Relations with non-Jews, and laws regarding them.

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Why did Hashem offer the Torah to all the other nations?

Why did Hashem bother to ask all the other nations if they wanted to get the Torah when He knew they'd say no? (See Midrash Sifri, Deuteronomy 343) (I already know Hashem is beyond time)
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Is it permitted to eat sacred/sacral food of other nations?

Is it permitted by our tradition to eat religious meals of the nations? For example, Ashure (Noah's pudding) of the Muslims, Kutia of the Polish and Ukrainian Christians, painted eggs of the Russian ...
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Does the Torah discuss aliens?

Does the Torah discuss extra-terrestrial life and/or civilizations? Do any Torah sources exist which discuss what these hypothetical beings would be like and their status/nature? (eg. Would they be ...
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Ask a gentile to switch labors?

I understand that we are (generally) not allowed to ask a gentile to do m'lacha for a Jew on Shabas. Suppose he's going to do m'lacha anyway, but I want him to do it differently, or to do a different ...
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Forgiveness and non-Jews

A Jewish friend of mine wrote this, "..because Jews seem to forgive each other more, we are to try harder with non-Jews." I have no clue how you can try harder to forgive someone, because you ...
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Why is Taus Akum Different?

So the Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat (348:2) says: כל הגונב אפילו שוה פרוטה עובר על לאו דלא תגנובו וחייב לשלם אחד הגונב ממון ישראל או הגונב ממון של עכו"ם ואחד הגונב מגדול או מקטן:‏ הגה: ...
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Are Esau/Edom and Yishmael included among the 70 nations?

We all know that all the people on the earth came actually of 70 nations (even though lots of them became mixed recently). And we all know that every one of these nations has an angel to guard it. ...
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Do we have any proof (Biblical or other Judaic) that current-day Arabs have lineage from Yishma'el?

I am relating my question to Hashem and Arabs. Offhand, I thought that Islam claims ties to Yisma'el. If true, I don't know how or why it makes that claim. If it's all Arabs, even non-Muslims, how do ...
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Was Esau commanded in circumcision?

Was Esau commanded in circumcision? For instance, if he did teshuvah, was he still obligated in circumcision for himself and his children?
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Teaching Machshava and Hashkafa to Non-Jews

I know there is a prohibition against teaching Oral Torah to Non-Jews, but what about Machshava and Hashkafa? Sometime Non-Jews ask questions and the answer relates to either Hashkafa/Machshava. Is it ...
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Teaching Written Torah to Christians

There is an idea mentioned by the Rambam, but not in the Mishneh Torah as I recall, that it is permissible to teach Wrtitten Torah to Christians because they accept it as Divine and don't study it in ...
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In What Sense Non Jews Should Obey/Disobey Torah?

There are 2 opinions. In some cases I've heard that God reward anyone that obey Torah. Also, I think I read somewhere in exodus that anyone living in Israel, be it foreigners or not, must not work ...
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Are Jews allowed to wish each other “Happy Thanksgiving”?

Is there any issue with Jews wishing each other "Happy Thanksgiving" or "Happy Turkey Day"?
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Buying from non-Jews, or selling to non-Jews, within three days of their holidays

Yoreh De'ah 148:1 says, in part: שְׁלשָׁה יָמִים לִפְנֵי חַגָּם שֶׁל גּוֹיִים עוֹבְדֵי אֱלִילִים אָסוּר לִקַּח מֵהֶם וְלִמְכֹּר לָהֶם דָּבָר הַמִּתְקַיֵּם. וּמֻתָּר לִמְכֹּר לָהֶם דָּבָר שֶׁאֵינוֹ ...
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When a chain store advertises a “Holiday” or “End of Year” sale, may I buy their product?

My question is related to this one. The linked question focuses on the phrasing in the ad of referring to "Christmas", so it seems obvious that they are referring to a specific holiday. My question ...
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If a local store holds a “Christmas Sale” in the days leading up to Dec. 25th, may I shop there?

My question In mid-December, I received the weekly advertising flyer of a local store chain. At the top, the flyer said "Christmas Sale". If a sale is advertised like this, with the name of a non-...
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Imagine a non-Jewish hostel has a male and a female dorm. Does yichud allow me to sleep in the male dorm?

I'm male. Imagine I arrive at a youth hostel where I'm the only Jew. It's a big house on a quiet residential street; the house has been converted into a youth hostel. There's a male-only dorm room; ...
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When is it acceptable for a non-Jew working towards Orthodox conversion to grow peyot?

I am working towards an Orthodox conversion, and physical reminders continue to help me on my path as reminders - like tzitzit and kippah. I would like to grow out my peyot, but I am concerned I may ...
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Denying non P.C. Beliefs [duplicate]

If one's flavor of Judaism incorporates a belief that is frowned upon by our misguided secular society and he is questioned on that matter, is he permitted, forbidden, or obligated to deny that he ...
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Source for teaching that God judges non-Jews with a lower standard

I remember reading a Haftorah which I think was from one of the 12 minor prophets -- I'm not sure -- in which God tells the Jewish people something to the effect that His standard for judging the non-...
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Issues of lifnei iver with non-Jews

Is the prohibition against lifnei iver--causing someone to sin--applicable if one causes a non-Jew to violate the Noachide Laws? For example, suppose I (ch"v) give a Noachide something to eat that was ...
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Gentile's responsibility to non observant Jews

What kind of responsibility has a Gentile to Jews who are not observant? For example, a Gentile sends a text message to his non-observant Jewish friend, knowing that he will most probably write a ...
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Can a Jewish woman sing in front of a non-Jewish man?

Suppose I am a Jewish woman. Suppose I am in a taxi (or similar semiprivate place) with a male cab driver who I am quite sure is not Jewish. May I sing in front of him? Hypothesis: That since the ...
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What happened to the mitzvah to love the stranger?

