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Questions related to how Judaism regards or relates to the Christian religion or its followers. NOTE: Questions that require independent expertise in Christianity to answer are off-topic.

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Is there a prophecy in the Torah that predicts that the messiah will be a Nazarene [duplicate]

There is a passage in the Christian books that says that the Tanakh predicts that the messiah will be a Nazarene. Does it actually say that anywhere? I want to know what, if anything, their text is ...
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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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Did Jesus wear tefillin? [closed]

Tefillin1 are boxes containing Torah verses, worn by Jews on the head and the upper arm, in accordance with instructions in Exodus 13:9, 13:16, and Deuteronomy 6:8, 11:18. There is a great deal of ...
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What Jewish References Exist of the Rise of Christianity and Jesus? [closed]

The New Testament records interactions between Jesus and Jews, and according to historical accounts, he lived in places with Jewish communities, in addition to condemning some. The earliest Torah ...
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Do Jews consider Jesus to be a magician?

With black magic you can do amazing thing, including bewitching people senses for example to see thing, hear thing and feel certain sensation whether emotionally of physically. Often when a Prophet ...
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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 weath 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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Why does Shabbat start at 5 PM on Friday? [duplicate]

Why does Shabbat start at 5 p.m. on Friday, and not at Friday sunset (like Seventh Day Adventists do) or at Friday noon?
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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 SA 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 מצילים אותם ...
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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 ...
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Where does it come from to call the founder of Christianity yashka padrik [duplicate]

There are many people that say we shouldnt even say his actual name but where does it come from to call him yashkah padrik.
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Disproof for Christianity? [closed]

The Kuzari begins by disproving Aristotelianism, Christianity, and Islam, after which it proves Judaism. The Kuzari's disproof of Christianity is essentially as follows. Seeing is believing; if you ...
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Did Zechariah predict the coming of Jesus [closed]

Did Zechariah predict the coming of Jesus? One will say to him, 'What are these wounds between your hands?' Then he will answer, 'Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends. Zechariah ...
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Easy method to convert Jewish dates to Gregorian dates?

Does anyone know of a method to make converting Jewish calendar dates to Gregorian calendar dates easy? Also, is there a program or website that does this?
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Does the Arizal really say Yeshu was the reincarnation of Eisav?

This web article, on page 4, states that the Arizal taught in Sefer HaGilgulim, chapter 67, that Yeshu (Jesus) was the reincarnation of Eisav. I tried looking for the Sefer HaGilgulim online, but I ...
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Christian praying

According to Jewish law, is it permissible for the Christian to Pray in Hebrew Call on G-d as Hashem, Elokim, Adonai in prayer Who accept Torah/Tanakh as beneficial even when translated Note: I am ...
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Displaying the Star of David with a cross inside of it [duplicate]

I belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Would it be appropriate for our congregation to display a cross surrounded by the Star of David? What does this mean?
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Rabbi Zeira and Matthew 6, 1-4

I would like to know something about Rabbi Zeira (The short one with singed legs; Bava Metsia 85a). I read that a medieval polemicist (R. Shem Tov, XIV century) compares the saying of Jesus, contained ...
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What is the Jewish attitude towards heretics and other religions?

In Christianity, the general atmosphere is "Heretics and members of other religions are all completely wrong, and they are all going to Hell unless they repent and accept the Truth as we define it". ...
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What is the Jewish understanding of the Holy Spirit? [closed]

Christians believe in the Holy Spirit. They believe that the Holy Spirit is the third hypostasis of the Trinity, and is thus 100% God. What Christians called the "New Testament" talks about the Holy ...
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Can i write the letter “t” without worrying that I'm making a cross?

Is it important for a Jew to avoid making the letter "t" without the curl on the bottom in order to avoid making a letter that looks like a cross? Is it something that some communities try to avoid ...
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Christians Allies of Gog and Magog

This Wikipedia article concerning Gog and Magog says Rashi wrote that the Christians would ally with Gog and Magog to destroy Israel, only to be thwarted in the end. Where does he write this?
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Is doctrinal unity enforced in Judaism and if so, How?

In Catholicism we have the concept of the Magisterium. The Magisterium is the official teaching office of the Church and consists of all the bishops who are united to the Pope. The Magisterium is ...
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What overlap is there between the attributes of God in Judaism and the attributes of God in Christian classical theism? [closed]

I'm Catholic, not Jewish, but I've always been curious about Judaism. Especially seeing as the Old Testament is largely the same as the modern Jewish bible (with the exception of the deuterocanonical ...
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Rav Chaim Volozhiner and Nittelnacht

In discussing the minhagim of Nittelnacht with a few people, I was told that Rav Chaim Volozhin "abolished" Nittelnacht. I don't know why Chaim Volozhiner would have any shaychis to Nittelnacht at all,...
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Did the Vilna Gaon study Torah on Christmas?

I'm looking for some information (sourced) about the Vilna Gaon and Nittelnacht. Did the Vilna Gaon avoid the study of Torah on the night of Nittel (Christmas) as was done by some European ...
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Jesus and the Pharisees, Matthew 12:24 [closed]

If the accusations of the Pharisees against Jesus are put to a logical test they turn into a fallacy in Matthew 12:24. This is why I would love to hear the input of you guys. Matthew 12:24- 27: But ...