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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.
Yizkor is recited four times a year: on the last day of Passover, on the second day of Shavuot, on Shemini Atzeret and Yom Kippur.
Your Lag BaOmer section has no mention of the wars Bar Kochba waged against the Romans! Why?
When it comes to the complex and sensitive topic of using genetic engineering to produce offspring with specific characteristics, it is important to bear in mind that there are many medical techniques and methods referred to as “genetic engineering,” as w...
I saw that a Jewish organization will be built with “Jerusalem stone.” What exactly is it and is there a custom to specifically use Jerusalem stone?
There is a commonly held belief that where a fish lives determines whether it is kosher. Is this the case?
The Torah tells us, “For seven days, you shall eat unleavened bread . . .” Do we take that at face value?
From when do we count and why we count at all
I read that matzahs for Passover need to be baked within an 18-minute timeframe. Why is that? Who came up with that magic number? And when do the 18 minutes start? Reply On Passover, there is both a mitzvah to eat matzah and a prohibition against eating a...
The unusual history of the kneidel
Known in Yiddish as a kneidel, the matzo ball has become a staple in many Ashkenazic Jewish homes. Here's why.
Our sages tell us that the Jews count based on the moon and are compared to the moon.
Placing some earth from Israel in the coffin helps the soul find some measure of forgiveness and is related to the resurrection of the dead.
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