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To summarize the responses so far, in addition to the 2 potential issues (cited by @Shalom in his answer) of "...lo thitein michshol" (which might not apply if the sin would be committed regardless by other means), and chanufa (tolerance/approbation of sin), there is also a rabbinic prohibition of mesaye'ah (aiding and abetting a sinner which [as noted by @ ...


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There are three issues that come to mind as potentially halachically problematic" Marith A'yin (creating an impression of wrongdoing) by making it seem that you have been ordained by a Christian church (see e.g. DanF's objections in the comments to the question) and endorse idolatrous/heretical beliefs. Marith A'yin that you are engaging in dishonest ...


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When there is not a Yovel year, the most a Jew can do is teach the sheva mitzvot and the oneness of God to bnei Noach and to bnei Yisrael, to increase in mitzvot. The policy for the government should be to try and institute the Yovel year so that gerim toshvim can be accepted. The bigger problem with this, is that the people of government probably wouldn't ...


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As far as what the modern State of Israel should do, this was addressed at length by its first Ashkenazi chief rabbi, Yitzchak Isaac Herzog. Broadly speaking, he felt that in a democratic state there had to be certain tolerance. He allowed selling land to non-Jews, for instance. Broader concerns of avoiding enmity against Jews and concerns of "if the Jews ...


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Destroy the idols - "pursue avodah zarah and get rid of it from the entire Eretz Yisroel" - Rambam, Hilchos Avodah Zarah 7:2. Not allow the idolaters to live there - ibid. 10:6.


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Halachically there is a prohibition of providing for Idolators eg. Housing (the Gemara in Avoda Zara (טו. Rambam (ע"ז י-ד) forbids renting to idolators under the prohibition of לא תביא תועבה אל ביתך. One cannot sell land to an idolator under the prohibition of לא תחנם. Accordingly, the state of Israel should be prohibited from renting land to any church ...


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There are two concerns here: chanufa, which means telling a sinner that you approve of their sinful action; and mesayea / lifnei iver, being involved in (or enabling) someone else's sin. For a rabbi to officiate at a wedding prohibited by halacha would be an issue of chanufa, as he's declaring okay that which the Torah says is not. For the caterer, ...


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I just came across one relevant reference regarding synagogue architecture ועל אותן אשר מתכוונים לעשות בנין בשמונה צלעות (ומכל שכן בארבעה צלעות) כדמות היכלי הגוים, עליהם אני קורא וישכח ישראל עושהו ויבן היכלות ע”ש, ובפרט בבנינים כמו היכלי עכו”ם יש גם כן לאו של תורה, ובחוקותיהם לא תלכו, כמו שנתבאר רמב”ם פרק י”א מהלכות עכו”ם הלכה א’, וביו”ד סימן קע”ח ...


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Both. Idols and icons. At least in my Tanakh. My Tanakh (New JPS translation) says "You shall not make for yourself a sculptured image, or any likeness of what is in the heavens above or on the earth below or the waters under the Earth."


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To my knowledge, meditation is of not focusing on anything but the breath. you are literally taking control of your mind by just focusing on the breath and the breath itself. the whole Mantra thing is misleading and not the right way. Why should there be an issur to do this. if anything, practicing self awareness (meditation) can strengthen your brain and ...



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