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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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Judaism is a 'reshus' (domain), so that people within that domain (of God) are Jewish and people who are not within that domain are not Jewish. The halachah determines who is and who is not in this domain, for example the halachah determines that a black convert is Jewish, because they are within this reshus, and the child of an inter-marriage (Jewish ...


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It seems the answer is yes according to Mishneh Torah (see Hilcholt Shemitah veYovel 13:13). After describing the unique role of leviim, who are "set apart from the ways of the world", Rambam states: ולא שבט לוי בלבד אלא כל איש ואיש מכל באי העולם אשר נדבה רוחו אותו והבינו מדעו להבדל לעמוד לפני י"י לשרתו ולעובדו לדעה את י"י והלך ישר כמו שעשהו האלהים ...


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R' Samson Raphael Hirsch says, in his extended commentary on Leviticus 16:10, that goats represent the God-given human power to resist, and that the Azazel goat used in the Yom Kippur service represents, specifically, the use of this power to (God forbid) selfishly resist God Himself. We have absolutely no use for this kind of resistance, so we send the goat ...


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There are Rabbi's that permit it but from the simple reading of the Shulchan Aruch it seems you should give it to poor non-Jews in such a case Unless they have no other choice (they really need the money) Unless no one knows that you got it from the non-Jew (so it is not public)


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It would have the status of chametz she'avar alav hapesach and it would be forbidden to derive any benefit from it. Whether the sale was conditioned on his being an actual gentile or not, the chametz was definitely owned by a Jew and any further sale would accomplish nothing in terms of it's already forbidden status.


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dinonline says that it seems it is not allowed unless in exceptional circumstances.


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What Danno has stated — The Hebrew translates to "all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you." The issue would be to understand what it means to be blessed "in" not "through" you. This is often understood simply to mean "using your name" or "with your name" as in "may you be like Abraham". — is the explanation of Genesis 12:3 ...


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We perhaps can clear up any doubts: Can we say that the whole world is living in abundance thanks to an individual, even an unknown? The weight of an individual A righteous man can justify the well being of the whole humanity, remaining unknown. Abraham[1], Rabbi Chanina ben Dossa[2]. One of the ways to understand it is that humanity will progressively ...


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The promise in Genesis is the only one that is we're aware of - that descendents of Abraham and the Jewish nation inherit what was promised to Abraham. But G-d certainly blesses all humans with tremendous good each and every day!!! Sunshine, rain, food, the ability to breathe, talk, etc. The blessings we all receive are innumerable and incomprehensible to ...


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no, it is not possible....conversions are something invented by the Pharisees to secure their hold over the people....there are no conversions in the 5 books of moses and no procedure given...there is not one convert mentioned by name in the 5 books of moses....the assertion by rambam that the wives of solomon and samson converted is totally unsubstantiated ...



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