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Does the Torah encourage monotheistic evangelism? [duplicate]

Although Judaism is not a proselytizing religion in the classical sense, is there any responsibility to bring non-jews to monotheism and away from idolatry?
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Can you pray or study torah in a non-Jewish cemetery?

There is a large non-Jewish cemetery near where I live. It has beautiful grounds and is open to the public for visiting. Is it OK to pray or study Torah there?
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Is Unitarian Christianity עבודה זרה? [duplicate]

According to Wikipedia: "Unitarians believe that mainline Christianity does not adhere to strict monotheism, but that Unitarians do by maintaining that Jesus was a great man and a prophet of God, ...
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Are there examples of Sasanian censorship in the Bavli?

The talmud Bavli was compiled and edited in Iraq while Jews were under the rulership of the Sasanian empire. There are (unfortunately) ample examples of the Bavli being censored by Christians I would ...
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Visiting/using a decommissioned ex-church

Visiting sites previously used for idol worship asks about visiting a historical site previously used for idolatry, and talks about ruins and the possibility of extant religious symbols. My question ...
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Source for Ramban regarding Devarim 30:7

According to Ramban (in the context of Vikuah), Devarim 30:7 applies both to notzrim and ishmaelim: וקראתי להם פרשת והיה כי יבואו עליך כל הדברים האלה הברכה והקללה אשר נתתי לפניך, וגמר הפרשה עד ...
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Is one allowed to sleep in a room/house where there are images of JC, Virgin Mary and other avodah zarah?

Is a Jew permitted to sleep in a room/house where there are idolatrous images on the walls, such as JC, virgin Mary, etc.? What about non-Jews?
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Should one wish for the destruction of buildings of idol worship?

Two sequential questions, prompted by the Notre Dame fire: Is one obligated to wish that places of idol worship are consumed if they already are on fire? (I would think so, given e.g. OC 224:2) If so,...
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Is there any work that specifically refutes the claims of Martin Luther in “The Jews and Their Lies”? [closed]

Recently I learned about Martin Luther's anti-Jewish book, The Jews and Their Lies which makes all of the accusations of anti-Semetism against him make a lot more sense given that they're explcitly ...
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Are Jews allowed to contribute to the reconstruction of the Paris cathedral?

I assume most of you have already heard about the sad events that happened yesterday in France. One of the main symbols of Paris, a functioning cathedral caught on fire and caused huge damage to the ...
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Is it lawful,for the Noahide Laws, the thesis of Gentiles Christians according to whom Jesus has a divine nature but he is subordinate to God? [duplicate]

I am not a christian but I am an Italian noahide, therefore I do not believe in the divinity and messianicity of Jesus the Nazarene. I clarify that my question, being relevant to the application of ...
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Is it forbidden to help idolaters become righteous Noahides?

I heard from a Rabbi who cited Rambam that it is forbidden to help idolaters do teshuvah. Does that mean it is forbidden to persuade them that they follow fake religions and that Judaism is the only ...
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Is the “wicked son” of the Haggadah an apostate Jew?

I've seen a few sources that seem to understand that the wicked son of the Haggadah was an apostate Jew, who converted to Christianity. See for example, this answer and linked article, as well as ...
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“Children Of Miracles” quote

UPDATE: I reached out to one of the ministries listed below and was told that this was said by RABBI SCHNEERSON. So if anyone knows of a message, whether printed/published or audio/video, of Rabbi ...
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The first day is sunday [duplicate]

According to jewish law, The First day is Sunday and hence Shabbat falls on Saturday, unlike the Christains who says Monday is the first day. How can we know that Sunday(and not Monday) Should be ...
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The acronym יש״ו ימח שמו וזכרו

Is there any connection between the acronym יש״ו ימח שמו וזכרו and ישו the person? Is this just a coincidence, or does the acronym actually originate with the historical ישו?
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Is there a problem with buying a Christian a Christmas gift?

To make the question easier, suppose that the recipient of the Christmas gift is a devout Christian who actually celebrates for religious reasons. Potentially there are several issues with buying a ...
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Is calling The LORD as “Father” common during Jesus time?

Most of the time I hear from some Christian friends that the "Father" name for to The LORD was founded by Jesus. Because I find it odd (if Jesus was the first person to start calling The LORD "...
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Christian engravings of Tanakh passages on the ground

Recently, I went to a liberal Christian seminary to use their library materials. Throughout the building, English translations of passages from the Tanakh (and probably the Christian New Testament) ...
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Is someone allowed to enter into a church to please his father or save a life? [closed]

Let's suppose that someone is a Jew by conversion (Ben Noach) and his father is Christian. If he goes to church (assuming that in the church they practice idolatry by worshipping the trinity) just to ...
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When, halachically, does a sect of Judaism become an independent religion?

When Christianity began many followers considered themselves Jews, the same could be said for followers of Shabbtai Tzvi. I don't believe there is anyone today who would argue that a child born to ...
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Are there references to Jesus in the Jerusalem Talmud?

In my online search I have not come across any references to Jesus in the Talmud Yerushalmi. I realize in the Bavli sometimes he is not identified by name or passages are censored/removed. I would ...
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Do Jews consider Jesus to be a magician?

With black magic you can do amazing things, including bewitching people's senses, for example, to see things, hear things and feel certain sensations, whether emotionally or physically. Often when a ...
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Sefer Nestor Hakomer Online?

Does anyone know if it is possible to find the (hebrew) text of Sefer Nestor Hakomer, an old jewish apologetic book, available for free online?
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Graven Image Question

Can someone give me sources from Tanakh and Halakhah on why it is permissible for a Jewish [certified kosher] bakery to make images from Christianity and their winter holiday? And if it is permissible,...
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Attending a christian Funeral in a church

Is it permissible for a jew to attend a christian funeral service ? Specifically, in a church ? If so, is it a serious breach of jewish law ? How serious ? How can one perform redemption for such a ...
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Could Jesus have been a Rabbi?

