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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

  • I see that frum people go on dates to places that serve both kosher and non-kosher food. Is there any reason to worry about maris ayin when doing so?
  • Halacha Questions

  • I know that it is best to make the bracha on bread when it is still sholeim. If I am eating a slice of bread and someone else is eating a sholeim roll, is it better for me to make my own bracha or to have him be motzi me when he says his bracha on his sholeim roll?
  • Halacha Questions

  • After a recent natural disaster, I wrote a check to one of the relief funds from my maaser account. The check was never cashed, and the money was not withdrawn from my account. Am I obligated to track down the people who organized the fund, or can I use that money to donate to another tzedakah?
  • Halacha Questions

  • What is the inyan of not having clothes on your bed while you are sleeping? Why is it a problem?
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