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Rabbi Yehuda Shurpin responds to questions for Chabad.org's Ask the Rabbi service.
Even if a pickle jar is marked as containing “kosher pickles,” it does not necessarily mean that the pickles are actually kosher to eat.
And why do we give charity in his name?
In a time of need, some have the custom to give charity for Israel (called tzedakah of Rabbi Meir Baal Haness) and pray, “G‑d of Rabbi Meir, answer me!”
Over the years, many have asked the Rebbe, why he—a staunch supporter of Israel—never moved there or even visited. Here is how the Rebbe responded.
While an action may be halachically permitted, it may not be in keeping with the spirit of Shabbat and is therefore avoided.
Good question. There is a mitzvah in the Torah for a kohen to bless the Jewish people every day with upraised hands. This is called Birkat Kohanim (“Blessing of the Priests”) or Nesiat Kapaim (“Raising the Palms”). This mitzvah is not restricted to Temple...
The main source for this erroneous image seems to come from Christian art during the Renaissance . . .
Why don’t the rabbis know where it is?
I’ve seen lots of theories about the location of Mount Sinai. Is there any validity to those theories? I know that Judaism reveres the Temple Mount as the site of the Holy Temple, but is there any location that Judaism reveres or at least recognizes as Mo...
Kabbalah is the ancient Jewish mystical tradition that provides insight into the essence of G‑d, His relationship with the world, and how the Torah and its mitzvahs deepen that connection.
“Six thousand years is the world, and it is in ruins one [thousand], as it is stated: ‘The L‑rd alone shall be exalted on that day’”
But how about men immersing regularly in a mikvah? There are two primary reasons why, even nowadays, many men immerse.
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