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The answer in my opinion is that it was accepted because it had the backing of highly influential Rabbis such as the Arizal who reputedly had hasagas (spiritual powers/clairvoyance) almost like the neviim (prophets) and hence could not have been wrong. (As evidence for these powers see the book Shivchei Arizal for some amazing accounts.) I assume he used ...


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I don't think that would qualify as the testing of Hashem which is being prohibited by that verse. The Ramban there writes (with my rough translation): פירוש כאשר נסיתם במסה שלא תאמר אם יש ה' בקרבנו לעשות לנו נסים או שנצליח בהיותנו עובדים לפניו ונשבע לחם ונהיה טובים נשמור תורתו Meaning, like they tested Hashem in Massa, that one shouldn't say "if ...


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Nope. Don't test means don't test. Not don't test --- BUT... it's different if you think it would be the most gishmacky thing since sliced kishka. Philosophically, there's enough room for people to believe, and for people to not believe. I don't see why now all of a sudden with a million dollars and a wet glass, suddenly G-d would change that.


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Not only is it forbidden, but it's a prohibition of such great stringency that, according to most authorities, a Jew must give up his life instead of having intercourse with a non-Jew (see sources quoted by Shach Yoreh De'ah 157:12), although the Rama (Even Ha'Ezer 16:2) says that such a stringency only applies in public. What is the source for this ...


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The Holy Zohar is formatted as a commentary on the 5 books of Moses. The Tikunim is formatted a series of commentaries on the first word in the Torah (Bereshis). The Zohar Hadash is additional teachings, and formatted as a commentary on the 5 books of Moses, as well as on the megillos etc. Mtuk Mdvash is a recent commentary of the Zohar by Rav Daniel ...


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The Torah says "when you enter the land of Israel, don't marry into the peoples there." There are different interpretations whether that applies only to Canaanites, idolaters, or all non-Jews -- but that's a prohibition on marriage-like relationships. The Torah also prohibits prostitution; fascinatingly, it appears that one interpretation of this (the ...


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Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Ishus 4:15 Kiddushin does not exist between a gentile and a Jew and Kiddushin is a requirement before sexual relations. also Rambam isurei bia 12:4-5 a Jewish man can be killed by zealots for relations with a non-Jewish woman. though there are a long list of restrictions which make this almost impossible to carry out in practice as ...


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The Tanya quotes "zohar 1, 206a" as saying that the 5 levels of the Jewish soul are "nefesh, ruach, neshama, chaya, yechida". [technically the zohar is only referenced as a source for the first 3 levels, but the other 2 are enumerated in a Footnote elsewhere in the tanya and I assume they can be found In the same place in the zohar]. Furthermore, a non ...



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