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Thank you for your sensitivity in asking this question. As pointed out in comments, you are actually Jewish (whether you follow Judaism or not). But as you say in your question, you've been raised with Christianity and it doesn't appear that you've rejected that. You see Judaism as part of your cultural background, if I'm reading you correctly, the way ...


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The only thing that would be offensive is if you posed as accepting the Jewish faith and then went around telling everyone that they have to believe in Jesus.


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A star of David necklace is not a ritual object (just pretty jewelry), and I've never seen anybody take offense at one being given by a non-Jew. This is, in fact, one of the safest Jewish items you can buy; were you to try to select books or ritual objects, you would quickly run into matters of differences in tradition and would risk getting the "wrong" ...


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This can be found in Rashi, Onkelos, and Ibn Ezra. To cite a post about this on Balashon: The word tzohar (or tsohar) appears only here in the Tanach and there are a number of explanations for the meaning: window (Onkelos, Rashi, Ibn Ezra) - based on tsohorayim צהרים - noon. The light of noon is compared to the light entering the ark via the window. ...


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The 3 letters on the back are one of G-d's 72 names derived from Shemot 14:19-21. See here. You can find websites online that connect each of the 72 names to different things, but I have no idea if that is authentic Kabbala or new-age mumbo jumbo. This was discussed somewhere else on this site, but I can't find it right now.


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It means "cosmic match" and does not have any religious meaning (as the word "cosmic," as it is transliterated there, does not originate in hebrew).


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BS"D, Hakham Eli Mansour makes this connection 'al pi HaRav Shimon Schwab in his shi'ur on Parashat Ki Tisa 5774 (link, see 17:15-28:00). HaRav Mansour explains HaRav Schwab by starting with the fact that it was the men who gave the gold from their earrings to Aharon after their wives refused to hand over their jewelry for the purposes of 'Avodah Zarah (for ...


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The Lubavitcher Rebbe specifically discouraged giving a ring at any time during the engagement. (The practice in Chabad is to give the diamond ring* in the Cheder HaYichud after the Chuppa, and even other gifts are not given directly, or at least not with witnesses). This is apprently explained at length in a Sicha of Nasso 5741, which unfortunately is not ...


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It appears that the wedding ring worn on the right hand is originally a European custom. The custom at the chupah is to put the ring of the kallah's right pointing finger not the "ring finger". The "ring finger" on the right and left hand is a custom picked up from the nonJewish inhabitants of a local area. How the Ring Is Given Despite the fact that ...


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See my answer to a related question. In summary, if your watch gives you personal joy, according to many opinions, you should say Shehechiyanu. If the new watch makes you more punctual to appointments when you were chronically late, then, perhaps your friends should also say "Hatov Vehamaitiv" :-) :-)


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See the Aruch Hashulchan, who says this was started as a way to beautify the mitzvah of tzizis ie. ze keili v'anveyhu. He does take issue with this practice though, as the ikkar mitzvah (main part of the Mitzva) is on the middle part of the tallis, not the head, as the mitzvah is levisha (wearing) and not the head wrapping ie, ittuf. Thus, some wanting ...


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You can see a series of commentaries on Bereshit 6:16 here. Some of the more relevant ones include Ibn Ezra צהר. מקום שיכנס ממנו האור והוא מגזרת צהרים. Bereshit Rabba "צֹהַר תַּעֲשֶׂה לַתֵּבָה" ר' חוניה ור' פנחס ר' חנין ור' הושעיא לא מפרשין ר' אבא בר כהנא ורבי לוי מפרשין ר' אבא בר כהנא אמר חלון Rashi (quoting the above midrash) "צהר" ...



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