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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.
In the past, only one mourner was honored with the task of saying Kaddish, which makes sense
The sages in the Talmud tell us to “always set the table after Shabbat even to eat small amount of food." Here's why.
At one point in Jewish history, some had the custom to wear black as a sign of mourning. What changed?
One of the highest honors at a brit milah (Jewish circumcision) is holding the baby on one’s lap
The mystical origins of the 'Vach Nacht'
The custom can be traced back to the Zohar, where we read that the sages stayed up learning Torah the night before a circumcision.
Throughout the ages, the location of Noah’s Ark has been a subject of fascination, with some even claiming to have found it.
Part of what makes this so shocking is that it seems to come out of nowhere.
Many old-timers recall the custom for children to carry a candle stuck into an apple on top of a flag.
The holiday is celebrated with materials typically left on a threshing floor or winepress, such as straw, stalks, and reeds.
Customarily, those whose parents are still living leave the sanctuary for the duration of this short prayer. Why?
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