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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.
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?
On the “custom” of throwing bread into the water on Rosh Hashanah
Contrary to what some believe, feeding the fish is not part of the Tashlich ritual.
Nefilat Apayim in Tachnun
It looks almost as if everyone is taking a short nap. What’s up with that?
The Zohar states that the secret reason for the mitzvah of tefillin can be found within the verse, “And they shall make Me a sanctuary and I will dwell among them.”
What about Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri, that are capable of recording conversations taking place around them?
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