Questions related to how Judaism regards or relates to the Christian religion or its followers.

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How is the Jewish understanding of the sinful soul of mankind different from the concept of “original sin”?

I came upon an answer today that caused me to pause. The question asked, "Why do all women deserve to suffer for one woman's sin?" The answer began by summarizing Ariza"l: both Adam and Chava's ...
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Is the title: “New” Testament offensive to Jews? Alternative neutral name?

Having lived in Israel during several periods of my life, I know that the words "Old" in the "Old Testament" and "New" in the "New Testament" are offensive to many Jews. From what I understand, it's ...
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Birkat Kohanim for a Kohen who was very far from Judaism and decided to be a good Jew

Can a Kohen baal Teshuva who was previously not religious and married to a Christian woman perform birkas kohanim? How to deal with the fact that pursuing his truth research he was previously in ...
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Rabbinical student married to a Christian receive his smicha [closed]

Can an Orthodox Jew who has been married for ten years to a Christian wife still become a rabbi?
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Pokemon Go and Churches

This is intended to be an academic question. All practical halachic questions should be decided based on a consult with your local Orthodox rabbi. Pokemon Go is a new game for smartphones where you ...
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Pre- vs. Post-1960s Catholicism's views on Judaism [migrated]

Why did the Catholic Church change its views regarding Judaism at the 1960s (spec. at the Second Vatican Council with its document Nostræ Ætate)?
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What was wrong with the word Talmud?

The Wikipedia article on The Talmud says: and Pope Pius IV commanded, in 1565, that the Talmud be deprived of its very name. The convention of referring to the work as "Shas" (shishah sidre ...
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Is it acceptable for a Gentile to attend a service at a Synagogue without intent of conversion?

I'm a practicing Christian getting my master's degree in education, and one of my classes (cultural foundations of education) calls for me to spend time in a culture other than my own. I have a ...
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A cryptic Seder HaDoros regarding to the year of Jesus' birth

Regarding the year of Jesus' birth, it says in Seder HaDoros (Year 3724) that the year 3724 and the year (3)532 are really the same. What in the world does he mean? Its in the first column first ...
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What to do with the Cross on the Chess King?

Many (perhaps most) Chess sets come with a King piece that has a cross on the top of it. Is there any problem with owning or using such a chess set? Should one break off the cross?
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Should the Christian cross be seen as an idol?

As Christianity is Avodah Zarah, is a Christian cross which people kiss, pay respect to, and face toward when praying, considered to be an idol? Here is a brief excerpt from a scholarly Christian ...
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Is Christianity Avodah Zara?

It is commonly accepted that Islam is not Avodah Zarah (idolatry) since Islam has a clear monotheistic theology with a belief in Allah that parallels our view of "kail" or Hashem. It is even ...
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How did the Sanhedrin sentence Jesus to death? [closed]

Under what charges was Jesus sentenced to the death penalty under the Sanhedrin?
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What sin did Jesus do? [duplicate]

I know Christians believe that Jesus is God and that's kind of a no-no in Judaism. The thing is, Jesus himself did not say he is God. Well, there are esoteric things. For example, he said that, "I ...
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Interfaith debates

I've heard that there are halachik issues with interfaith debates. Is there any validity to this? When would it be problematic? Who says it would be problematic? What about the Rabbonim who debated? ...
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Is a conversion through “Jerusalem Council” valid? [closed]

Before I continue, the "Jerusalem Council" is a Messianic Orthodox Jewish movement which basically follows the Talmud and Kaballah and don't believe that Jesus (or Yeshua as they say) is G-d. ...
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Who is the prophet Yehoshua the Nazarene in Judaism? [duplicate]

What is being taught in regard the identity of the the prophet Yehoshua the Nazarene in Judaism? Specifically, how are the following questions being answered: A) Did such a person exist? B) Is the ...
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what talmudic manuscripts (if any) have jesus instead of balaam? (/ what Does MS.M. Jesus mean)

what manuscripts (if any) have jesus instead of balaam? I'm aware that some claim that balaam is a codeword for jesus. I know Rabbi Gil Student makes a good argument that it cannot be I have read ...
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Why isn't the Kabbalistic doctrine of Sefirot considered Shittuf if the Christian Trinity is?

From the answers to this question it seems that most if not all Jewish sources treat Trinitarian Christianity (in particular, their doctrine of the Trinity) as either Shittuf or outright Avoda Zara, ...
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Is a Jew allowed to be knighted? Problem with kneeling?

Is there any halachik problem with going through the knighting (or Damehood for women) process of kneeling etc? The current ceremony does not contain many of the Christian or pagan overtones of the ...
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Could a Jew join Medishare?

Medishare is a healthcare sharing program designed for Christians. Is there any reason a Jew wouldn't be able to join such a program? As far as I understand it, the program works in such a way that ...
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Are Jews allowed to use the expression “fingers crossed”?

Not to worship idols is one of the 10 commandments; according to a quick Google search "finger crossed" originates from either the Christian cross or other superstitious beliefs. Does this mean that ...
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English books for better understanding of Jewish thought?

I consider myself a "Christian" (as in a "follower of 'Christ'"), and I am interested in learning more about Judaism, so that I can better understand the Jewish roots of Christianity. I've gotten ...
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When was the Sefer Nizzahon Yashan written?

When was the Sefer Nizzahon Yashan written? And this question leads me to another one: Does anyone know of any mention in Rishonim or acharonim about it (or about its author)? The Sefer Nizzahon ...
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where if anywhere, does rashi refer to christianity as idolatry?

