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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

  • What is done on Shabbos if all the members of a minyan are kohanim? How is the calling up done? And what is done if on a Shabbos there is minyan with let’s say eight kohanim, one levi and one yisrael? Is there a general rule or a formula?
  • Halacha Questions

  • Is one supposed to make brachos while standing or sitting? For instance, does one need to stand for the bracha of asher yotzar?
  • Halacha Questions

  • I've always had an "egg pot", but I see that other people don’t do that. Does one need to have a dedicated "egg pot"? Does one need to cook eggs in odd numbers? Also, do eggs need a hashgacha for Pesach or any other time of the year?
  • Halacha Questions

  • Can one eat cut-up fruit in non-kosher hotels?
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