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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.
Over the centuries, many customs have evolved with regard to the children’s celebrations on Simchat Torah. In 18th-century artwork, children are depicted marching with lit candles. Many old-timers recall the custom for children to carry a candle stuck int...
The holiday is celebrated with materials typically left on a threshing floor or winepress, such as straw, stalks, and reeds.
Customarily, those whose parents are still living leave the sanctuary for the duration of this short prayer. Why?
On the “custom” of throwing bread into the water on Rosh Hashanah
Contrary to what some believe, feeding the fish is not part of the Tashlich ritual.
Nefilat Apayim in Tachnun
It looks almost as if everyone is taking a short nap. What’s up with that?
The Zohar states that the secret reason for the mitzvah of tefillin can be found within the verse, “And they shall make Me a sanctuary and I will dwell among them.”
What about Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri, that are capable of recording conversations taking place around them?
The manna (in Hebrew, מן, which is more accurately transliterated as mon) was the miraculous edible substance that fell each day from heaven during the 40-year period between the Exodus and the conquest of Israel, providing our ancestors with sustenance t...
Why Is Deuteronomy 5 Different From Exodus 20?
In a strange twist, there are some significant differences between the original text in Exodus and the repeat recorded in Deuteronomy. The rabbis explained why.
This title was given to the political head of the (at times) semi-autonomous Jewish community in Babylon, who traced his lineage to King David.
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