From the Rav’s Desk: 1) Blessing on Gluten products; 2) trimming the mustache on Rosh Chodesh

  1. Question: [Monday, 30th Nissan, 5781]

What blessing should be recited in non-grain products that contain gluten within their ingredients?


The gluten has the status of a Shehakol food. Practically, it is nullified to the main ingredient of the product and one should recite whatever blessing the main ingredient deserves.

Explanation: Gluten is the protein of the wheat and does not provide sustenance as does the flour. Therefore, it is not viewed as the main product of the wheat that deserves a special blessing of Mezonos or Hamotzi.

Sources: Vezos Habracha Beirurim 24; Piskeiy Teshuvos 208:2

  1. Question: [Monday, 30th Nissan, 5781]

May a man trim his mustache on Rosh Chodesh?


One is not to do so.

Explanation: Rav Yehuda Hachassid adds the word “Zakan” in his warning against cutting hair on Rosh Chodesh, which seemingly comes to include that one may likewise not trim the mustache on Rosh Chodesh even if done in order to remove the hairs that interfere with eating. Vetzaruch Iyun as why the Poskim who record the ruling of Rav Yehuda Hachassid do not explicitly include the beard in the prohibition.

Sources: See Tzavas Rav Yehudah Hachasid 48

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