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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.
What About the Yeshivah of Shem and Eber?
One doesn’t have to look hard to find individuals who recognized and served “the one G‑d.”
Throughout history, Jews have been called the “People of the Book” (or “Am HaSefer”) by both Jews and non-Jews.
That’s a great question, one that makes perfect sense to an American Jew, since burial in a simple casket is de rigueur among those who follow Jewish tradition here in the US. You may be surprised to learn that I recently fielded an entirely different que...
Is Ishmael (Yishmael) a Jewish Name?
Don't we have a custom not to name a child after a wicked person?
He is very protective of his privacy, but not wise enough to navigate the world of social media on his own.
Ezra also instituted that there be an additional communal reading every Shabbat during the afternoon Minchah service. Here's why . . .
Many of the letters are topped by small spikes, called tagin or ketarim. Here is why.
The earliest known source for specifically going around seven times is Rabbi Yitzchak Luria, the Arizal (1534-1572). But he provides no source.
Passover is the "Season of Our Liberation," Shavuot is the "Season of the Giving of Our Torah" and Sukkot is described simply as the "Season of Our Rejoicing!"
Contrary to what one may expect, Kol Nidre is neither flowery nor inspiring (at first blush).
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