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Taking advice from Astrologers

I read in kitzur shulchan aruch a law not to take advice from astrologers and I would like to know how far to take this in the example of the following book. There is a book on astrology called The ...
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What zodiac system is used in Jewish horoscopes - sidereal or tropical?

The zodiac systems are repeatedly discussed in various Kabbalistic treatises, including the Sefer Yetzirah and the Zohar. However, what is the zodiac system there: tropical or sidereal? Tropical - the ...
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Belief-with worship only towards HaShem - in the real existence of intermediaries between the Almighty and the Gentile Nations

I am an Italian Noahide. There are several discussions in this forum about shituf, understood as associating other entities with HaShem. Unless I am mistaken, it is generally held that on the halachic ...
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What is my Zodiac sign? [closed]

I was born on the 25 of Tishrei 1981 at approx. 5:30 PM. According to most secular astrologers I am considered to be a Libra/Scorpio cusp sun sign (Oct. 19-25). Tishrei is considered the month of ...
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Meaning of Monen in Kabbalah

I came across the term "monen" but have been unable to find much information on it in scholarly or scriptural sources. The main information online appears to be a kabbalah-related stub on ...
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Zodiac of Adar I

The zodiac sign of the month Adar in a non-leap year is Pisces (Dagim). But what kind of Adar I, which is in a leap year? Two months cannot have the same zodiac sign.
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Is it permitted to have zodiac symbols in a synagogue?

Many shuls in Eastern Europe have painted zodiac symbols (albeit in a rather symbolic manner) on the walls or ceiling. However, it is stated directly in the Mishneh Torah that one may not draw the ...
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Is numerology an acceptable Jewish practice?

Is numerology an acceptable Jewish practice, and if so how does one differentiate between it and non-Jewish forms? According to Wikipedia Numerology is any belief in the divine or mystical ...
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Zodiac Signs for gaining insight into the nature of ones children

i read that the GR"A said its invaluable to know the zodiac signs to gain insight into the nature of ones children to better know how to raise them. Does anyone know any information about being born ...
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Knowing when Someone will die

There seems to be an idea that it is possible to be able to divine when a person will die. The Chizkuni mentions (on Vayikra 16:21, "בְּיַד־אִ֥ישׁ עִתִּ֖י הַמִּדְבָּֽרָה׃ ") [from sefaria] “by the ...
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Probabilities vs תמים ? Weather forecast etc

There is an issur to ask astrologers (Pess. 113; Shul.Ar. YD 179,1). And Rashi says (Dev. 13, 18) התהלך עמו בתמימות ותצפה לו ולא תחקור אחר העתידות So, is then a problem to ...compute probabilities? ...
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Astrology and Judiasm [duplicate]

Do Jews believe in astrology as an established fact of how Hashem controls the world? Or was it just a superstition that made its way in from the gentile world?
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To which philosophers does the Rambam refer in his letter about astrology?

In a responsum written to the rabbis of southern France, the Rambam makes reference (paragraph 10, here) to Greek and Persian philosophers who disprove astrology, but doesn't name them. אבל חכמי ...
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Can I get the Rambam's correspondence with the French rabbis online?

I recently read an article by Rabbi Yaacov Schwartz in the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society (Fall 1988) titled "Jewish Implications of Astrology." In the article, he quotes the Rambam in ...
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Does the Zodiac really have influence on our lives?

Ancient thought, even among the rabbis of the Talmud, was that the Zodiac controlled certain Earthly events. In Hebrew, the signs of the Zodiac are מזלות, now known as "luck". For example, in Shabbat ...
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Is "Siman Tov u'Mazal Tov" Halachically problematic?

Literally translated, this is what is commonly said in the Jewish community, upon hearing very good news (typically life-cycle events as such as engagement, marriage, birth). "A good sign and a ...
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Can one go on a boat during the 9 Days?

I had heard that one should not go on a boat during the 9 Days because going on the water is dangerous and one should not go on a dangerous trip during the 9 Days. Is there any truth to any ...
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What is a ger's birthday in terms of Jewish astrology? conversion date or birth date?

In terms of Jewish astrological signs and influences on people, per Kabbalah, would a ger use their actual 'birth' date or their date of conversion which is considered a rebirth?
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Astrology in the Torah

The Torah seems to have many examples where astrology is deemed real. (such as the astrology predictions that Moshe would be struck by water which made Paraoh throw the Jewish males in the Nile river. ...
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Why did the Egyptian "astrologers" tell Pharaoh that a savior would be born?

רש"י suggests that Pharaoh's astrologers told him that they had a vision that a savior would be born on a certain day (שמות א:כב & שמות א:טז). Assuming the “astrologers” had no real power of ...
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Source for "Ein Mazal B'Yisroel"

I know that there is a Gemarah (somewhere in Shabbos I think), that discuses birth signs, based on days of the week and month. The Gemarah ends with Ein Mazal B'Yisroel and a few stories that ...
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Merit and Ein Mazal L'Yisrael

The Gemara (Shabbos 156b) tells a story with Shmuel and a non-Jewish astrologer named Avlait. They observed people entering a swamp. Avlait said that a certain man would not emerge from the swamp ...
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