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Chilul Hashem is the prohibition against causing G-d's name to be disgraced. Conversely, Kidush Hashem is the commandment to cause G-d's name to be respected and sanctified.

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Why does Hashem, Who is all-merciful, let children get cancer and suffer and die? [duplicate]

Even if there are reasons beyond human comprehension, the seemingly unjustifiable cruelty of letting/making children (and their families!) suffer makes Hashem “look bad” in some people’s eyes. It’s a ...
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Are Jews allowed to give gentiles gifts to avoid chillul hashem

The general Halacha from the Talmud in Masechet Avodah Zarah is that Jews are not supposed to give gentiles gifts randomly due to the prohibition of Lo Techanem. However I am curious if it is ...
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Torah Scholars, Shirt Stains and the Death Penalty

Shabbat 114a: ואמר רבי חייא בר אבא אמר רבי יוחנן: כל תלמיד חכם שנמצא רבב על בגדו — חייב מיתה And Rabbi Chiyya bar Abba said that Rabbi Yochanan said: A Torah Scholar with a fat stain found on his ...
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May Jews do Negiah for social etiquette

In Halacha, Jews are generally obligated to refrain from touching other Jews of the opposite gender. My question is, what about cases where refraining from handshaking (not affectionate touch) would ...
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Cases of Jews commiting crimes - what are the limitations on how individuals should respond

I'm not sure exactly where it comes from, whether it be our cringe at chillul Hashem, our chizuk in the mitzva of Lashon Hara, our reluctance to hand over fellow Jews to non-Jewish authorities, our ...
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Can one pretend to sin in order to save his life?

If someone is attempting to coerce a Jew into committing a sin publicly - aside from the three major sins - and his desire is just that he should violate the Torah - not for a personal gain - would he ...
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Is it a Kiddush Hashem to be kind to a gentile?

I always thought that it was a Kiddush Hashem to be nice to non-Jews because it would reveal that Jews are kind, and that Klal Yisrael is full of wonderful people. But does it halachically count as a ...
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וְאֵין דִּבּוּרוֹ בְּנַחַת עִם הַבְּרִיּוֹת - Chillul Hashem for Torah scholars not speaking pleasantly to people - Limits and definitions?

Yoma 86a discusses various types of chillul Hashem, and one is as per the title. This is quite a serious statement, yet is also very vague (a terrible combination!). What are the definitions and ...
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Informality in addressing God

In Hebrew or English, people are addressed as "you". But in many other languages, such as French or Italian, there is a formal way to address people (vous, lei) and an informal way (tu, tu). ...
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Is there a mitzvah to do chesed for a non-Jew?

If I give a non Jew a ride, is that considered a chesed? I’m sure it’s considered a kiddush hashem but is there a mitzvah of chesed? Should one go out of his way to find these mitzvos of chesed, like ...
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Returning found item to house of idolatry

If one finds an item which belongs to a house of idolatry, should or could they return it to the institution? Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat 266 and commentaries discuss the idolators and returning ...
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Is being raised a "secular" Jew considered a chillul Hashem? [closed]

For someone that gets raised in a non-religious household, but who is descended from Jews (at least matrilineally), for them to not be religious, is that considered a chillul Hashem?
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Is declaring that you don’t want to do a sin “for now”, a chillul hashem?

If someone proposes doing a sinful act (e.g Avoda zara) and you respond by saying that you are not interested “for now”, is that considered a chillul hashem, as you may want to sin in the future? In ...
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If the name of an idol is used as an exclamation by someone, is laughing forbidden?

The name of a certain idol is commonly used (in the United States at least) as an exclamation, typically displaying surprise/anger etc. Suppose someone was describing their disdain over something in ...
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Is discussing a specific occurrence of a previous sin a chillul hashem if it’s known you’ve done the sin before?

The Kesef Mishneh on Hilchos Teshuva 2:5 says that revealing a previously committed sin to someone who doesn’t know you’ve sinned is a chillul hashem. If that person knows you’ve done the sin before ...
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Does sinning in front of another jew constitute chillul hashem?

