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I'm not a posek, so don't rely on my answer. If this is Halacha L'Ma'asah and not theoretical, you should certainly ask your LOR what to do, though I assumed that went without saying. If I understand the process correctly, a ger only becomes Jewish after his conversion is complete. Thus, if the parents hadn't finished the conversion process when the baby ...
"Although it is clear enough that Jewish men should not touch women for reasons of niddah" This is not entirely exact. For the husband this is the reason, and nidda as a prohibition punished by Karet, not as a uncleanness. But a married wife married with an other man, despite that she is not nidda is prohibited because Eshet Ish. See Sefer Hachinuch ...
There are two laws in the 7 noahide laws which pertain to this. The first being not to mirder and the second to establish courts of justice. The court systems would set up procedures of how to deal with witnesses and how the offender should be punished.
Reb Moshe has about 3 teshuvos on this sort of thing, I think he is discussing teshuvah for homosexuality as far as I remember. The issue with having sex with a non-Jew is more a hapharas bris than an issur de'oraysah, in fact the rishonim are hard put to pinpoint exactly what the issur should be. I.e. you have violated the integrity of the Jewish people. ...
It depends if you see Judaism as a natural or unnatural state. It is not racism to be an Australian Aboriginal, even though I have little chance of being inducted in an Aboriginal coming of age rite. It is racist to practice white supremacism, and exclude Jews and Blacks from entering restaraunts. Being an Aboriginal Australian is a natural order. I ...
according to the Torah, the Jewish people were elevated by God at Sinai and appointed as His treasured people. So if you accept that as true, then Jews have a special status. This doesn't mean they are better than others, just that they have a high level job vis-a-vis humanity. This is a responsibility which can come with a heavy price tag.
This question was once asked to Rav Yonatan Eybeschutz. He replied: We Jews only know of the major plots concocted to exterminate us; the non-Jews, however know how many additional plans of theirs were thwarted by G-d. Thus, at the end of days (as per Radak and general understanding), having been forced to recognize G-d's hand, they will praise Hashem 'for ...
Radak explain this as a reference to yemos haMoshiah, when Am Israel will be redeemed and all nations will come to recognize Hashem. This would explain why the other nations will praise G-d from what He will have done for us. See Isaiah in 2:3-4 and Micah 4:2-3.
I don't have it with me now, but the Artscroll Ashkenazi kinnot talks in the footnotes somewhere (I think somewhere around kinnah 20-30) about Jews who went to Germany after the destruction of the first Beit Hamkidash and didn't want to go back in the time of Ezra and Nechemia. I don't remember what their source is.
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