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No. The whole idea of religion which was created before the chorev (matan torah) was a corruption of the recognition of G-d. When G-d created Adam and Chava they didn't have to believe in G-d b/c they spoke to him. Over time people began to worship other parts of creation as well because those things are servants of G-d and they bring us good things as well. ...


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in this phase of history we are supposed to be working on being good students not good teachers. the messianic era is when the Jews will be the teachers of humanity and the light unto the nations. source Rabbi Uziel Milevsky, former chief rabbi of mexico http://dafyomireview.com/audio/m04-3_flaws_of_man_and_role_of_jews.mp3 nevertheless, he brings some ...


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It's mentioned in the Medrash Raba - Metzora 17:6 that the Girgashi went to Afriki (sic) instead of fighting with Yehoshua. גִּרְגָּשִׁי עָמַד [ופנה] מֵאֵלָיו, לְפִיכָךְ נִתְּנָה לוֹ אֶרֶץ יָפָה כְּאַרְצוֹ, הֲדָא הוּא דִכְתִיב (ישעיה לו, יז): עַד בֹּאִי וְלָקַחְתִּי אֶתְכֶם אֶל אֶרֶץ כְּאַרְצְכֶם, זוֹ אַפְרִיקֵי. ‏ In the Medrash Raba in Shelach ...


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The most accessible form of mikva is a natural lake or the ocean (assuming you live near a coast). These are considered the ideal mikvaos though most use man-made mikvaos for a variety of other reasons. Natural springs also qualify as mikvaos and in fact purify from things which conventional mikvaos do not. All of these are easily accessible to anyone.


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No you should not be visiting the mikvah. Mikvahs are specifically built for the Jewish community (exception being those who wish to join via conversion are required as part of that process). Whilee the idea of mikvah be seem nice it is important that G-d has a designed path for each of us to follow. I would suggest you take a look at this website which ...


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I usually just say "Jewish dietary laws," if a short explanation is required, and that usually suffices. If they want more information, you can start explaining that there are certain things that Jews are not allowed to eat -- pork and milk+meat being the most widely known examples. That's usually (IME) the farthest that this will go. If they ask you why ...


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Rabbi Tzvi Freeman of Chabad.org has suggested that Noahides should draw on aspects of the traditional faith in which they were raised. For example, see here: http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/857823/jewish/Should-I-Convert-to-Judaism.htm Under this line of thinking, a Noahide with Muslim roots should not practice Islam exactly, but a Noahidism ...


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Presumably he's referring to Tosefta Nezikin 10:8: הגוזל את הנכרי חייב להחזיר לנכרי חמור גזל הנכרי מגזל ישראל מפני חילול השם. הגוזל את הנכרי ונשבע לו ומת אינו מתכפר לו מפני חילול השם.‏ One who steals from a non-Jew is obligated to return [the object] to the non-Jew. Stealing from non-Jews is more stringent than stealing from Jews because of ...


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Coming in late to the party, so this just comes to reinforce Yishai's answer, but I feel compelled to mention the Rambam's "Iggeret Teyman". Background: The "Epistle to Yemen" was written by Maimonides back in 1172, specifically to answer the rabbis of the Jewish community in Yemen who were being forced to convert to Islam. There was apparently a ...


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To speak only of the case of Idolaters including the modern Idolaters, then are not meant to be forgiven as they have indulged in Shituff. His forgiveness can only materialize if he ceases Idolatry or other Shituff activities. The wrong done to you is a lessor wrong then the wrong he is doing by indulging in Idolatry. The best thing you can do is help him or ...



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