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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

  • We generally cook food on Friday and then transfer it to the oven just before Shabbos starts, with the oven set to turn off at the beginning of the meal. My son-in-law questioned that. Is there any problem with this?
  • Halacha Questions

  • I have an expensive set of crystal glasses, but over the years some of them have unfortunately broken. The website replacements.com has them available but cannot tell me for sure if they are new or purchased from an estate and possibly used. What is the halacha regarding crystal? Can I kashering them for use?
  • Halacha Questions

  • I recently went to a homeopathic healer who was able to help my children for physical symptoms in an hour session, while conventional medicine was dismissive and unhelpful for over a month. I was later questioned by a family member whether it is allowed. The healer prescribed one dose of a homeopathic nosode (a preparation created from substances secreted in the course of a disease, used in the treatment of that disease). One of my children was fine the same day. My other child’s pain persisted, so she did a few sessions which involved coaching and therapy type of talk, and after that everything was fine.
  • Halacha Questions

  • My daughter got married and had a child, and then got divorced. Is she obligated al pi halacha to still cover her hair?
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