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Yehuda Shurpin

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Rabbi Yehuda Shurpin responds to questions for Chabad.org's Ask the Rabbi service.
But how about men immersing regularly in a mikvah? There are two primary reasons why, even nowadays, many men immerse.
The name is based on the verse in Psalms, “Bind [the] festival [offering] with cords to the corners of the altar.”
The Talmud tells us that when the kohanim would stand on the platform (duchan) in the Temple and bless the Jewish people using G‑d’s ineffable name, the Divine Presence would rest above the joints of their fingers. It was therefore said that if one looked...
The Midrash connects the seven days of Passover to the seven days of the week. But, why?
Why isn’t Moses part of the Haggadah’s Exodus narrative?
The Talmud gives several reasons, which serve as the basis for the recipe and texture of this Passover paste.
Why do we give a haf-shekel to charity, and why is it done on Taanit Esther?
A friend of mine recently got a red string that she wears as a bracelet to ward off an ayin hara (evil eye). Is there any source for this in Judaism, and should I wear one as well? Reply As I discussed in What Is the Meaning of the Evil Eye?, there are in...
Most communities use six different kinds of trope throughout the year…
Do Detergents Require a Kosher Certification?
One common misconception is that if something is kosher, then it must be healthy to eat.
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