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Relations with non-Jews, and laws regarding them.

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Non-Jews and Torah

According to Mishneh Torah, Kings and Wars chapter 10 paragraph 9: A non-Jew who busied himself with Torah is liable with his life112 From Heaven, because others will see him perform Mitzvohs and ...
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By what authority, and roughly when, did Judaism concede that adoption of Noachide laws was an acceptable alternative to conversion?

I. Introduction. According to: B. Shabbat 145b-146a. "Rabbi Yoḥanan then explained to them: Why are gentiles ethically contaminated? It is because they did not stand on Mount Sinai. As when the ...
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Goy eating matzah with treif

For context, my fiance is a reform convert in the UK. I fully support their conversion but, as I lack any real spirituality, do not feel I could sincerely convert myself (despite knowing that my lack ...
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Learning Torah from a Non Jew

Can someone learn torah from a non jew? I know a Jew can't teach a non jew torah that doesn't apply to him (Tosafos, Chagiga 13a; S"A Hil'TT). However, is there an issue with a Jew learning Torah (...
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On the halachic level, what are the requirements for a Gentiles couple to be considered married?

My question may seem bizarre, since in our age marriage is a juridical institution widely regulated in every nation, with the presence of witnesses and a precise registration in public registers; ...
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If a non-Jew wears a kippah at the Kotel, does it imply that he believes in G-d?

Shalom brothers and sisters (I believe that all humans are siblings). I'm an agnostic non-Jew who will be visiting the Kotel. I want to use a kippah there if it is only to show respect for people. But ...
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Questions about gentiles, the Kotel and kippot [closed]

I'm an agnostic non-Jew. I will be visiting Jerusalem. Can I go to see the Wall? Can I touch it? Will I be asked to wear a kippah?
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Is there an analogy between the concept of “sefirot” and that of Hindu “devataas”? [closed]

I am an Italian noahide. I recently discovered that relevant rabbinic authorities have changed the traditional orientation of the Jewish position towards the Hindu faith, considered in the past to ...
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Rav Kook's interpretation of the “wise Gentiles” in Mishneh Torah-Hilchot Melachim 8:11

I am an Italian Noahide As it is known, in Hilchot Melachim 8:11 Rambam states: “Anyone (Gentile) who accepts upon himself the fulfillment of these seven mitzvot and is precise in their ...
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May a Jew act as a godparent to a Christian child?

A Jewish friend was recently asked to be serve as a Godparent (Godfather) to the child of his Christian friend. I would like to know if a Jew may accept such a request and if not why not.
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Which witch should not live?

"מְכַשֵּׁפָ֖ה לֹ֥א תְחַיֶּֽה׃" "You shall not tolerate a sorceress." (Exodus 22:17) Is the commandment of not allowing sorcerers and the like to live specifically against Jewish sorcerers or also ...
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Why mention healing everyone after the restroom and Jews in the amida?

After we use the restroom, we recite a benediction praising God for our ability to do so. The benediction ends by referring to him as the one "who heals all flesh", viz all people. In the amida ...
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Hebrew “work” calendar PDFs … where?

Many years ago I came across a nice PDF that listed yontif dates for the coming years. It was an easy way to share a long-distance heads-up of when I’d be out of the office and “unplugged”, without ...
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Would you say this phrase in bentsching while eating at a gentile’s house?

Someone ate their own kosher meal at a gentile’s house. Would they still say the following phrase? הָרַחֲמָן הוּא יִשְׁלַח לָנוּ בְּרָכָה מְרֻבָּה בַּבַּיִת הַזֶּה, וְעַל שֻׁלְחָן זֶה שֶׁאָכַלְנוּ ...
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Mishloach Manot - Does the emissary have to be Jewish?

I have a very good friend that lives far away from me and I'd very much like to send Mishloach Manot to him. Is there any rule/halacha/minhag that states that the emissary/third-party (shaliach) of ...
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Was there a Soreg in Bayit Rishon?

