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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.
It was scorching hot this past Shabbat, and we were wondering if we were allowed to go swimming in the nearby lake to cool ourselves off. What is the halachah?
Why was it originally written in Aramaic, not Hebrew? And why is it still written in that language today?
Why are mourning practices suspended in the afternoon, the very time the Holy Temple was actually set on fire?
How did King David know where to build the Holy Temple?
Despite your best efforts, you’re carrying an item while walking on Shabbat. So what do you do?
Was it on the 9th or 17th of Tammuz?
According to some, this confusion goes back to the time when the walls were breached and the Temple was destroyed.
Contrary to popular misconception, the rabbis were not afraid that a piece of chicken has the same appearance as a piece of meat
What does this psalm have to do with the Rebbe and why are people still reciting it after he passed away?
Although you cannot tell from the translations, if you look at a Torah scroll, certain letters are written larger or smaller than the rest of the letters. These letters have been carefully copied by scribes in a chain of tradition Mishneh Torah, Hilchot S...
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