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Relations with non-Jews, and laws regarding them.

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What is the relationship between Gemara -Chullin 13b and the Noahide prohibition of idolatry?

The prohibition of idolatry is an integral part of the Noahide Law, and therefore binding on both Jews and Gentiles : Talmud Bavli-Sanhedrin 56a However, in Talmud Bavli-Chullin 13b we read the ...
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Is everyone capable of prophecy?

I have spoken to people who bring the idea that Bilaam was a prophet and therefore non-Jews can be prophets. But that was specific to the context and hence is no proof. G-d wanted to give the non-Jews ...
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Rav Moshe Sternbuch's position on the belief in HaShem for Gentiles

Among the answers to the following question in this forum: Is it permitted for a Ben-Noach be an atheist? I read that, according to Rav Moshe Sternbuch, as he writes in Teshuvos Vehanhagos 3: 264 and ...
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Do the current nations also have their own angels like the 70 from in the Torah?

Do the current nations (in 2021) also each have their own angel, like the 70 nations mentioned in the Torah?
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Rambam Hilchot Melachim 10:9 Translation

I would like to share with you two different English translations of the same passage(s) from the above Halacha: עַכּוּ''ם שֶׁעָסַק בַּתּוֹרָה חַיָּב מִיתָה. (...) וְאִם עָסַק בַּתּוֹרָה אוֹ שָׁבַת ...
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What is Ramban's reasoning regarding charging interest to a non-Jew?

Sefer Hachinuch here writes that Ramban holds that when the Torah says you should charge interest to a non-Jew, it means that you can, not that you must. However, we already know that we can charge a ...
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A question regarding Moses

Question from a gentile: I wish to ask, do Jews believe that Moses never called non-Jews to the worship of one God? If Jews do believe that he did call non-Jews to one God, how did they come to the ...
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Did the Jews share some of the oral Torah's teachings and stories with the gentiles before the the 7th century?

I have found out that some Christians before the 7th century knew and borrowed concepts that are not found in the Tanakh but are found in the midrash, e.g., the story of Abraham and Nimrod, the story ...
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What is the reasoning for not entering churches and other non-Jewish places of worship?

There are multiple questions about entering churches here, most of which are marked as duplicates and pointed to this one. What none of them address, however, is why in the halacha it is forbidden to ...
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Why does a gayr make the blessing “who has not made me a goy”? [duplicate]

If a gayr was originally a goy, the way Hashem literally made him, when he was born, then how is he able to say in the morning blessings every day, "blessed are you, Hashem, our power, king of ...
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Is it permissible for a convert to care for a sick parental figure at home? [closed]

Suppose someone wishing to convert to Judaism was caring in her home for a chronically-ill adoptive parent who practiced another religion. Would this be an impediment to the conversion process? Would ...
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The daughter of a Bas Levi and a Gentile?

If a Bas Levi has a son with a gentile, the son does not need a pidyon haben. In the case of a daughter born between a Bas Levi and a gentile, is the daughter of that union a Bas Levi or an Yisrael? ...
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Mourning for a Noahide Father

This question is different than others I've read regarding mourning a Non-Jewish parent. I'm specifically interested in the case of a Noahide father and a Jewish mother who have divorced. What I ...
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Re-using non-Jewish tombstones

Previously I had a question about desecrating Jewish gravestones, but now I would have one in the opposite direction. In Christian cemeteries it's fairly common to dismantle graves after a few decades ...
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Did any of the gentile prophets receive a divine message to be directed to the Jews?

Was Bilaam a prophet to both the Jews and the gentiles ? According to the site member "Baby Seal": Bilaam's prophecy (Num 23, 24), contained much pertaining to Israel, and may have been his ...
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If God removed prophecy from the gentiles because of Bilaam's wickedness, how come that Obadiah who was a gentile was a prophet?

According to Midrash, because of Bilaam's wickedness, as emblematic of the wickedness of gentile prophets, God removed prophecy from the gentiles (Midrash Tanchuma, Balak, siman 1). From the Talmud, ...
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Sources used by Maimonides in Mishneh Torah-Avodat Kochavim 1:1

In Mishneh Torah-Avodat Kochavim 1:1 Rambam states: "During the times of Enosh, mankind made a great mistake, and the wise men of that generation gave thoughtless counsel. Enosh himself was one ...
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Gentile Writing Devar Torah [closed]

I am a gentile and I wish to write a commentary on Bereshis 1 that digs somewhat deeply into the Torah. May I do this?
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If there is no longer any Avodah Zarah, why do we need to follow the relevant halachah?

If it is accepted that Avodah Zarah has effectively ceased to exist, as suggested elsewhere on this site, why do we need to follow any of the relevant halachah, that applies to social relationships ...
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Wording of refaenu for sick person who is not Jewish

The refaenu bracha in the amida has wording to use for praying for someone who is sick. That wording ends "among the other ailing of Israel". Is it appropriate to use that wording for a ...
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Midrash on commandments for non-Jews

Note: I had recalled seeing this or a similar question somewhere on the site but couldn't find it. There's a midrash that appears in two versions (that I know of), one in Midrash Tehillim 21:1: "...
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Who is a Gentile prophet?

The Talmud tells us that there were 7 Gentile prophets: Seven prophets prophesied to the nations of the world, and they are: Balaam and his father Beor, and Job, Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the ...
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Can noahide do netilat yadayim?

I wanted to ask about the halacha of noahide based on tradition of orthodox, that according to some sources, a noahide was refrain from some blessing which required "asher kidshanu" which ...
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Why was the Shabbat goy ever permitted?

The Code of Jewish Law specifically allows using a Shabbat goy when it comes to heating a house in extremely cold weather, because it may be a matter of life or death, in which case most commandments ...
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Is Brahmoism Avodah Zarah?

