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We are concerned with being the cause of somebody else erring. Parshat Kedoshim tells us "do not place a stumbling-block before the blind", which is interpreted to mean not only what it plainly says but also "don't be an enabler for a bad outcome". Causing somebody else to unknowingly transgress what God wants us to do is a pretty serious "bad outcome". ...


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The Bar-Ilan Responsa project has an online version that allows free searches, displaying up to 150 words from each result. This is an extremely powerful program, as its textbase is "clean" and edited, as opposed to many other search programs (such as Hebrewbooks and Otzar HaChochma) which are mostly based on error-prone, OCR-derived text.


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Danno got it right. But I'll go through the quotes anyhow. A. Non-Jews aren't humans. Keritot 6b. There are a handful of specific technical laws in the Bible that pertain to "an adam" which the Talmud interprets as "Jews only"; for a non-Jew we are more lenient. The idea simply is that most of the Torah's laws were intended for a Jewish audience, so ...


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It depends on your boss and on local custom. If local custom generally accepts short personal business during work hours, and your boss never stipulated otherwise when you were hired, then it's OK. If local custom can't be determined, then you need to honestly assess whether your boss would mind. A posek once provided a rule of thumb: if the boss would ...


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There are essentially two issues here: Am I somehow stealing from the owner (by taking away bandwidth)? Does the fact that the owner left it open mean he/she agrees to me using it? Am I somehow stealing from the ISP (or perhaps causing the owner to violate his/her TOS agreement with the ISP)? In each of these 2 problems we have yet another split: What ...


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Someone has to say it. Judaism.SE Mi.Yodeya.com!


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Others have stated some good ones, which I won't repeat. Some more: http://hebrewbooks.org: various texts as PDFs, many of which are not elsewhere online AFAIK. Some of them have OCR (I don't know how good it is), but most AFAICT do not. Nonetheless, they're good if you know the title (or author, which you can also search by) you seek, and don't need to ...


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The JPS 1917 translation is public domain. It can be found at http://www.mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0.htm among other places.


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These attacks are usually amalgamations of the following: Pure invention -- some of the books listed don't exist or the quotes are fabrications Mistranslations or selective quoting Out of context quotes (statements made in the course of a protracted legal argument presented as definitive statements of belief or statements made to make a legal point being ...


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http://dafyomireview.com/article.php?docid=339


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Here are a few, off the top of my head: Often there are factors that you may not think are relevant when asking your question, but could certainly be. You may have looked up some kosher-kitchen question about vegetables, not knowing that onions have very different laws than potatoes. There are plenty of gray areas in halacha where the conclusion may be ...


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Let's put together a list here. The books of Lamentations (original Hebrew / JPS English translation) and Job (original Hebrew / JPS English translation): Jeremiah: all sections critical of the Jews' behavior or about the destruction. This is most of the book. Starting from chapter 1, one can continue until chapter 29, skipping the few verses of ...


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You might want to check out mi.yodeya.com, the Judaism site on the StackExchange network. They allow questions and even answers from anyone, but the community editing and voting process, along with the great crowd of people who tend to hand out there tends to result in excellent, well-sourced answers being posted fairly quickly for most questions. Full ...


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Online Texts: Mechon Mamre, he.wikisource.org, Hebrew Books, Chumash - Rabbi Kaplan Translation Blogs: Hirhurim, Text & Texture, parshablog, Cross Currents, Emes ve-Emunah Shiurim: YU Torah, Virtual Beit Midrash, Daf Yomi Advancement Forum, Torah.org, Aish, AishDas Q & A: Judaism.SE, Ask Moses, Jewish Answers


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Aside for all those already mentioned, I find these websites very useful (probability says I visit most of these 1/week) Edited: Added descriptions of value More Shiurim: Kol Halahoson, TorahAnytime, MP3Shiur, 613 - Some of these have my favorite speakers so I keep updated by downloading their latest shiurim (on a weekly basis) Brochos - If I don't ...


