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There are several factors to be considered to determine whether or not Harry Potter would be liable to prosecution under the witchcraft clause. Is he Jewish? Regarding his Jewishness, as noted the evidence suggests he is Christian, although this does not preclude him from theoretically being descended from Jews (especially given Rowling's statement that ...


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No, he didn't discover it. Wickes lived 1817-1903 with his seminal works on cantillation being published in the 1880s. Plenty of Jewish works on cantillation exist before that, such as Mishpetei Taamim, 1808, R Wolf Heidenheim, back to works by Ben Asher and Yehuda Ibn Bilam around 1000 years ago. Rabbeinu Tam wrote a long cryptic poem about the rules of ...


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This is totally incorrect. Even if a Jew sins sufficiently to merit being punished with karet, he is still a Jew. An example would be those who succumbed to the Spanish in 1492 and converted to christianity but did teshuvah (repented) and managed to escape to Amsterdam. While it is true that Reform (as a movement) is not Judaism in the eyes of Orthodoxy, ...


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Maimonides states in the Laws of Forbidden Sexual Relations 13:4, that a non-Jew immerses in a mikveh by himself, it has no effect. The Shulchan Aruch in Y"D 268:3 holds this way as well, provided one did not previously accept the commandments on oneself in front of three Jews. (See Be'er Heitiv that '2' in the S"A may refer to the requirement to at least ...


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There would seem to be a chazakah that someone who enters a shul to daven is Jewish, especially if you see them davening. This is no worse than the chazakah that someone who comes to Yerushalayim to eat the korban Pesach is assumed to be Jewish (until proven otherwise as in the case of Bava ben Buta). If they are not Jewish, at worst you have been over an ...


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הֱוֵי מִתַּלְמִידָיו שֶׁל אַהֲרֹן, אוֹהֵב שָׁלוֹם וְרוֹדֵף שָׁלוֹם, אוֹהֵב אֶת הַבְּרִיּוֹת וּמְקָרְבָן לַתּוֹרָה Be of the students of Aaron: Loving peace and pursuing peace, loving mankind and bringing them close to the Torah. (Tractate Avoth 1:12)


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@Aaron: Yes, there is a negative commandment to contradict it. The Passuk says (Devarim 7:2) "lo sechaneim (לא תחנם)." The Gemara (Avodah Zarah 20a) gives three translations: "do not give them occupation in the land (לא תתן להם חנייה)," "do not grant them favor (לא תתן להם חן)," and "do not give them free gifts (לא תתן להם מתנת חנם)." The translation I'd ...


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This is a complicated issue. You should read these two articles 1 2. Some Rishonim say explicitly that Jezebel did not convert, and that was part of Ahab's sin in marrying her (see, for instance, Ralbag to Kings 1:16:31), and R Shlomo Primo writes (Imrei Shefer, Vayera) that Joram was also not Jewish. While this may not have been explicitly mentioned in the ...


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some sources. Rabbi Chaim Vital writes in Shaarei Kedusha Part 1 gate 5: "be joyful, even during times of suffering, love all people even gentiles, don't be jealous for anything because like the shadow of the day is our time on the land". and regarding befriending (Berachot 17): "No one ever greeted R. Yochanan ben Zakai (he always greeted first), even a ...


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This verse is not a command for Israel to be a light unto the nations. Its speaking about Isaiah, not Israel. G-d is telling Isaiah not to be upset that he didn't complete the job of returning the Jews to G-d, because his job will now be even greater: to prophecy the prophecies of the Messianic Age which will affect all the nations of the earth. Malbim. ...


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The רמ"ע מפאנו in עשרה מאמרות has a list of 30 mitzvos Bnei Noach in מאמר חקור דין חלק ג' פרק כ"א. He basically has 7 major categories and the other 34 are sub-categories of the 7. Within the category of ברכת ה'‏ he lists כבוד התורה (ours) and לעסוק בתורה שניתנה להם (the mitzvos Bnei Noach). The יד יהודה (a מפרש in the sefer) brings that through ...



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