Insights from the Institute
Rabbi Mordechai Frankel, Director of STAR-K’s Institute of Halacha
The Institute of Halachah is directed by Rabbi Mordechai Frankel, under the guidance of HaRav Moshe Heinemann. Rabbi Frankel received smicha from Rav Yaakov Kulefsky, zt”l, the former Rosh Hayeshiva of Yeshivas Ner Yisroel. Rabbi Frankel is the Assistant Rabbi at Agudath Israel of Baltimore, where HaRav Heinemann is the Rav.
Shailos may be called into the Institute of Halachah at 410-484-4110 (Ext. 238), or e-mailed to Halachah@star-k.org.
Below are answers to just some of the hundreds of shailos that Rabbi Frankel has answered, as they appeared in Rabbi Frankel’s "Insights from the Institute"column in the Kashrus Kurrents magazine.
||A Jewish-Owned Store That Did Not Sell Its
Chometz To A Non-Jew For Pesach, A Jewish-Owned Store That Sold Its Chometz To A Non-Jew For Pesach, A Store Owned By A Non-Jew Or By A Person That May Or May Not Be Jewish, A Store That Receives Chometz From A Jewish
Distributor, and Buying Bourbon?
||It has become common for businesses and stores to have security video cameras which monitor the foot traffic in front of their properties. Similarly, many apartment buildings have video cameras which record anything that enters or exits the building. Is a Jew allowed to walk in front of such a video camera on Shabbos? Can a Jew operate a video camera knowing that other Jews will walk in front of it on Shabbos?
||I have heard that someone who bakes loaves of bread with the intention of giving them to other people does not separate challah with a brocha. Can you explain the parameters of this halacha?
||I would like to send my young children to a backyard camp during the summer. The camp is offering an 'early-bird special' if I register my children now. If I wait until the summer to register, they will charge more. Is there any ribbis issue with registering now and receiving the discount?
||When I say Al Hamichya and make a mistake, I don’t know what to do. Could you give me some guidelines?
||When a person stays in a hotel for Shabbos, does he need to make an eruv chatzeiros to allow him to carry items in the hallways and lobby?
||I am traveling, and there is no keilim mikva in this area. May I tovel new utensils in a lake or river?
||Could you give me some guidelines as to when sheva brochos are recited?
||I am going to Israel and will be visiting the kosel
|| Utensils which need kashering through hagalah
||Cutting the hair of the pe'os ha'rosh
||The bracha on hearts of palm, cranberries, sushi, Ezekiel bread and rice cakes
||Halachos pertaining to a kohain entering a museum
||Using a sleep-apnea machine on Shabbos
||Using a succah with canvas walls
||Can a child check eggs for blood spots and lettuce for insects?
||Using a diaper with a color-changing stripe on Shabbos
||Using a warming tray on Shabbos
||Halachos pertaining to yayin nesech
Can one send a package which will be delivered on Shabbos?
||Entering a non-kosher restaurant
| Spring 2009
||The bracha on a newly flowering tree
||Removing ice from an ice-maker on Shabbos
Using a hot water heater on Yom Tov
||Does bishul akum apply to a microwave?
Does a shed need a mezuzah?
||Making an image of the sun
Can a child do dental work on a parent?