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A solution is to use the Chabad online Rashi commentary to fuel Google searches. First, type site:http://www.chabad.org/library/bible_cdo/aid/ and then add your search terms after typing a space. Example: site:http://www.chabad.org/library/bible_cdo/aid/ אחרון אחרון חביב to find a Rashi from this week's parsha.


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Quick Google brings http://twitter.com/kinbot The Kinneret Bot! Also see: http://savethekinneret.com/ (chart is a bit messy, though) http://www.israelweather.co.il/kineret.asp (in hebrew)


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Nolad governs muktzeh, physical items you shouldn't move because they weren't acessible before shabbos started. I can't see any way how that could possibly apply to information. If a non-Jew who had been halfway across the world on Friday night delivers a package to me on shabbos afternoon, it's muktza. If he tells me a joke (or the news, or acts out a ...


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The Shach (Yoreh De'ah 179:11) ruled that "God" spelled in a foreign language does NOT have the status of a "shem" and thus may be erased, lehatkhila. For more information, you can read this article: http://www.shamash.org/lists/scj-faq/HTML/faq/11-03-01.html


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I once asked the Business Halacha Institute whether I can lend on LendingClub, and they said it is permitted, since you can assume the borrowers are non-Jews. I asked another rabbi, and he said you shouldn't lend to a large number of people at once since then it's likely that one of them is Jewish. Since approximately 98.3% of the USA is non-Jewish, this ...


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http://www.aish.com/atr/ http://www.dinonline.org/ask-the-rabbi/ http://www.chabad.org/asktherabbi/default_cdo/jewish/Ask-the-Rabbi.htm


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What you're asking for is huge. So huge, I honestly doubt it really exists. Here's why... You must understand that there are a number of reasons something might be Kosher: It is inherently Kosher (e.g. fruits and vegetables, water, and the like) It is a commercially produced product that has Kosher certification (or one bought in a Kosher-certified store ...


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Jewish Action, Summer 2005 edition, has a "What's the truth about..." column by Rabbi Dr. Ari Z. Zivotofsky on not meeting for the week preceding the wedding. His main point is the lack of old sources for this custom, but he does cite several newer sources and the reasons they give. See there for the details, but the reasons and post-facto rationales offered ...


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I recall having learned in the beginning of the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch that one may not recite gods name in any language when not needed. I suppose the spelling of G-d is an extension of the same idea to writing. In general. I have a problem with this approach. It seems to me that the term "god" is no different than "Hashem". In fact spelled with a ...


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It is generally permitted to begin a task on erev Shabbos which will not be completed until after Shabbos has begun when it will be completed by itself. (Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 252:1 One would be required to have the sound off and I believe contemporary poskim would require the monitor to be off as well. One should note, however that there are ...


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There are several issues: If the person is paying by data used, he is losing through your download, so you are a damager and it would be forbidden Just because the person left it open doesn't mean he doesn't mind other people using it, he might just not know how to lock it. If there is a clause in his contract to the ISP not to let others use his ...


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A good place to start would be here, on Hebrew Wikisource. It looks like their texts would meet all of your criteria.


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For Choshen Mishpat and ribis questions, I've had the Business Halacha Institute recommended to me. It has an ask-the-rabbi service (via e-mail or, I think, phone) it calls "Halacha Hotline".


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A Rabbi is an expert in his field and has studied for many years. If one needed medical advice, G-d forbid, they would never rely on "crowd-sourced" opinions of a question and answer website, but would go to a trained doctor with practical experience. If this is so with regards physical healing, how much more so when dealing with the health of one's souls. ...


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I'm no expert on Geneivat Da'at, but my gut says that if you're misleading people to get them to do something they wouldn't otherwise do, you're presumably violating this prohibition. Here on mi.yodeya, except for in certain very special circumstances, it's best if everything you say is true, to the best of your knowledge. That way, people can digest and ...



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