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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.
And what to do with packages that arrive
Now that online shopping is becoming a necessity, the question arises: Is it permitted to place an order that is supposed to be delivered on Shabbat?
Join Rabbis Yehuda Shurpin and Menachem Posnerr as they discuss archane Lag BaOmer customs, coronavirus and other interesting stuff.
Here are the reasons pro and con as well as the bottom line.
The earliest mention of this custom is found in a letter written by Rabbi Ovadia of Bertinoro (c. 1445–c. 1515), known for his classic commentary on the Mishnah.
Discover the historical and mystical reason why this is the only holiday observance that can be made up one month later.
In this new era of COVID-19, when virtually all synagogues are closed, many are tempted to say the Kaddish even while alone.
According to many historians, the disease known as leprosy did not exist in the Middle East in the times of the Torah.
Would they be included in the kitniyot ban?
On Passover, Jews of Ashkenazic descent (and some Sefardic communities as well) do not eat anything that is considered “kitniyot.” Does this include the peanut?
Let’s take a look at epidemics throughout history to gain some insight into how Jews were affected and how leaders responded.
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