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A non-Jew is supposed to follow the 7 laws of Bnai Noach, one of which is not to commit blasphemy; but I don't know precisely the definition of blasphemy used for non-Jews, for that one would have to consult a halachic (Jewish law) work on the subject or ask an Orthodox Rabbi who's studied this. As for a country where the law of the land is Jewish law, that ...


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Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi did a lecture on this and he showed in the Gemara where a Man who did something purposely evil and good still came out of it not only does not get a reward but we must publish to all that the person who lied is a liar. According to the Gemara, in your case the person who sent the text should be publicly denounced as a liar with no ...


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The Ramma in hilchos Tzedaka, Yoreh Deah siman 249 16 says 'the minhag to give tzedaka in honor of the dead during Yizkor is a minhag vasikin and it helps the nishama'. The Taz brings a Beis Yosef in hilchos Yom Hakipurim who quotes a Rokeach who explains that Hashem searches a person's heart and if it would be that the dead person would be alive he would ...


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R' Natan Slifkin examined the issue of transferring mitzva credit to other people, in the course of a broader discussion of benefiting people who have passed away, in a memorial lecture for his mother-in-law, entitled "What Can One Do For Someone Who Has Passed Away?" It is available for download in essay form here. R' Slifkin points out (p. 3) that the ...


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From this article: Some say that since the patient has inspired me (consciously or not) to perform a mitzvah, a commandment, and has caused the one who prays or studies Torah to draw closer to G-d, then the patient has direct merit as a result of the prayer. Another way of understanding this is the one who prays is binding himself to the patient, ...


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This sounds similar to Antoninus's question to Rebbi on the bottom of Sanhedrin 91a. 'The body and the spirit can each get out of punishment. The body will say the soul sinned! From the moment he left me I lay here still as a stone in the grave. The soul will say the body sinned! From the moment I left him I have flown around like a bird. Rebbi answered, let ...


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the person's human intellect is granted free choice. His soul, therefore, has little influence on his physical body's actions. The question seems to assume that the soul is an outside force, whereas the intellect is the actual self. Rabbi Bentzion Shaifer defines "The 'I' who is talking to you" as a combination of the animal soul, and the G-dly soul. ...



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