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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 is the reason behind this rule? Here are some of the explanations found in classic sources,
The sages outline the number of aliyot for the Torah reading based on the uniqueness of the day on which the Torah is read.
Here is what you need to know about how the cost of living can be calculated against certain gains, lowering your rate of maaser.
Traditions vary from the moment of conception or 40 days thereafter, to various childhood milestones. They can be synthesized by understanding the nature of our two souls.
The custom of not learning Scripture at night is sourced in the Midrash and boldered by the teachings of Kabbalah.
Eve had just one commandment: not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge. Yet she ate and invited Adam to do the same. The classic commentators discuss why she ever listened to the snake.
The Mishnah analogizes rain on Sukkot to a servant who comes to pour wine for his master, and the master pours a jug of water in his face. Here is what this means for those of us who experience rain almost every Sukkot
The widespread custom is to dip the challah and then an apple into honey on Rosh Hashanah. However, select Sephardic communities have the custom to specifically use sugar.
A Practical Guide to Israeli Produce Outside of Israel
Before partaking in produce grown in the Holy Land, one must separate tithes. Here is how it is done nowadays.
When a man dies without children, there is a mitzvah for his brother and widow to marry. If they don’t want, there is an alternative called chalitzah.
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