The Kesef Mishna (Teshuva 2.5) writes that confessing a private sin publicly is a chillul hashem if someone is there who wasn’t previously aware of the sin: בעבירות מפורסמות שבין אדם למקום, מותר לו ...
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Would buying kosher meat serve as identifying one as being a "religious jew"? [closed]

Suppose if one is shopping at a grocery store and is checking out with food including kosher meat. If that person isn't wearing any other Jewish signs (e.g tzitzis, kippah, etc.), is that enough to "...
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If someone was in a situation where they were supposed to die “al kiddish Hashem”, and didn’t, are they supposed to commit suicide? [duplicate]

For the three sins of murder, idol worship and immorality, one is to give their life over rather than transgress. If one was in such a situation and transgressed, is it a mitzvah for them to kill ...
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What happens if one isn’t sure if ten Jews are watching? [duplicate]

The Gemara (Sanhedrin 74a-b) rules that if ten Jews are present when a non-Jew threatens a Jew to perform any sin - even to dress like a non-Jew - on pain of death, the Jew is obligated to give up his ...
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Kiddush H' rather than retzicha of a Nochri?

Are you supposed to make a kiddush H'--that is, sacrifice your own life--rather than be m'ratzech a nochri, Gd forbid? If not-and this is the more important part of my question, because I think the ...
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Would suicide be considered acceptable if it was done to prevent yourself being sacrificed to an idol deity?

This is an oddly specific question but the thought came to me and I wanted to know what your opinions on it would be. Historically speaking, human sacrifice was a regular occurrence in various pagan ...
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Killed al Kiddush Hashem

Is there a source for the notion that someone who is killed "Al Kiddush Hashem" is not held accountable for his sins and goes straight to Gan Eden? Does this apply only when dying willingly?
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Government-forced mixed swimming

Mixed swimming is prohibited even for older children. How should we react if the government would try to force such upon us? Would we e.g. have to let ourselves be killed rather than obey? Note: ...
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Must one die al Kiddush Hashem in cases of doubt?

In the Rambam's Mishneh Torah Yesodei haTorah Chapter 5:2, he explains that a Jew must die rather than perform idolatry, murder, or gilui arayos. Does this also apply in cases of doubt? (i.e whether ...
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Can my bad (but not sinful) behavior create a chilul Hashem?

The Rambam (Yisodei Hatorah 5:10-11) writes that there are two ways to commit a chilul Hashem: either to sin, or to behave in a (otherwise non-sinful) manner that people view negatively. However he ...
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Taking Unclaimed Luggage From an Airport

The Gemara in Sanhedrin 76b says that one is not allowed to return a lost item to a non-Jew. The Gemara speaks very harshly of one who does this. The Rambam (Hilchos Gezeilah 11:3) codifies this ...
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If I have behaved badly, should I hide the fact that I'm Jewish?

If, G-d forbid, a Jew should behave badly in public (anything from simply doing something quite embarrassing, to being rude, to making a scene/causing a disturbance, to actually [ch"v] committing a ...
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How can a Jewish convict repair public Chillul Hashem? [closed]

I'm going to use the recent conviction of Sheldon Silver as an example. Synopsis / Context (esp. since the above link may become a "cobweb" link: Silver, a 71-year-old veteran lawmaker who was ...
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Denying non P.C. Beliefs [duplicate]

If one's flavor of Judaism incorporates a belief that is frowned upon by our misguided secular society and he is questioned on that matter, is he permitted, forbidden, or obligated to deny that he ...
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Death Penalty for Desecrating God's Name?

In light of some of the recent embarrassing criminal incidents involving visibly religious Jews in the United States, it made me think of something I had read once ( or vaguely remember reading ) that ...
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Were Zimri and Cozbi inside or outside?

Bamidbar 25:6 says: וְהִנֵּה אִישׁ מִבְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל בָּא, וַיַּקְרֵב אֶל-אֶחָיו אֶת-הַמִּדְיָנִית, לְעֵינֵי מֹשֶׁה, וּלְעֵינֵי כָּל-עֲדַת בְּנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל; וְהֵמָּה בֹכִים, פֶּתַח אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד.‏ ...
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Burning the Israeli flag [closed]

Is burning the Israeli flag a chillul Hashem? (See 1:15 in video)
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Can not obeying a Gentile's opinion of Shabbat time cause a Chilul Hashem?

