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Yehuda Shurpin

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Rabbi Yehuda Shurpin responds to questions for Chabad.org's Ask the Rabbi service.
Why does a Torah scroll have two poles or rollers, while the Megillah (Book of Esther), which is also read from a scroll of parchment, only has one rollers (or none at all)?
The 24 books of the Bible were canonized by the Anshei Knesset Hagedolah. Any later works are not considered Divinely inspired.
The Paschal lamb was consumed on the evening of Iyar 15, but the custom is to eat matzah on Iyar 14. Why?
The terms “four holy cities of Israel” or “four lands of life” refer to Jerusalem, Hebron, Safed and Tiberias.
In theory, if we could identify the 24 classes of birds listed in the Torah, we could eat any bird not on this list…
Whether or not such wheat will ever be developed, your question is a fascinating one!
On a basic level, that is exactly why we do it—so you should ask the question “why?”
Your question is quite a serious one, and unfortunately it has been posed many times throughout our tragic history. Here is how one rabbi answered.
A heifer is simply a fancy name for a young cow that hasn’t yet borne a calf. And the red is not ruby red.
How could they use impure animals for the holiest of places?
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