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Yehuda Shurpin

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The unusual history of the kneidel
Known in Yiddish as a kneidel, the matzo ball has become a staple in many Ashkenazic Jewish homes. Here's why.
Our sages tell us that the Jews count based on the moon and are compared to the moon.
Placing some earth from Israel in the coffin helps the soul find some measure of forgiveness and is related to the resurrection of the dead.
An in-depth read on the heroic defiance of a Jewish leader
The defiance of Mordechai as he refuses to bow to Haman is a pivotal moment in the Purim story. All the king’s servants who were in the king’s gate would kneel and prostrate themselves before Haman, for so had the king commanded concerning him, but Mordec...
Addressing the practice from an ethical and halachic perspective
Find out Jewish law and perspective on the loaded issue of shorting stocks
The Torah tells the people of Israel to destroy idols. How about museum pieces that have historical significance?
When did Tu Bishvat become a thing, and why specifically now?
On the mitzvah of peter chamor, “redeeming the firstborn donkey”
Many are familiar with the mitzvah of pidyon haben, redeeming the firstborn son on the thirtieth day of his life. Exodus 13:2. Additionally, there is the related mitzvah that the firstborn male offspring of any kosher domesticated mammal (cows, sheep, goa...
The name Alexander is unique in that its origin is definitely not Jewish.
How about if the victims are not traceable, or if there are too many of them?
When I was a young teenager, I shoplifted small items from a number of stores. I’m trying to make amends now by returning the stolen items or paying for them. However, (a) I’m way too embarrassed to tell the store owners that I stole from them, and (b) I ...
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