourbon that had been

30 04, 2023

Meat During the Nine Days for Those with Advanced Dementia

April 30th, 2023|Minhag, Orach Chayim, Tisha B'Av - 3 Weeks|


Riverdale, NY

For those with advanced dementia, does the Minhag of avoiding meat during the nine days not apply?

I would think they wouldn’t gain anything from the Minhag, as they wouldn’t understand the reason for it. And avoiding meat might make it harder to get the nutrition they need.

5 04, 2023

Drinking Wine Brought by Car on Yom Tov

April 5th, 2023|Moadim, Orach Chayim, Prohibitions, Yom Tov|


Baltimore, MD

A family that has some Shomer Shabbat members and some who are not, have friends coming to their second Seder in Baltimore from New Jersey, presumably driving on Yom Tov. Those friends will be bringing wine with them. Can they drink that wine at the Seder? Is tehum a concern at all in this case?



4 04, 2023

Eating Eggs on Pesach from Chickens Fed with Chametz Feed

April 4th, 2023|Pesach|


Maryland, USA

A congregant has their own chickens in the backyard that produce eggs. The chicken feed has wheat. I assume that the eggs would not be a problem because of zeh va’zeh gorem זה וזה גורם (some of the feed is not chametz—see SA YD 87:11), but I assume there is an issur of owning chametz on the feed and getting benefit from chametz if the owner owns his chickens. So the solution could

2 04, 2023

Managing Environmental Concerns: Glass Dishes and Glass Serving Plates from Goodwill for Pesach

April 2nd, 2023|Hechsher Keilim, Moadim, Orach Chayim, Pesach|


Denver, CO

It seems environmentally wasteful to buy a new set of dishes to be used one week per year. Would it be acceptable to buy glass dishes and glass serving plates from goodwill to use for Pesach?


While I think there are cases where you can assume that glass isn’t boleya/that it is kasherable, we tend to be quite strict around these things over Pesach, and the environmental cost of buying one set of dishes for a one-week-a-year use seems to me to

2 04, 2023

Flying back to Chutz La’Aretz from Israel on Second Day of Yom Tov

April 2nd, 2023|Land of Israel / State of Israel, Moadim, Orach Chayim, Pesach|


New York

If someone was in Israel for Pesach and only keeping one day of chag, would they be able to fly back to America on Yom Tov Sheni, once you leave Israel?
Does it matter if you don’t land until chag is over in chutz laaretz?
How would you handle a layover if it’s permitted?


If an Israeli or American who lives a good part of the year in Israel and can reasonably be called a בן ארץ ישראל—ben eretz yisrael comes to the US on Yom Tov Sheni (second day of Yom Tov), they can treat the day as chol ha’moed as

28 03, 2023

Switching Pesach China Dishes Not Used for 12 Months from Meat to Dairy

March 28th, 2023|Hechsher Keilim, Orach Chayim, Pesach|


Jerusalem, IL

A family that uses their (flieshig) grandparent’s Pesach china has gone vegetarian. They would like to turn the china dairy. Obviously, they haven’t been used since last Pesach. Any room for to allow this?


Yes they can. They should kasher through iruy and—when it comes to the tureen and serving dishes and possibly the soup bowls (see below), they should ideally wait 12 months from last fleishig use, which means the Pesach after this. The reason to allow this is:

1. We are only going from fleishig to milkhig, so what is balua (absorbed) is taam heter (permissible flavour) to begin