This commandment is repeated at least three times in the Torah--in Leviticus 19, Deuteronomy 10, Exodus 22, and Leviticus 25. Leviticus 19:33-34 say: "When a stranger resides with you in your land,...
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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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Prospective Jews and Shabbat observance

Can someone who is not Jewish but is seriously considering converting observe Shabbat? Here I specifically mean home observance (Kiddush, etc.). Also, can a non-Jew looking into converting pray Jewish ...
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To what extent must we try to convince non-Jews to follow the 7 mitzvot?

It is common to see Jews referring non-Jews who are interested in Judaism but not prepared to commit to following halakha to Noahidism or simply to follow the 7 laws; however, it seems to me to be ...
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Do arabs come from Ishmael? [duplicate]

I've heard many times in my life that "arabs are the descendants of Ishmael". But this just doesn't make sense. As far as I know Shem (which lived like 10 generations before Ishmael) is the ancestor ...
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Conversion: If G-d really wanted me to be a Jew (and observe mitzvot), why was I not born into a Jewish family

This question pertains to the issue of conversion, and if it makes sense in the Jewish context of some people being Chosen specifically by God. Before beginning, this poster is aware of the long, and ...
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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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Doing business live with a non-Jew who is in a time zone where Shabbat already arrived [duplicate]

Is it permitted for a Jew to communicate in real time, conducting business, with a non-Jew who is in a time zone where Shabbat has already arrived, assuming it's not yet Shabbat where the Jew is? ...
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Can a Jew tell a Gentile to fix his ambulance on Shabbat?

I Understand that a Jew is not allowed to ask a Gentile to do work for him specifically on Shabbat. Thus, one cannot bring a car to the Gentile mechanic on Friday and tell him specifically, "Fix my ...
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Besides mishkav zachar, what is sexually forbidden between consenting non-Jewish males?

Vayikra 20:13 forbids anal intercourse according to Rashi who describes the offense as "inserting a paint stick in a tube." Since non-Jews are not generally subject to laws asur mi'd'rabbanin, no ...
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What if a Mezuzah is mistakenly removed?

Say a non-Jewish tradesman, like a painter, is working on a door and removes the Mezuzah without really knowing what he's doing. Is the Mezuzah still kosher? Could I say a Bracha and put it back as ...
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Is a gentile living in Eretz Yisrael obliged to be circumcised?

Let's say a gentile is living in Lebanon or western Jordan, or west bank or even the State of Israel. Is he obliged to get circumcised since he live is Eretz Yisrael ?
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How to respond to “but he does”

I mentioned to my coworker that I can't eat Domino's pizza, not even without meat, as it's not kosher. He pointed out in response that a fellow coworker of ours, whom I'll call Josh, and who is ...
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Does God love non-Jews?

I've read the topic of whether or not God discriminates between Jews and non-Jews, but does God love non-Jews? Does it say anywhere that He does love non-Jews. I don't believe that God hates non-Jews ...
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Seeking a recommendation of a version of Pirkei Avot accessible to a novice

One of my non-Jewish co-workers has been fascinated with Jewish ethics, and I assume that while searching on the web, he discovered "Ethics of the Fathers". He's read a few adages and has discussed ...
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Torah was taken out for reading, when you discover you had no minyan. What now?

This is a follow-up on this question. Let's say that the 10th person who came into the shul turned out to be a Gentile. No one asked him anything when he came in. You took out the Torah on a Monday, ...
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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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Are there any alternative titles for Bnei Noach in Tanakh and Rabbinic literature?

I am interested in knowing what the alternative titles/names for Bnei Noach have been in Rabbinic literature. For instance, were the non-Jews who attended Temple korban called Bnei Noach? My memory is ...
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Is it forbidden to teach Torah to non-Jews on Mi Yodeya? [duplicate]

I have noticed that many Christians and Messianics post questions on Mi Yodeya and I'm wondering if the prohibition of teaching the Torah to non-Jews would apply in a forum like this or if it only ...
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Does 'Halacha Eisav Soneh Yaakov' really mean that it is innate in all gentiles to hate Jews?

People so often use this statement to claim that the gentiles innately hate Jews, is this an accurate understanding of the statement?
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Is the Sabbath a Creation Ordinance?

"And on the seventh day God finished His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made." Genesis 2:2 Some understand that this verse teaches that ...
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Is Goy meant to be a pejorative term?

I have never heard this word before, but the Wikipedia article insists: The word is also used to pejoratively describe those not of Jewish descent. It is commonly used to refer to Christians and ...
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Honorific for a non-Jew

My question is somewhat simple: is there an honorific for particularly righteous, deceased non-Jews? Related: is זכרונו לברכה ever used for non-Jews? I don't recall ever having seen this. EDIT: I ...
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Non-Jews learning or being taught Torah

I read on Mi Yodeya, and elsewhere on the Internet, that the Gemara (Chagigah 13a) says that Jews can't teach Torah to gentiles, and that according to Tosefot (Chagigah 13a sv. ein) this is because ...
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What should I be aware of when using the term “Jew”?

As a gentile who finds himself writing about Judaism in the ancient world, I've found myself reluctant to use the word "Jew". I tend to use phrases like "Jewish people" and "Hebrew" when it makes ...
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Can Gentiles observe Yom kippur? [duplicate]

Is a Gentile allowed to do all the Jews do on Yom kippur? Or are there any prohibitions?
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Can a non-Jew visit a Jewish cemetery to see how it looks?

I want to know whether a non-Jew can, according to Jewish law, enter and visit a Jewish cemetery, to know what it looks like and what symbols and images are used in the cemetery, for personal ...