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It is in the negative formulation to create parallel structure with shela asani isha and shelo asani aved. While for us parallel structure is just something our middle school English teacher ranted about in regards to Shakespeare, these prayers were written before writing was common. There were no printing presses, and the first written siddurim weren't ...


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In שו"ת יוסף אומץ להחיד"א סי' ע' ס"ד he discusses this concept. It seems that some had this custom - to not say Birchas Kohanim when a non-Jew was present. It seems to be based on a misconception, and he rules that there is no issue with it. Background: In Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim (25:20) the Halacha states: כ יִהְיוּ עֲשָׂרָה בְּמָקוֹם אֶחָד ...


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The baal hatanya explains that gentiles have animal souls, whereas Jews have both animal and godly souls. However, some non-Jews who are especially righteous have a godly soul too IIRC.


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It's not clear what the Halocho is regarding killing a non Jew. The texts have all been censored to make them PC. The Rambam in הלכות רוצח ושמירת נפש - פרק שני says: יא בָּרִאשׁוֹנָה מִי שֶׁהָרַג גֵּר תּוֹשָׁב אֵינוֹ נֶהֱרָג עָלָיו בְּבֵית דִּין שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (שמות כא-יד) 'וְכִי יָזִד אִישׁ עַל רֵעֵהוּ'. וְאֵין צָרִיךְ לוֹמַר שֶׁאֵינוֹ נֶהֱרָג עַל ...


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The Outsider's Guide to Orthodox Judaism by Rabbi Arnie Singer - Link: http://www.amazon.com/Outsiders-Guide-Orthodox-Judaism/dp/0615211364/


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The atheist is still a Jew; his (non-)belief does not exempt him from the obligation not to violate Shabbat. This answer elsewhere by DoubleAA discusses benefitting from melacha done by a Jew. It stands to reason that if you can't benefit from the work anyway, there's no benefit to you in asking him to be your "Shabbat goy", so let's look first at the case ...


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As far as I'm aware, just about every posek assumes that all nations are obligated to believe in God in some way or another. This is stated explicitly by Rav Shmuel ben Hofni Gaon (commentary to Beraishis 34:12), Rabbeinu Nissim Gaon (intro to Talmud), probably the opinion of the Sefer Hachinuch (commandment 417, and Minchas Chinuch there), Maharal (Gevuros ...


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The Chazon Ish (Y.D. 62:20) writes that in all likelihood, Noahides are commanded against heresy, because belief in God is the foundation for all 7 commandments that they are actually commanded in. However, he himself is unsure whether this heresy is defined in the same way as it would be for a Jew, considering that there are some authorities who permit ...


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Kohanim need to be Jews first. The child of a non-Jewish woman is not a Jew, and thus cannot be a kohen. Even if a kohen marries a convert (which halacha forbids, but if he did), so his child is Jewish, that child is not a kohen. Marrying someone who isn't even Jewish could not produce a better result in terms of the child's status. If the child converts ...


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He would be a Ger. Not a Kohein. Not a Levi. Not a Yisrael. A Ger. Gerim (converts) are not halachicly related to their biological "relatives". It's a clean slate. It's worth noting that in general the offspring of a Kohein with a woman he can't marry are not Kohanim anyway, but Challalim.


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The seffer Shaarei Aharon in Vayeira 19 37 offers an explenation to the discrepancy between referring to Moav the same term as the previous passuk whereas bnei Amon is different then Ben Ami. He says 'the way that a person wants to go, he is taken. Therefore, the younger daughter who tried to conceal the matter (the name Amon is less obvious to have been ...


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The answer is that a Cohen who has relations with a non-Jewish woman is not removed from his sanctity and therefore not permitted to marry a woman who's had relations with non-Jews. רמבם הלכות איסורי ביאה פרק יט:א איזו היא חללה: זו שנולדה מאיסורי כהונה; וכן אחת מן הנשים האסורות לכהונה שנבעלה לכוהן, נתחללה. אבל הכוהן עצמו שעבר העבירה, לא נתחלל. ...


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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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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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