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STAR-K CERTIFICATIONrealizes that there is no substitute for a person's own Rav. However, in today's busy and connected world many people have difficulty getting in touch with their Rabbanim when they are needed. In an effort to offer a solution to this challenge, STAR-K launched its Institute of Halachah as a public service. Over the years, the agency's Kashrus Hotline has answered more and more halachic questions beyond the scope of Kashrus information, from consumers the world over, beyond the standard steady stream of inquiries regarding the kosher status of foods and certified Sabbath mode appliances which has made the STAR-K Kosher Hotline famous. The formation of a separate official division within STAR-K testifies to the need for addressing these issues.

The Institute of Halachah is directed by HaRav Mordechai Frankel, under the guidance of HaRav Moshe Heinemann, STAR-K's Rabbinic Administrator. It is an invaluable resource for a diverse array of rabbis to discuss general halachic matters, as well as gain access to source materials for shiurim and answers to congregants' questions.

Shailos may emailed using the form below, or called into the Institute of Halacha at 410-484-4110 x238. Rabbi Frankel or on occasion another STAR-K Rabbi will respond to your email or return your call if you leave a message and phone number.
Previously Asked Questions
Comments or questions regarding these answers can be emailed to halacha@star-k.org. Only generic questions and answers are posted here. All sensitive questions and answers are kept strictly private.
  • Halacha Questions

  • I live in Israel, and can purchase fresh beef, chicken and turkey liver in the grocery store. I know how to kasher the liver. Although I trust the shechitah, I don't always trust the folks behind the meat counter regarding how long the unfrozen meat has sat in the refrigerator since slaughter. Here's my question: Is it permissible lechatchila to purchase this meat (which I can't confirm was within 72 hours of slaughter) exclusively for chopped liver (i.e., no additional cooking of any kind after kashering)?
  • Halacha Questions

  • I saw in an article about hafroshas challah that Rav Heinemann holds that one should not make a bracha when taking challah from pas haba'ah bekisnin (cake and cookies). I would appreciate an explanation for this pasak halacha.
  • Halacha Questions

  • I have a Shabbat shaila: I forgot if we are permitted to read recipes on Shabbat or not.
  • Halacha Questions

  • I saw on your website that a person who is travelling is allowed to buy hot drinks (tea or coffee) in a disposable cup from a non-kosher store. How about a place which only has non-disposable glass cups? Are they the same as disposable cups, or is that different?
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