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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
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  • Halacha Questions

  • Is one allowed to wear a necklace which has the Hebrew words ?ani l?dodi v'dodi li? on it, and can one bring it into the bathroom? Should the jewelers even be making such a necklace, as they know that people are going to wear it in the bathroom?
  • Halacha Questions

  • May one use illegal drugs? If not, may one buy them and give them to a friend who does use them? May one sell drugs?
  • Halacha Questions

  • I recently purchased a Wahl hair clipper. When I use it around my ears, I want to make sure that I leave my peyos ha?rosh long enough and don?t cut too close. The clipper comes with different sizes of guide-combs. Should I use the 1 or the 2?
  • Halacha Questions

  • What is the brocha on pancakes?
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