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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.

 

Articles from the Institute
Winter 2014 When I say Al Hamichya and make a mistake, I don’t know what to do. Could you give me some guidelines?
Fall 2013 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?
Summer 2013 I am traveling, and there is no keilim mikva in this area. May I tovel new utensils in a lake or river?
Spring 2013 Could you give me some guidelines as to when sheva brochos are recited?
Winter 2013 I am going to Israel and will be visiting the kosel
Summer 2012 Utensils which need kashering through hagalah
Spring 2012 Cutting the hair of the pe'os ha'rosh
Fall 2011 The bracha on hearts of palm, cranberries, sushi, Ezekiel bread and rice cakes
Summer 2011 Halachos pertaining to a kohain entering a museum
Winter 2010 Using a sleep-apnea machine on Shabbos
Fall 2010 Using a succah with canvas walls
Summer 2010 Can a child check eggs for blood spots and lettuce for insects?
Spring 2010 Using a diaper with a color-changing stripe on Shabbos
Winter 2009 Using a warming tray on Shabbos
Fall 2009 Halachos pertaining to yayin nesech
Can one send a package which will be delivered on Shabbos?
Summer 2009 Entering a non-kosher restaurant
Spring 2009 The bracha on a newly flowering tree
Winter 2008 Removing ice from an ice-maker on Shabbos
Using a hot water heater on Yom Tov
Fall 2008 Does bishul akum apply to a microwave?
Does a shed need a mezuzah?
Summer 2008 Making an image of the sun
Can a child do dental work on a parent?


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