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.
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.
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.
Where Is the Garden of Eden located? Learn the literal as well as esoteric answer to this age-old question.
Many, including Chabad, prefer “Calabria etrogim,” grown on the southern Italian coast in the region of Calabria. Why are these etrogim so prized?
Jonah wasn’t some average Joe who decided to go his own way and not to listen to G-d. Why then did he disobey?
The word “Machzor” has come to refer to a prayerbook specifically for the High Holidays.
The Torah prohibits a Jew from borrowing, lending or being a party to a transaction that involves charging another Jew interest.
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