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There is an established halachic principle that we do not explicitly teach Torah to non-Jews. Though the exact parameters of this law is debated, the principle issur itself isn't.

According to some shittah's, you cannot teach them any nistar/sod.

For others, the line is talmud.

And still others hold that anything outside the Sheva Mitzvos Binei Noach is off limits (though there are those with broader and narrower definitions of what that is).

There are those who distinguish between passively making available Torah (such as broadcasting a radio show that anyone can tune in to) and actively teaching Torah.

Mi Yodeya is a site that anyone and everyone is allowed and encouraged to ask Judaism related questions. I've noticed that we often have inquiries from people of other faiths. Would these circumstances where we're responding to their inquiries potentially run afoul of the prohibition of teaching them Torah?

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    Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat. – Monica Cellio Jun 2 '15 at 21:23
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    Note that the works of Hakham 'Ovadiah Yosef A"H, Hakham Mordekha'i Eliyahu A"H and HaRav Zamir Kohen SheLIT"A are electronically available for anyone who speaks/reads Hebrew. Their works include a great deal of Talmud, Torat HaSod and Halakhah. While they don't specifically reach out to non-Jews, this could be evidence enough that Mi Yodeya is well in the clear. – Lee Oct 19 '15 at 8:15
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    @Lee I disagree -the distinction is crucial. There are many works of Torah freely available online, but there is a BIG distinction in making it available and actively engaging with non Jews in the study of Torah. MY is one of the only sites that participates in the latter category, which means it might be problematic according to all opinions on the matter. – Isaac Kotlicky Oct 20 '15 at 9:14
  • @IsaacKotlicky Your question is making many very big assumptions. One about the "established halachic principle that we do not explicitly teach Torah to non-Jews" and several concerning what you call the various approaches or 'shitas' to this principle. All of this with no citations or links to any supporting sources for your assumptions. Can you please provide exact citations so your question can be understood in the proper context? – Yaacov Deane Dec 27 '18 at 15:49
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"In that era, there will be neither famine or war, envy or competition for good will flow in abundance and all the delights will be freely available as dust. The occupation of the entire world will be solely to know God.

Therefore, Israel will be great sages and know the hidden matters, grasping the knowledge of their Creator according to the full extent of human potential, as Isaiah 11:9 states: 'The world will be filled with the knowledge of God as the waters cover the ocean bed."" - Mishneh Torah, Hilchot Melachim 12:5

For the uninitiated and idolatrous, and those that don't keep the sheva mitzvot bnei Noach(the seven laws of the children of Noah), one must start their learning process of Torah, God's wisdom, in these sheva mitzvot(Hilchot Melachim 10:9).

Even the penimiut, inner dimension, of the sheva mitzvot can be learned and fully grasped by bnei Noach. The sheva mitzvot are their laws and haShem is their God. All they have to do is accept it and take on the task.

After that, it is up to them how much farther they want to go.

  • You think your being specific but you're not. Hilchot Melachim 10:9 says the goy/a"kum who studies Torah is worthy of death. This is not every non-Jew. Actually, rarely is the phrase "non-Jew" used. – EhevuTov Jun 18 '15 at 14:18
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    @IsaacKotlicky, you can see the comments here where this user made the same general point. The Chasam Sofer learns this way explicitly (the questions I have on this Chasam Sofer could fill pages, but he is who he is and I am who I am, וד"ל). However, I don't think this answer really addresses the question, as even according to the Chasam Sofer, there is a large group of non-Jews for whom this question would apply in any event. – Yishai Jun 18 '15 at 20:03
  • @Yishai exactly. The posting of a question does not constitute anything other than curiosity about Judaism. Any preexisting states of the questioner would remain extant, regardless of our splitting hairs between classifications of non Jews. – Isaac Kotlicky Jun 18 '15 at 20:43

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