I understand there was a little fence in Bayit Sheni called "HaSoreg"/"The Grille" which was meant to warn away gentiles and tme'im from entering the Chayil part of Har Habayit (according to the ...
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Walking in front of a Muslim who is praying

There are a number of questions on Mi Yodeya dealing with the halachos (laws) of walking in front of a Jew who is praying, for instance When you're trapped by someone Davening behind you There is ...
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Inviting non-Jews to a Shabbos meal - practical considerations

What are practical guidelines or tips to have in mind when hosting a non-Jew on Shabbos? Examples would be explain to them they shouldn't touch the lights, e.g., in the bathroom making sure they don'...
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May a catholic take the nazerite vow? [closed]

If a non-Jew takes the nazirite vow, may they be granted supernatural strength like Samson? Speak to the Israelites and say to them: If anyone, man or woman, explicitly utters a nazirite’s vow, ...
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NonJews in a MIkvah (not in the water)

Is there any halachic reason why a nonJew should be forbidden from going into a mikvah room (not into the water) without a Jew present? (e.g., for cleaning or for other purposes)?
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Is a gentile permitted to learn the original Hebrew of the Torah?

I've been reading the Divine Code by Rabbi Moshe Weiner and came across this in Part I 5:2 note. 91 "...(1) It is also prohibited for a Jew to teach Torah to gentiles in the canonised Hebrew or ...
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can a sibling go to a burial in a non jewish cemetery

A Jewish man married to a non-Jewish woman dies. He is buried in either a non-Jewish cemetery or in a section designated for Jews. Can siblings go to the cemetery for the burial or a visit?
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Must One Remove the Mezuzot from a House Rented to Gentiles?

Is there any obligation to take down your mezuzot if a house you own (and live in some of the time) is rented to Gentiles for an extended period of time (e.g. over 30 days)? I ask because I recently ...
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Why would a non-Jew offer a sacrifice?

It seems that gentiles are allowed to offer burnt sacrifices, and may do so anywhere in the world. They do not need the Temple. A Jew may even instruct a gentile on how to do this. What is the ...
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What happens to a non-Jew in the afterlife? [duplicate]

Suppose you were born on an island where you have never met a jew in your entire life, where you have never seen a synagogue before, never seen a rabbi before. What happens to your soul, if you are ...
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What is the reason the religious adherence is currently inversely proportional to the standard of living? [closed]

It is a well-established fact that the most religious modern societies are the poorest, having the least life expectancy, most infant mortality, hunger, wars, wild animals and everything that's on the ...
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Can a non-jew submit names for Mi Sheberach?

Can a non-jew submit names for Mi Sheberach (either Jews or non-Jews)? On shabbat during the Torah reading?
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How can having witnesses to a crime lessen the punishment?

This answer describes a scenario where if a sin (relations with a non Jew for purposes of marriage) is committed without witnesses, one gets punished with kares, but if there are witnesses he gets ...
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Is Hamas equaled to Gezel for Gentiles?

The Torah says the Earth was filled with Hamas before the flood and [because that was equaled to Gezel] what caused G-d to get angry and wipe the humanity out. In our Halachah (B"K 62), Hamas is ...
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Can a gentile work for a Jew on Shabbat?

There is a rabbinic decree that a Jew may not ask a gentile, right before Shabbat, to do work for him because he might do it on Shabbat [Gittin 8b]. But in the Mishna [Shabbat 1:8] Hillel allows it, "...
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At what age is a Ben Noach responsible to perform his “mitzvot”? [duplicate]

Jews are responsible for mitzvah performance at age 12 - girls and 13 for boys. (There is, as I understand, Rabbinical discussion regarding some specific mitzvot that they may be responsible when they ...
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What sons of Noach are the nations disposed of by Edom, Ammon, and Moav descended from?

Edom disposed of the Horites, Moav and Ammon the Rephaim/Emim/Zamzumim etc. (Devarim 2:10-12) What sons of Noach are these peoples descended from? If they’re giants (Emim/Zamzumim), are they ...
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Resurrection of the dead. Only Jews? [duplicate]

One of the Maimonides' 13 principals is the belief in resurrection of the dead but what is the qualifier for this? Does this only include Jews? Does it only apply to the righteous? Will Noachides ...
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Teaching Torah to circumcised non-Jews

In his supercommentary to Rashi Genesis 7:2, R. Yissechar Ber Eilenberg cites the following from his teacher R. Mordecha Yaffe: וטעם שאסור ללמוד תורה לגוי הוא מפני הערלה שבו ויש בו סוד שלא להכניס ...
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“It is not good for man to be alone” : Is this some sort of commandment, and does it apply to b'nei Noach?

