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Yehuda Shurpin

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Rabbi Yehuda Shurpin responds to questions for Chabad.org's Ask the Rabbi service.
Even if the Torah forbids a food, one is still permitted to eat kosher food artificially flavored to taste like it. However, if it closely resembles the non-kosher food, it may be necessary to mark it as an imitation.
With the death of the latter prophets Chagai, Zechariah and Malachi, “the spirit of prophecy departed.”
Taxes have always been a very divisive issue. In fact, taxes are what split Israel into two kingdoms during biblical times.
The custom is attributed to Rabbi Yehuda Hachassid (“the pious”), 1150-1217.
The earliest mention of this custom seems to have been made by Rabbi Maimon ben Joseph, father of Maimonides.
The word has become synonymous with the small band of Jewish freedom fighters who freed Judea from the Syrian-Greek occupiers…
Traditionally, the chatan (groom) is honored with an aliyah at the Torah on the Shabbat before his wedding. This is known as an aufruf, Yiddish for “calling up.”
The sages of the Talmud take it as a given that tefillin are put on the left arm (or the right arm of a lefty) and offer several reasons…
The first, and perhaps the most famous, twins in the Bible are Jacob and Esau. The only other set is Peretz and Zerach.
Tearing garments upon the death of a close relative, "keriah" in Hebrew, dates back to biblical times.
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