Jesus was called a Rabbi during a time in history when being a Rabbi really meant something. He lived during the time of semicha, and his responses are often Rabbinic in nature. And so this begs the ...
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Hizzuk Emunah in Hebrew online

Hizzuk Emunah ("Faith Strengthened") is a Jewish response to Christian missionaries, composed by Lithuanian Karaite scholar, Isaac ben Abraham of Troki. I managed to find an English version of this ...
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Is there a Jewish theology equivalent to Calvinism?

I have a question that may seem odd, but bear with me. Basically, I'm wondering whether there's any Jewish theology analogous to Calvinist Christianity. I am NOT wondering about the salvation/...
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Would you buy “Bible for Children” for a 2.8 year old toddler?

[This is not a duplicated question - I am asking here about specific book if it's a good read or not. The last part is asking for recommendations.] I have bought lots of books to my toddler, such as ...
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Does wealth cause spiritual difficulties?

A passage in the Christian gospels implies that money will impact a person’s ability to get into heaven. I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell ...
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Are followers of other Abrahamic faiths considered Noachide?

Are Christians, Muslims, Samaritans, Bahais, etc considered Noachide, and do they have a part in the world to come? What about Karaite and Falasha Jews?
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Entering a Catholic or Protestant church [duplicate]

According to Jewish Law, is one allowed to enter a Catholic or Protestant church?
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What is the “good of marriage” in Jewish thought?

In Christian philosophy, many ancient philosophers such as Aquinas and Augustine speak about the "good of marriage." Marriage is "good", they argue, because it leads to offspring, chastity and ...
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Is reading Toldos Yesh"u on Nittle-Nacht minhag? Who keeps it?

Toldos Yesh"u is a medevil polemical Hebrew text or related texts that describe a story of Yesh"u ha Notsri. It is not cerain when first written but scholars guess anywhere from 500 to 1000 CE. I want ...
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Can a believer in Jesus do teshuvah [closed]

I believe in Jesus and also believe in the way the Jewish faith see God so I am asking how can I do teshuvah while not losing my faith? Is it the same steps since I’m a gentile?
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A dying man designates a disciple to care for his mother — does that carry any legal weight in Judaism?

(I originally asked this question on Christianity.SE, and was redirected here for a better understanding of the Jewish laws and culture.) I’m hoping someone can help me concerning ancient Jewish laws ...
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Is there such a thing as a kosher replacement for the egg on the Pesach plate?

Is there such a thing as a kosher replacement for the egg on the Pesach plate? I just don't like an invited guest making a comparison to the Easter egg.
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Were children ever given the honor of reading the Torah scroll in the first century? [closed]

Given that in the first century, Jewish boys were taught the Torah from ~6 to 10 in the synagogue, was there ever any likelihood of an exceptionally-literate and gifted pupil being selected to read ...
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Does it say anywhere in all of the Torah that John the Baptist will be the reincarnation of Elijah the Prophet [closed]

Does it say anywhere in all of the Torah that John the Baptist will be the reincarnation of Elijah the Prophet and that he will come before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes? "And if you ...
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Is there a prophecy in the Torah that predicts that a prophet will come from the town of Nazareth

There is a passage in the Christian books that says that the Tanakh predicts that a prophet will come from the town of Nazareth. Does it actually say that anywhere? I want to know what, if anything, ...
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Is it correct to say that in the Jewish tradition the honorary title “Maràn” has never been used to refer to HaShem?

I am an Italian gentile believer in HaShem, who engages in the observance of the noahide precepts, as commanded by the Creator in the Torah. In the numerous debates I have with my catholic christian ...
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Are professor Daniel Boyarin's writings about the messiah supported in traditional Jewish sources?

I bought and read the Italian edition of the book “The Jewish Gospels.The story of the Jewish Christ”, written by Daniel Boyarin, a professor of Talmudic culture at the University of Berkeley. I was ...
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Star of david with cross in middle? Okay to have (tattoo Question) [duplicate]

firstly I understand that tattoos are forbidden in many ways, I am not Jewish, however I come from a christian family whom down the line there are Jewish members down the line. long story short I ...
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Is it allowed to say the country name “El Salvador”?

שולחן ערוך יורה דעה סימן קמ''ז says that it is forbidden to even mention the name of an עבודת כוכבים. Assuming that "Jesus" counts as this, is one allowed to say the name of the country "El Salvador"? ...
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Is it mentioned anywhere in all of the Mishna or the Talmud that Paul of Tarsus was a student of Rabban Gamaliel

Is it mentioned anywhere in all of the Mishna or the Talmud that Paul of Tarsus was a student of Rabban Gamaliel? Acts 22:3 I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet ...
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Are you permitted to listen to Christian music which forms songs directly from the text of the Psalms? [duplicate]

There is a band called Sons of Korah who make music with lyrics taken directly from the English text of Psalms, without any additional lines. (They obviously took their band name from the Biblical ...
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Can Moshiach die?

I was reading this post and struck me that one of the reasons why Jesus is not considered to be the Messiah in Judaism is because he died (for example see the bottom of this answer, or this one or ...
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The status of Christian bibles nowadays

In Shulchan Aruch OC 334:21 it is established that holy scripture written by a pagan should be burnt, האפיקורסים דהיינו האדוקים בעבודת כוכבים וכן מומרים לעבודת כוכבים שכתבו להם כתבי הקודש אין ...
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Paul being sent as a double agent by the Sanhedrin

I think there's a pretty popular conspiracy theory supposedly based on a censored Midrash that Paul was sent by the Sanhedrin to revolutionize Christianity in order to fully differentiate it from ...