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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.
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.
Due to fears of the coronavirus, I was thinking of staying home . . .
There is a persistent myth that children should begin fasting on the three fasts before their bar/bat mitzvah, no earlier and no later.
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.
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