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 refreshments almost always include chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and beer. To understand why, we need to understand the main reasons behind the shalom zachor.
The Jewish people have never stopped studying Torah, regardless of whether we’ve lived in times of prosperity or persecution . . .
People love to joke about the many ways to pronounce and spell Chanukah. But what does chanukah actually mean?
At the start of the chuppah marriage ceremony, it is customary for the bride to circle the groom counterclockwise (three or) seven times.
To understand why, we first need to examine why we wash our hands in the first place.
Many have the custom to simply make the time and place known, without inviting anyone in particular to attend. Here's why.
Mourners partake of a special meal, visitors bring a steady stream of food, and some have the custom not to remove food from the shivah home.
Space travel presents its own unique challenges to the Jewish astronaut: How can one procure kosher space food, as well as all the other necessities of Jewish life? How does one face Jerusalem when praying in orbit? However, the greatest challenge of all ...
What exactly are we saying? I can understand blessing people, but does G‑d, the Creator and Master of all, really need our blessing?
Although many see the rainbow as a beautiful symbol of peace, its biblical origin is not all that positive. Let’s take a look.
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