I remember hearing that rashi does not consider christianity idolatry. In researching it on google I have read here Isaac On Jewish and Christian Altars:Polemic and Exegesis in Rashi and the ... ...
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Why don't Jews think Jesus is the messiah?

Christians say that Jesus is the Messiah spoken of in the Old Testament; Jews disagree. Why couldn't Jesus be the Messiah spoken of? Or could he possibly have been?
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Wearing cruciform orders

Most European chivalric orders, both historic and otherwise, as well as many other awards issued were cruciform (for different examples of styles, see the Pour le Mérite, the Iron Cross, and the ...
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Esav & Yishma'el today

Historically, how did Esav come to be associated with Rome/Christianity? How did Yishma'el come to be associated with Arabs/Islam?
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Who is the nation/kingship of Edom? [duplicate]

There are/were 4 kingship's (malchuyos) described in Sefer Daniel. Edom, being one of them (I think?), is often explained to be the Roman Empire. 1- What is the source to say that Edom was the Roman ...
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May I shop at a church-owned thrift store?

May I shop at a thrift store owned by a church, such as the Salvation Army Family Store? What if the only other thrift store is half an hour away?
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Origin of the term Yoshke?

I have often heard Jews refer to Jesus as "Yoshke". Is the origin of that appellation based on halachic issues regarding mentioning names of foreign deities, or some other Jewish law or custom? When ...
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Symbolism of the Number Three

When I was a Christian, leaders and missionaries were always talking about how Judaism uses the number three to represent God: the waving over the Shabbat candles three times, waiting for three stars ...
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Missionary gave me these Talmudic quotes; Does it prove that Goyim are viewed as Animals who should be harassed, and that christians will go to hell? [duplicate]

Sorry about this. I'm not a Talmudic scholar in any sense; Can anyone qualify if what presented here is accurate and as bad as it sounds? “The ‘goyim’ are not humans. They are beasts.” (Baba ...
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What was “baptism” to the Jews in the time of John the Baptist? [closed]

Did Jews before John the Baptist practice something called "baptism"? If so, what was it and what was its significance? I am looking for a traditional Jewish understanding of this concept in its ...
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May one park in a Church across the road which charges a daily parking fee?

Is it permitted to park in a church which charges a daily fee for use of its parking lot? Possible concerns might be: Someone who knows the owner's car may think he has gone in to worship. The ...
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Do Jewish people believe that Jesus existed? [closed]

Are there any evidence in Judaism that the man Jesus son of Joseph and Mary existed and if so are there dates associated with his birth and death?
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Is it mutar to participate in an online religion-related community that is largely made up of Christians?

There exist online communities on secular websites, to discuss religion-related topics such as the bible, that largely consist of Christians and their contributions. Some of those Christians use the ...
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Working for (non-Jewish) religious organizations

Is there anything in Jewish law restricting Jews from working for other religious organizations? Some examples: can a Jew work as a receptionist at a Mosque? As a gym teacher at a Catholic school? As ...
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I was raised Luthern. My last name is apparently Jewish [duplicate]

I am looking for answers. I have discovered my last name is considered a Jewish name. Glasser. I was raised Lutheran,as are all of my family. Is it possible to become Jewish even though I believe in ...
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What attitudes toward Jesus are acceptable for a Jew?

What attitudes toward Jesus are acceptable for a Jew? I understand that idolatry, or embracing the mainstream Christian perception of Jesus as divine, is absolutely out of the question. Furthermore, ...
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Donating to A Christian Charity

This question discusses both the obligation to give charity and certain requirements of the receiving institution, but the "best answer" does not address one particular type of charity. It mentions ...
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Before or during Jesus's time, what other notable Jews claimed to be or hinted at being the Messiah?

I have heard growing up that many people around and before Jesus' time claimed to be the Messiah and/or claimed to be God, so Jesus had to "up the ante" and perform miracles. Who else has claimed to ...
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If Christianity is avodah zarah and Islam is not, why has the Christian world triumphed over the non-Christian, and why do Jews prefer to live among Christians and not Muslims?

The Rambam quite clearly considered Christianity to be avodah zarah. He did not feel the same way about Islam, however, going so far as to condone praying within a mosque, and many Orthodox Jewish ...
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May Jews sell wine to Christians for them to use in their religious ceremonies?

(This question is based on an older one which Rabbi Levi Cash posted a few years ago.) Under Charlemagne in the 8th century and the Carolingian emperors, Jews provided wine for Christian mass. But I ...
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How would first century Jews in Judea have reacted to the Jesus Movement's messianic claims?

My understanding is that first century Jews in Judea, Jerusalem, etc, would have known that Jesus could not possibly be the messiah, because the messiah was expected to be triumphant in life, and no ...
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A Jew named Christian

I'm a gentile and my name is Christian. Would I face more aversion if I wanted to covert to Judaism than someone whose name is, say, Abraham? Would I be encouraged to legally change my name? Also, ...
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Is the Gemara (Shabbos 116b) quoting the New Testament?

The Gemara in Shabbos (116b) seems to have two quotes from the New Testament, but I'm not sure. ברא וברתא כחדא ירתון - sons and daughters should inherit together and אנא לא למיפחת מן ...
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What is the difference between HaSatan, Luficer and the Serpent [closed]

I am working on a paper for one my classes and I routinely run into the question of whether or not jewish individuals believe in view Satan in the same way Christians do. More specifically, are the ...