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Note that the Torah only explicitly refers to the (men) of Amon and Moav as well as the nation of Amalek because of what they explicitly did to deny hakaras Hatov. The gemara says that the descendants of Haman taught Torah in Bnei Brak. The discussion involves whether we are allowed to accept a convert even from Amalek to show that they can do Teshuvah. Even ...


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R' Auerbach OBM held that refraining using electricity per se is a minhag. However, almost all electric devices involve one or more melochos, which is why it is a minhag to refrain from electricity use, since unless you are an electrical engineer AND a rav, it is unlikely that you would be able to determine what exactly is permissible and not permissible ...


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Since you are not halachically Jewish, you have no commandment in tzitzit. (The tallit is just the vehicle for tzitzit, which you probably already know.) To you, therefore, your grandfather's tallit is just a garment. It isn't restricted to him or to Jews; if you were to don it privately you wouldn't be doing damage. (I don't have a source for this; it's ...


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There is absolutely nothing wrong with a non-Jewish person attending a seder, if all of the food has been cooked in advance of Yom Tov. As stated above any prohibition that might exist has nothing to do with the seder per se, it has to do with restrictions about holiday preparations. There are a zillion reasons to mitigate this prohibition. Perhaps a nonJew ...


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The main point is that one is not allowed to cook for a gentile on Yom Tov. As a result, one should not invite a guest. A maid or waiter can be served because they will not expect extra food to be cooked for them. Halachos Series on Hilchos Shabbos May one invite a gentile on Yom Tov to eat at the Yom Tov table? There definitely is a serious ...


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From various Mishnayot (see below) we see that a Ger's possessions seem to continue to belong to him after he converts. In that case, the moment your buyer converts, he owns Chametz on Pessach - Chametz from which everybody is now forbidden to derive benefit from - similar to any Chametz a Jew owns on Pessach. Result: He would not be allowed to sell it ...


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R' Ari Enkin has a great article on this: http://www.torahmusings.com/2011/03/jesus/ He theorizes that it is preferable to wish another Merry Christmas than Merry Xmas On a related note, there does not seem to be any halachic advantage to using “Xmas” over “Christmas” as many are accustomed to do. This is because “X” (the Greek letter “Chi”) is not only ...


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I mentioned above, but this case is a little different since one is not actually performing a mitzvah. I would like to clarify the difference if I may. The boy who refused to listen to a woman sing is refraining from a sin. Chillul Hashem is an aveirah when one has a choice, on the other hand when one is commanded by g-d not to do something there is ...


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The way that I understand the difference between Torah and 'Chochma' (wisdom), is mainly a difference in source. 'Torah knowledge' refers to knowledge that is sourced from the Divinely given Torah (Written and Oral). Wisdom is sourced in human logic and experience. (Maharal, Netzach Yisrael ch. 31) Therefore, non-Jewish wisdom might come to similar or even ...


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one of my Rebbis once told me (i think based onthe netivot shalom) that when you read something you are getting also getting hashpaah from the soul of the author. the words are not detached from the author.


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The author is still making the statements based on logic and not on acceptance of the Torah. Thus it is a matter of the second part of that statement חכמה באומות תאמין



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