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There are some times on this site where questioners will be directed to "ask their Rabbi." While it's always optimal to have such people discuss the question with their own Rabbi (and such action should be stressed), there are times when people either don't actually have a Rabbi [yikes], or are embarrassed to ask such questions to their own Rabbi.

What are some useful and reliable websites to get practical Rabbinic advice?

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Aren't you afraid of promoting seriously non-ideal methods of getting pesak? –  Isaac Moses Jun 15 '11 at 19:04
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@Issac are websites like askmoses that bad? –  yydl Jun 15 '11 at 19:05
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@yydl askmoses, in particular, actually does not provide pesak. They are careful to only answer in general terms. For those who do, isn't it seriously non-ideal to get pesak from a rabbi who doesn't know you, via one-message-each communication? I suppose embarrassing topics could be a worthwhile area for this, given the inherent issues associated with talking to a rabbi whom one knows, and that a possible entry for that could be yoatzot.org/ask.php –  Isaac Moses Jun 15 '11 at 19:11
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Before we get carried away with resorting to innovative methods of eliciting p'sak I think the emphatic pronoun in the question deserves some elaboration. Although this whole discussion is based on the famous words of Y'hoshu'a ben P'rachya to "make yourself a teacher", my understanding is that we interpret this directive practically as allowing for (or preferring) making multiple decisors for oneself - to pertain to particular areas of expertise. . . –  WAF Jun 15 '11 at 21:26
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. . .In selecting one's rav, one considers the degree of comfort one will have in asking for practical advice from that person. If that threshhold is reached for most questions, but not all, then it behooves the person to find a rav who is both expert and comfortable in the neglected area, without violating the aforementioned instruction. –  WAF Jun 15 '11 at 21:31

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For all sh'eilos, if one does not have a personal rav, or one's rav is not available, Star-K initiated the "Institute of Halacha", run by R' Mordechai Frankel of Baltimore and endorsed by R' Moshe Heinemann. Questions may be emailed or called in during certain hours. See here for email address and phone number.

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That's quite generous of them. –  Isaac Moses Jun 16 '11 at 18:48
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the cRc also provides such a service: crcweb.org/answers_to_shaalos.php –  Curiouser Jun 20 '11 at 18:20
    
@curiouser perhaps add that as its own answer –  HodofHod Dec 26 '11 at 0:34

One may ask questions of well-known dati leumi posek Rav Shlomo Aviner by emailing his assistant at toratravaviner@yahoo.com. The assistant always answers questions (after asking the question to the Rav).

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There is a relatively new website (soon to be app) set up for this specific reason (a user friendly system for a quick response to halachic or any torah questions that a Jew might have) here is a brief summary of the goals of this website:

Do these situations sound familiar?

You did not know the correct Bracha... Your husband mixed up the milchig and fleishig dishes (again!)... You had a question that you didn't feel comfortable asking someone who knows you... You feel guilty "bothering" the Rabbi with your "simple questions" all the time...

Too often, many of us will convince ourselves that we THINK we know the correct thing to do and that we are PROBABLY right.

Pocketrabbi.com is taking your Orthodox Jewish observance to the next level by making sure that you never again have to act as your own Rabbi when you don't know what to do, and that NONE of the questions that you have related to Judaism go unanswered.

check it out:

www.pocketrabbi.com

www.facebook.com/PocketRabbi

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Halachipedia (Rabbi Yitzchok Levy of Lakewood answers questions): http://www.halachipedia.com/index.php?title=Ask_the_Rabbi

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they don't have an ask the rabbi service anymore –  Matt Jul 22 at 13:23

For Yeshivas Rabbenu Yitzchak Elchanan (RIETS/YU) alumni and RCA members only there is a very reliable responsa service on http://rabbanan.org

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For those who want to ask in Russian, both halacha and hashkafa, as well as personal relationships:

  • www.toldot.ru - Toldot Yeshurun, a network of very knowledgeable Russian rabbanim, including R' Asher Kushnir and R' Reuven Kuklin. They also often bring in family psychologists to answer the questions as well. They guarantee your question will be addressed by someone.
  • www.evrey.com - R' Eliyahu Essas
  • 7:40 - R' Isroel Zelman, seems to me that all questions are answered as well, sometimes with a slight time delay.
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Thank you for these additions. Do you have personal experience with these sites? Do you read Russian? –  Monica Cellio Dec 27 '12 at 22:56
    
@MonicaCellio Yes, I have experience with the first two, and know R' Zelman personally, as well as some rabbeim from Toldot, as well as some talmidim of R' Essas... Russian is my mother tongue... –  gt6989b Dec 28 '12 at 15:45
    
Great, thanks for the further information! –  Monica Cellio Dec 28 '12 at 21:25
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  • Rabimeir.com (you can go to the Shu"t section on the menu - but you have to ask in Hebrew) - HaGaon HaRav Meir Eliyahu Shelit"a

  • Doresh-tzion.co.il (you can go to shu"t behalacha section on the side menu - but you have to ask in Hebrew) this is the Q&A of HaGaon HaRav Bentzion Mutzafi Shlit"a (a Posek)

  • Kisse-r.co.il - Answered by staff members at the esteemed Kisse Rahamim Yeshiva in Bene Berak headed by HaGaon HaRav Meir Mazuz Shelti"a (a Posek); occasionally he will answer the questions.

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http://revach.net/ask/ but they don't always answer every question.

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The Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation has a number you can call with halachic questions relating to sh'mirat halashon, or proper speech. It's 718-951-3696, and it's available from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

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Hello G Moses, and welcome to Judaism.SE! Thanks for the topic-specific recommendation. –  WAF Aug 16 '11 at 1:32
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Is that eastern time? (I'm guessing, based on the area code.) –  msh210 Aug 16 '11 at 4:23

In Israel, there are a few resources. Eretz Hemdah is one in English and they refer difficult questions to senior poskim.

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Personally I've had trouble understanding the English in some of their replies in the past; maybe it's a lost-in-translation thing. –  Shalom Aug 16 '11 at 1:43
    
I work at Eretz Hemdah and would be happy to clarify if something is not clear. –  Ofer Livnat Oct 30 '13 at 13:01

http://www.aish.com/atr/

http://www.dinonline.org/ask-the-rabbi/

http://www.chabad.org/asktherabbi/default_cdo/jewish/Ask-the-Rabbi.htm

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Din Online is from one of the best. They have an amazing group of Talmidei Chachamim there to help with all the shailos. –  Yehoshua Dec 27 '12 at 20:17

For Choshen Mishpat and ribis questions, I've had the Business Halacha Institute recommended to me. It has an ask-the-rabbi service (via e-mail or, I think, phone) it calls "Halacha Hotline".

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