Rav Naftoli Herzka Frankel zt”l


It is with great sadness that Matzav.com reports the passing of Rav Naftoli Herzka Frankel zt”l, a senior dayan with the Badatz of the Eidah Hachareidis in Yerushalayim.

Rav Frankel passed away at the Laniado Hospital in Netanya. He was 77 years old.

Rav Frankel had been hospitalized for eight months after suffering a stroke. He was first treated at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital and then transferred in recent months to Laniado. He was niftar in a misas neshikah with some of his children at his side.

Rav Frankel was born on 20 Tammuz תרצ”ט in Makova, Hungary, to his parents, Rav Yehoshua and Hinda Frankel. At the age of seven, his family immigrated to Eretz Yisroel, settling in Yerushalayim.

As a young man, he studied at the Dushinsky Yeshiva. When he reached the age of marriage, he married his wife, Rebbetzin Chaya Sarah, a daughter of Rav Yissocher Dov Goldstein, rov of Kehillas Chug Chasam Sofer in Yerushalayim and rosh kollel of Kollel Shomrei Hachomos.

Rav Frankel was one of the first disciples of Rav Yosef Tzvi Dushinsky. He studied under the Minchas Yitzchok, Rav Yitzchok Yaakov Weiss, gaavad of the Eidah Hachareidis, from whom he received semichah. At age 36 he was appointed as a posek with the Badatz of the Eidah Hachareidis and later became a dayan.

Rav Frankel served as gaavad of Chug Chasam Sofer and, as mentioned, as a dayan with the Badatz of the Eidah Hachareidis.

His p’sak was accepted by all kehillos and he was greatly respected for his wide-ranging knowledge and his piskei halacha, which were precise and lucid.

The most complex questions were referred to Rav Frankel, who would sit for hours and hours answering shailos of all types. He answered verbally and in writing thousands of halacha question from all over the globe. He was the author of Shu”t Imrei Binah.

Rav Frankel led his bais medrash on Rechov Chana in Yerushalayim and Bais Medrash Pressburg in the Meah Shearim neighborhood.

Rav Frankel leaves behind his rebbetzin and generations of bnei and bnos Torah. His eldest son and successor is Rav Aharon Shmuel Frankel, a dayan with Chug Chasam Sofer and the Dushinsky kehillah. His other children are Rav Menachem Mendel Frankel, Rav Yosef Tzvi Frankel, Rav Yehoshua Frankel, rav Avrohom Bentzion Frankel, Mrs. Rochel Wieder, Mrs. Esther Halberstam, Mrs. Yehudis Brocha Weiss, Mrs. Malka Toisig, Mrs. Devora Fruma Lifschutz, Mrs. Chana Zisel Englard and Mrs. Rivka Chava Deutsch.

The levayah was held today at the Sanzer Mesivta in Kiryat Sanz, Netanya, followed by a levaya at Binyanei Zupnik in Kikar Shabbos, Yerushalayim, and Bais Medrash Ohel Yisroel on Rechov Chana in Yerushalayim. Kevurah is taking place on Har Hamenuchos.

Yehi zichro boruch.

{Matzav.com Israel News}


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