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Yehuda Shurpin

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Rabbi Yehuda Shurpin responds to questions for Chabad.org's Ask the Rabbi service.
I could really use the extra cash, I was planning on offering an early-bird special: Customers can get a discount if they pay in advance . . .
Ketav Ivri vs. Ketav Ashurit
I recently read about some ancient writings that were in a script called Proto-Hebrew, which the Jews supposedly used to write in before the current Hebrew script.
The Significance of the Shiv'at Haminim
This isn’t just a flowery verse. These seven species are specifically connected to the Land of Israel . . .
Before addressing this question, let’s recount a story that underscores the importance of a mourner reciting Kaddish and reading the haftarah throughout the year of mourning.
Can the government take private property?
Let’s start with the classic definition of eminent domain, which is first mentioned in the Book of Samuel.
If yes, how and why does it work?
The answer seems simple enough: The Torah itself references witchcraft . . .
On the difference between Sepharadic and Ashkenazic pronunciation
My Sepharadi friends celebrate Shabbat, and my Ashkenazi friends call it Shabbos. The Sepharadim call a groom a chatan, and the Ashkenazim refer to him as a chosson. To bolster their claim, the Sepharadim evoke modern Hebrew pronunciation, which follows t...
Although current relations between Jews and some Arabic-speaking countries are a bit strained, to say the least, it was not always so.
The Talmud explains that as a very general rule, Hallel is recited on days that are called a mo’ed (holiday) in the Torah . . .
Despite the depiction of the Temple menorah on the Arch of Titus, Chabad makes a point of depicting the menorah with straight, diagonal branches. Why?
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