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Yehuda Shurpin

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A noted scholar and researcher, Rabbi Yehuda Shurpin serves as content editor at Chabad.org, and writes the popular weekly Ask Rabbi Y column. Rabbi Shurpin is the rabbi of the Chabad Shul in St. Louis Park, Minn., where he resides with his wife, Ester, and their children.
Historically, many communities traditionally included in their bylaws that they would only accept married candidates as their rabbis. Why?
Guidelines for making the blessing on new fruits
There are a number of times during the year, such as the second day of Rosh Hashanah (and, for some, the 15th of Shevat), when it is customary to eat a fruit that just came into season, which necessitates the celebratory blessing of shehecheyanu. Today, w...
With the exception of very few and specific communities, we don’t find that Jews eat locusts—and it doesn’t just have to do with taste.
This commentary on the Mishnah is labeled “Gemara,” but this does not seem to have always been the case.
Many of the great sages in the Talmud would dance and do all sorts of tricks to entertain the couple.
This seems strange, since the sages place great significance on a person’s name.
There is a prevalent custom for boys to read the weekly Torah portion when they become a bar mitzvah. Here's why.
An underlying theme of Chanukah (and Chanukah gelt) is Jewish education.
From fire and brimstone to the rise of the Chassidic movement
A maggid is a title most commonly held by preachers who flourished in Poland and Russia during the 17th and 18th centuries, most notably the Maggid of Mezrich.
There are two general reasons given in the Talmud Talmud, Shabbat 21b. for why we add a candle each night: 1) To indicate which night of Chanukah it is. 2) In matters of holiness, we always want to ascend rather than descend. Many point out that there are...
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