Ask the Rabbi

STAR-K realizes 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 [email protected]. Only generic questions and answers are posted here. All sensitive questions and answers are kept strictly private.
  • Halacha Questions

  • Is it permitted to listen to music on a yahrzeit?
  • Halacha Questions

  • Can one use essential oils for besamim in Havdala?
  • Halacha Questions

  • Is the minimum amount of dough needed for hafrashas challah equal for wheat, barley, spelt, oats and rye?
  • Halacha Questions

  • Due to the dwindling size of our shul we have moved into a smaller space and are now looking to sell the old building. We have a potential buyer who will like to use the space for residential housing. No one in the shul who was around when the building was bought remembers if any sort of tenai or condition was made about being able to sell the building. Can we sell the building?
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