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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.
Your friend gets to make her purchase and you get to rack up some points. Kosher?
Nowadays, there is really no reason why a person would prevent himself from becoming ritually impure. An exception is the male kohen, descendant of Aaron, brother of Moses.
Sacrifice One Life to Save Many?
Ethics professors often frame this conundrum as a battle between “utilitarianism” and “deontology.” What does Torah say?
While this custom is simple enough and pretty universal, its reason is far from elementary.
Universal custom is to wash before eating the karpas vegetable and again before making the hamotzi on the matzah
To get some understanding of the varying customs, let’s begin by explaining why some repeat it at all.
Rabbi David Abudraham (14th century, Spain) writes that there had been an earlier custom for children to draw a picture or write the name of Haman on wood or stones
Queen Esther petitioned the sages to have it included in Scripture. The Men of the Great Assembly then rewrote it.
At the conclusion of each of the Five Books of Moses, the congregation stands and calls out “Chazak, chazak, venitchazek!” (“Be strong, be strong, and we will be strong!”).
The exact identity of the tachash has been a matter of great speculation. Learn about its history in this well-researched article.
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