Sometime during the eighteenth century, Rammohun Roy, an educated revenue officer from West Bengal who was influenced by Christianity of the East India Company, founded the "anusthanic" ...
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Can we wish a non jew, “Happy Holidays”

According to the Jewish law are we allowed to wish a non-Jewish neighbor Happy Holidays?
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Are father daughter relationships forbidden under 7 laws of Noach?

Under the sub laws of Noach http://noahide.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/The-Noahide-Dinim-sub-Laws.html 8 "Against [a man] lying carnally with his father." Negative Mitzvah 351 Leviticus ...
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Is it possible to be a Noahide and a Christian at the same time?

Rambam states that for gentiles who wish to have a place in the world to come, they don't need to convert to Judaism. All they need to do is keep the 7 laws of Noah because they were mandated by ...
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How does a gentile annul a vow?

How does a gentile annul a vow? Also, do gentiles have equal laws of oaths to Jews? Thank you
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What is the Teshuvah for a gentile marrying a Jew

Firstly, is it a sin for a gentile to marry a Jew? Second, if so, what Noahide law does it break? Lastly, what is the Teshuvah for that?
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Father is sick but he's not Jewish

My mother is Jewish and I was raised Jewish. My dad converted in the reform tradition and I know what that means. Recently he's become ill, I am scared of what that means. I am incredibly close with ...
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What is the punishment for a Jewish woman who sleeps with a gentile (Non Jewish man)? Is the man and woman both punished?

To my understanding the woman may receive lashes but what is the offense for the man? Sources please. And are they punished? Yes I am talking about an unmarried woman
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Circumcision of Yishmael's descendants

In Bereishit 17:13 we are commanded to circumcise all children born in our households and all servants bought for money, consequently Abraham performed it on Yishmael too. This is one reason why ...
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Which nations were the Cherethites and Pelethites?

Which nations were the Cherethites and Pelethites? Divrei Hayamim I - I Chronicles - Chapter 18:17 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites, and the sons of David ...
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Non-Jews pronouncing shemot kodashim defined by chumra?

I recently made a brachah on a mandarin. An acquaintance, who's not Jewish, responded enthusiastically to hearing the name of G-d that begins with "Ad...", and proceeded to wax poetic on it, ...
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Sources for using the father's name when praying for a non-Jew

Related to this answer. Earlier today I was sent a video that showed the Chief Rabbis of Israel at the Kotel making a Mi Sheberach for the refuah of President Trump, where they called him דונלד ג'ון ...
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Should I donate money to non-jewish organizations that I've benefited from, or is it better to give that money to Jewish institutions?

I was thinking that on the one hand there may be an ענין to give to a non-Jewish organization that you've benefitted from (e.g. Wikipedia) as a way to train yourself in the middah of הכרת הטוב (...
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Did the Tiferet Yisrael say that Jenner, Drake and Gutenberg believed in the Torah?

In Tiferet Yisrael (Boaz) to Avot 3, number 1, it says: ואנחנו רואים כמה מחסידיהן שמלבד שמכירין יוצר בראשית, ומאמינין בתה"ק שהיא אלהית, ועושין ג"ח גם לישראל, וכמה מהן שהיטיבו ביותר לכל באי ...
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Does Judaism insult the gentiles?

My dear brothers and sisters. I'm an Arab, from the Persian Gulf, Raised in a Muslim family but they are semi-Athiests, I have converted to Christianity since I entered the University, for there are ...
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Non-Jews being Yotzi on each other's brachot

We know that Jews are able to say brachot on behalf of each other due to the concept of "Kol Bnei Yisrael Aravim Ze-Le-Ze", or "All Jews are guarantors on behalf of one another", ...
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Are there religion-based, social interactions that are closed to non-believers?

I am not a Jew but I casually read about your religion, interested by the complexity of the rules, the way they evolved historically and their impact on the social interactions. This is partly driven ...
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Flesh from a live animal

Is flesh from a live animal permitted for a gentile to eat? Is this included in the seven commandments? I was unable to find this answer.
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Use of Jewish Decorations and Artifacts by Non-Jews

In another forum I frequent, the question of using some Jewish themed decorations and artifacts (for example Hannukah lights) by Non-Jews came up. Some felt it was a desecration, some went *meh*. My ...
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Who should perform the abortion

Everyone agrees that an abortion beyond a certain gestational age is forbidden for a Jew 1. However, there's no death penalty for it. This is unlike a non-Jew, who is liable to capital punishment for ...
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What is the halacha about lying to a Non-Jew?

Can one lie to a non Jewish person? If the answer is Yes, are there certain cases where you can't?
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Are there any foods that would be permissible for Jews to eat, yet forbidden for non-Jews to eat?

I found numerous examples in the opposite direction, food which Jews may not eat but which is permissible to non-Jews, but nothing in the direction I'm looking at
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Non Jew and Torah Study

"Rabbi Meir would say: ‘From where is it derived that even a non-Jew who engages in Torah study is considered like a High Priest? It is derived from that which is stated: “[You shall therefore ...
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To whom was the Torah given?

A midrash says: The Torah was given openly, in a public place. For if it were given in Eretz Yisrael, they could say to the nations of the world: You have no portion in it. But it was given openly, ...
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Non-Jewish garden in city eruv

There is a new eruv in the South Tottenham area, which covers part of the Jewish community of Stamford Hill in North East London. Most of the area is houses. Among the Halachic guidelines is the ...
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Learning l'iluy nishmat a non-Jew

Is it permissible to learn Torah - for example, Mishnayot - l'iluy nishmat a non-Jew?

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