וַיֹּ֨אמֶר֙ יְהֹוָ֣ה אֱלֹהִ֔ים לֹא־ט֛וֹב הֱי֥וֹת הָֽאָדָ֖ם לְבַדּ֑וֹ אֶֽעֱשֶׂה־לּ֥וֹ עֵ֖זֶר כְּנֶגְדּֽוֹ: ‏ And the Lord God said, "It is not good that man is alone; I shall make him a ...
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Non Jews in Shul choirs?

What is the Halacha and the Minhag regarding Non-Jews in Shul choirs at religious services led by a Cantor?
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Gentile driving for you on Yom Tov

May a Jew be driven somewhere by a Gentile on Yom Tov? If so, what are the conditions which would allow this to be possible?
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Gentiles and Kibbud Av V'im [duplicate]

I wondered if anyone knew the reason that kibbud av v'im is not one of the Noachide laws? Seems like a pretty universal ethic that should be applied to everyone. Why isn't it? Does anyone know any ...
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Prayer during non-Shabbat or morning minyan [duplicate]

This may be an odd question, but is it typically permitted or tolerated for a gentile to pray in a synagogue during "off" hours (I.e. not during Shabbat, morning minyan, or any yom tov)? Do any Jews ...
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Tznius in front of Gentiles [duplicate]

Aside from certain modesty laws that govern a persons behavious even in private, there are certain laws that govern the activity of Jewish women in the presence of men (like singing, or dressing in a ...
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What age should be a Goy to be spared and how it is determined?

אִם־לֹא תַשְׁלִים עִמָּךְ וְעָשְׂתָה עִמְּךָ מִלְחָמָה וְצַרְתָּ עָלֶיהָּ׃ וּנְתָנָהּ ה"א בְּיָדֶךָ וְהִכִּיתָ אֶת־כָּל־זְכוּרָהּ לְפִי־חָרֶב׃ רַק הַנָּשִׁים וְהַטַּף וְהַבְּהֵמָה וְכֹל אֲשֶׁר ...
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Taking charity from non-Jewish sources

Is one allowed to take welfare from the state government? I've heard that it causes kitrugim on klal yisroel, like the story in kiddushin with buying the poroh adumah from the Romans.
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Does Isaiah 66 say that the non-Jews can keep Shabbos?

Given the context of Isaiah, I always seen the expression כל בשר as a reference to am yisroel, given the expressions of לא רחמה and לא עמי in Hosea 1-2. I've always understood it as all Israel in its ...
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Don't rely on rov for general blessings, but do for tevila

The Mishnah Berurah (215:20) brings from the Chayei Adam (Kelal 5) and Pri Megadim (Pesicha LeHilchos Berachos) that even if there's sfek sfeka (a double doubt) telling you to make a blessing, we don'...
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Fulfilling commandment to be fruitful & multiply w/ a Gentile? [duplicate]

If a Jewish man without children lives in a place where there are no other Jews and does not have the resources to leave that place and move, then is he permitted to fulfill the Torah commandment to ...
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Is there a rule that non-Jews cannot mention the name of Hashem during prayers?

I have heard someone asking if he can mention the name of HKBH and then he said why is there such a rule that he can't... I never heard such a thing, here is his question: "Should we not say the name ...
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Is it Bishul Akum if a gentile boils non potable water?

If a gentile boils non potable water (water that can't be consumed without being boiled), does such water have a status of Bishul Akum? Is water fit to be served by a King's table?
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Appropriate bat mitzvah gift from non-jew

I am attending my bosses's daughters bat mitzvah and I'm not sure what is appropriate to give as a gift. I was thinking just cash or gift card like I would do for any other birthday party I would go ...
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Does positively critiquing a business (owned by non-jews) fall under the prohibition of “not to grant them favor?” [duplicate]

The Shulchan Aruch in Yoreh Dead 151:14 (seemingly based on Devarim 7:2 and Meseches Avodah Zarah 20a) states that it's forbidden to praise a non-jew, including their actions. Does this issur include ...
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Historical Records of Noahidism

Are there any pre-Talmudic recordings of the teachings of the 7 Noahide Laws? I understand all 7 are found in Genesis but what is the earliest record of a structured idea of these 7 being necessary ...

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