Throughout this site, there are directives to ask your local Rabbi. Over here are some excellent answers that explain why one should ask a Rabbi.

But how does one go about finding a Rabbi to ask? Let's assume for now that it is a good thing to have a Rabbi one can ask questions to. However, if one does not have a Rabbi, how should they go and find one?

  • Related, but asking about a mentor rather than an authority on questions of Jewish law: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/47398
    – LN6595
    Mar 31, 2016 at 14:47
  • 2
    (re your comment) You're supposed to ask your mentor questions of Jewish law. Once an answer here indicates as much, the rest can simply be "go see judaism.stackexchange.com/q/47398 ". I think therefore that this should be closed as a duplicate of that.
    – msh210
    Mar 31, 2016 at 14:59
  • 2
  • FWIW - I can't speak for the majority or even a significant percentage of others. But, I ask many questions here even though I have a rabbi. Sometimes, I want a different view. Sometimes, it's a question that I intrinsically know is not my rabbi's expertise. E.g., many technology questions are not within my rabbis expertise area. If I get an answer here, it gives me "fodder" for my rabbi to explore further.
    – DanF
    Mar 31, 2016 at 15:49
  • godaven.com finds you synagogues-- where there is a synagogue, there is (generally) a Rabbi.
    – user9907
    Mar 31, 2016 at 16:07

1 Answer 1


It depends on were you live and the type of person that you are. It also depends on the types of questions that you are asking. Many people choose a shul based on a rabbi that they are able to ask. Others will ask their rebbe to suggest who to get in touch with. I know someone whose chavrusa became a rav and who uses him. Some people will ask the rabbi of their shul who he relies on for difficult questions and will use the shul rav for the "simple" questions (such as kashrus). Some people approach the rabbi of their shul because they know that he will send the question on "up the chain" if it is out of his range of expertise.

Some rabbonim are reluctant to get involved with certain types of questions and will reccomend someone to whom to have the questions referred. Some will not answer themselves but will expand the question and call it in themselves.

You should speak to your local rabbi and ask him what he thinks. He will not be insulted, but will answer you seriously and to the best of his ability. If you are in an isolated area and there is no rabbi, then you can call the nearest community for help.

Sometimes calling a central location such as the OU or Yeshiva University or the RCA or Chabad can get you the names of people in your area. For example, a rabbi who has retired may be willing and able to answer questions while not having a congregation. Sometimes a person who has semicha from a Yeshiva who does not "go into rabbanus" will have his name available for consultation.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .