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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.
Contrary to what one may expect, Kol Nidre is neither flowery nor inspiring (at first blush).
The term itself predates the Chassidic movement and seems pretentious and presumptuous, to say the least.
Due to the pandemic, I’m currently unable to attend service. Can I fulfill this custom by listening to the shofar over Zoom?
It was scorching hot this past Shabbat, and we were wondering if we were allowed to go swimming in the nearby lake to cool ourselves off. What is the halachah?
Why was it originally written in Aramaic, not Hebrew? And why is it still written in that language today?
Why are mourning practices suspended in the afternoon, the very time the Holy Temple was actually set on fire?
How did King David know where to build the Holy Temple?
Despite your best efforts, you’re carrying an item while walking on Shabbat. So what do you do?
Was it on the 9th or 17th of Tammuz?
According to some, this confusion goes back to the time when the walls were breached and the Temple was destroyed.
Contrary to popular misconception, the rabbis were not afraid that a piece of chicken has the same appearance as a piece of meat
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