My understanding is that Chilul Hashem - desecrating G-d's name can be caused when Gentiles have a negative opinion about Jews from observing wrong behavior, even if the behavior may be halachically ...
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Attending a Bar Mitzvah at a Reform Synagogue

Do any contemporary Orthodox poskim discuss the matter? What potential problems could arise from attending, or from not attending, if the Bar Mitzvah boy is a close relative?
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Minyan in public area

If a minyan is in a public hallway, blocking an exit at the end of that hallway, does the minyan have any halachic status to stop non Jews or women from walking through to reach that exit? This ...
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Kedusha as pertains to G-d

Throughout our prayers we talk about G-d's Kedusha. For example, we say "Ata kadosh", "Nekadesh es shimcha", etc. Kedusha is generally translated as "holiness". Holiness, in turn, generally refers to ...
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Is someone killed by force called Kiddush Hashem?

Is someone who was killed for being Jewish without having been given a choice to save himself by transgressing the Torah, called a kodosh?
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Fourth Graders, Museum and Chillul Hashem

When I was in fourth grade I remember our field trip to the museum. However, I always beared in mind what our teacher said either before we went to the museum or on the bus going there. She told us, "...
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Is there a halachic problem with the Columbia University seal on the floor of the library?

The seal of Columbia University has the YKVK (G-d's 4 letter name) on the floor of the library. People walk on the seal. Is this chilul Hashem or is there some other halachic problem with this? Does ...
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Do we have a right to not be ambassadors?

The expression Or LaGoyim is thrown around a lot, but generally it means that we have a duty to be good ambassadors for G-d. But what if we're tired, or we're in a hurry, or we're just not in an ...
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Does Publicizing Kiddush (or Chillul) Hashem Constitute That?

If someone (Jew of gentile) exposes an act of kiddush (or chas v'shalom chillul Hashem) to the world, does that person fulfill (or make him self guilty of) the same? (Based on this comment.)
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Can a non-Jew perform a kiddush/chillul Hashem?

If a non-Jew does an act which would be considered a kiddush Hashem or chillul Hashem if done by a Jew, does it have the same status?
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Ripping garments when hearing Hashem's name?

I've heard in a kabbalah shiur on web yeshiva, if someone says Hashem's name as it's written, either b'shogeg or b'meizid, the person or people that heard must rip their garments as they do when a ...
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Is it ever a Chillul Hashem to discuss Torah principles?

The Rambam explains one type of Chillul Hashem as follows (מיי' הל' יסודי התורה פ"ה הי"ד): ויש דברים אחרים שהם בכלל חילול השם, והוא שיעשה אדם גדול בתורה ומפורסם בחסידות, דברים שהברייות ...
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What did the Akeida accomplish that Avraham didn't already?

Avram stood up to Nimrod (which meant him being sent into a fire). This demonstrated his ultimate self-sacrifice for God, publicly. What more did the Akeida accomplish?
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What are the parameters of Kiddush ha-shem?

Kiddush Hashem, the sanctification of the name of God, is often associated with choosing death rather than violating a core tenet of Judaism (this is known as dying "al kiddush Hashem"). However, more ...
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Why is giluey arayos one of the big 3?

I get why murder and idol worship are things you have to give your life up for. But why is giluy arayos - sexual sin so fundamental as to require a person to give up one's life? I'm looking for a ...
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Does one make a blessing if preparing to die al kiddush Hashem?

If one is reasonably sure that he is about to die al kiddush Hashem does he make a blessing before fulfilling this mitzvah? What would the nusach (text) of this blessing be? Note: I realize that even ...
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What is the Issur of Nivul Peh based on?

I am wondering what exactly the Issur of Nivul Peh is predicated on. Is it: That such words shouldn't be spoken from a person's mouth; or That its a cause of chillul Hashem ...
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Is there a problem with protesting Jewish-owned businesses?

Is there an issue of publicly protesting a Jewish business, such as by picketing or boycotting, being a chilul Hashem? Are there any other (halachic or other) problems? What if you believe that the ...
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