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There are two relevant segments of the idea of chillul Hashem. One discussion is the discussion of when it necessitates giving up your life. That has one set of standards, laid out in Hilchos Yesodei HaTorah 5:1-4. The other is the chillul Hashem of degrading the impression of Hashem and His followers. This is discussed in Yesodei HaTorah 5:10-11. ...


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A star of David necklace is not a ritual object (just pretty jewelry), and I've never seen anybody take offense at one being given by a non-Jew. This is, in fact, one of the safest Jewish items you can buy; were you to try to select books or ritual objects, you would quickly run into matters of differences in tradition and would risk getting the "wrong" ...


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In Maayan Beis Hashoeivah 31 7, Rabbi Shwab asks this very question and suggests that perhaps Midyan was a tremendous nation or perhaps two nations, and only the ones under the jurisdiction of the five kings living on the border of Moav were killed, leaving the Moavites near Egypt alive. He also answers with this idea how Pinchas would wage war against his ...


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The substitutions come from censorship of printing over the years. Christian censors were generally more comfortable with עכו"ם - meaning worshiper of stars and constellations, as those Christian censors felt it did not include them. It is not really known in many cases what the original term of the text was due to this censorship, but now that we no longer ...


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I am not sure what you mean by a "halachically 'Jewish' Atheist". If you mean that he is Halachically jewish, the fact that he claims to be an atheist is irrelevant, he is a jew (as it says in Talmud Bavli Sanhedrin 44a a jew remains such regardless of sins committed) and cannot violate Shabbos and others cannot ask him to do so just like any other fully ...


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DailyHalacha.com quoting Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef says that one should attempt to avoid such a problem. However where that is the only option he should arrange prior to Shabbos that a non Jewish staff member will open his door when required. If one did not arrange this before Shabbos it is still permitted to ask a non Jewish staff member to open the door for ...


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After rereading Rambam a couple of times, I think I disagree with your interpretation of his writing. The part you cut out reads: "Can there be a greater stumbling block than Christianity? All the prophets spoke of Mashiach as the redeemer of Israel and their savior who would gather their dispersed and strengthen their observance of the mitzvot. In ...


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The chillul Hashem to give up your live is chillul Hashem is not the regular chillul Hashem -- see below. By the 4th graders, if they might cause a real chillul Hashem (not just PR for the Jewish community) they should not go to the museum (see the end of the halacha "One who could, however, escape and flee from under the power of a wicked king and fails to ...


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The first question is pretty easy -- Jewish status is entirely matrilineal. Mom's Jewish? Child is Jewish. Mom's not? Neither is the kid. So if mom is an asufi, the same would apply to her children. Makes no difference who the dad is. (There's only one safek here -- is mom Jewish or not. The safek about dad is irrelevant.) Second question: you mean ...


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There are a few issues that should be pointed out before we can try to understand these laws. There is a difference halachicaly between stealing and damaging vs returning and reparations. Whereas stealing and damaging is not allowed whether done to a Jew or a nonJew, payment and reparation is reserved for members of the Jew club. A similar point is mentioned ...


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I'll answer a piece of your question in terms of literal definition as well as "historical" usage: "Goy" means "nation" and Jews are referred to as a "goy" in numerous places in the Torah. This week's parsha, perhaps, represents the 1st such "usage" in Breishit 12:2, "An I shall make you into a great nation" (Heb. - "Goy Gadol"). "Nachri" means "stranger" ...


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If the information is related before three people, then it is considered publicly known, and should one of the three repeat it, he is not guilty of lashon hara , as long as his intent was not to spread it as much as possible. (Rambam, Hilchos Deos 7:5) Therefore, one may repeat anything heard from a public news source, and it is not considered lashon ...


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The Mishnah in Avot Chapter 1 Mishna 12 says: "Hillel said: Be of the students of Aharon, love peace (shalom), pursue peace, love people, and bring them close to Torah. Masechet Avot is the repository of Torah ethics as passed on from Hashem to Moshe to the Jewish people, as explained by the commentators on the first Mishnah of Avot.



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