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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 so many customs? How did it all develop?
Dear Friend, Imagine you were a 40-year-old poor illiterate shepherd who found it very difficult to learn. Let’s say you were inspired by the steady drip-drop of water making a growing hole in a hard rock and went off to learn Torah. After 24 years, you b...
The Western Wall is one of the four walls that supported the Temple Mount. Why is it considered more special than the other three, all of which are clearly visible?
I recently started attending synagogue services on a regular basis. After we pray the Amidah silently, the chazzan (cantor) repeats it word for word. Why?
Why do we make such a big deal about this tragedy in particular?
The short and simple answer is that another name for matzah is lechem oni—“poor man's bread” or “bread of poverty.”
I’m having lots of guests from very different backgrounds over for the Seder, and I don’t want people to have to stay out too late.
I know all about the reasons for the matzah and maror (bitter herbs), but why an egg?
Is there a real reason we are still missing this vital part of the Passover celebration?
The Bible states that Passover is on the 14th of Nissan, yet the Jewish calendar shows Passover starting the following night!
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