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Relations with non-Jews, and laws regarding them.

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Can a Non-Jew visit an Synagogue and its services without the intention of Conversion? [duplicate]

I have an honest question. Can a Non-Jew visit an Synagogue and its services without the intention of Conversion? I believe in G'D but i would not consider that I seek the Pathway of Conversion. ...
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Does Being Buried next to Christians Affect the Soul of a Ben/Bat Noach?

I asked this question once and never got an answer and part of it is because historically the only reasons why Gentiles approached the Jewish community was either to convert them or for blood libels. ...
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Does belief in the abrogation of the Torah by the NT disqualify a Ben Noah?

The Rambam in Hilchos Melachim 8:10-11 (see also Likkutei Sichos vol. 26 p. 132) rules it is a prerequisite of the 7 Noahide Laws that Gentiles bide by them because it says so in “the Torah of Moses&...
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Teshuva Gentiles [duplicate]

Hello I have a question: I read that teshuva does not work for non-jews. Sources: https://judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/45798/teshuva-and-non-jews MY question would be if this is really true ...
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Is it ossur for a Jew to have gentile friends? [duplicate]

It is said that there is wisdom in the nations. Chassidus teaches that Jews have more vessel and less light, and non-Jews have less vessel and more light. There seems to be a possible good that comes ...
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Are gentiles accepted as witnesses by a Beis Din in civil law arbitrations?

I assume a gentile is not kosher to give eidus in general, (women, minors etc excluded - kal vekhomer gentiles..) although I may be mistaken. But in a civil case brought before a beis din for ...
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What meals violate the Noahide Law against eating flesh torn from a living animal?

I recently learned that, per the general understanding of the Seven Noahide Laws, Gentiles cannot eat flesh torn from a live animal. How would this look in practice? What meals would violate this law? ...
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7 Mitzwot and Gentiles in Hell for the Sins of Israel

I have a few questions: It is said that Hashem is the God of ALL people. But then how can it be that many Jewish sages destined non-Jews for "hell"? I picked out a few examples for you: (...
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My great grandmother, my grandfather’s mother was Jewish [duplicate]

My great grandmother was Jewish, she gave birth to my grandfather named Avraam, who is my father’s father. Am I considered Jewish?
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Is Chumash and Judaism relevant to a non-Jew like me?

Personal story & question. Signed up just to ask this. I'm a non-Jew (that's why I'm posting this on Shabbat) and I've been learning about Judaism for the last couple of years or so. There isn't ...
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Does Kahuna continue with a man who marries out but whose son then marries a Jewish woman? [duplicate]

I am 99.44 % sure of the answer to this hypothetical situation. But I want to remove any doubt. I will set it out in this manner: Reuben Cohen is, in fact, a Kohen. He marries a gentile woman who does ...
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Belief-with worship only towards HaShem - in the real existence of intermediaries between the Almighty and the Gentile Nations

I am an Italian Noahide. There are several discussions in this forum about shituf, understood as associating other entities with HaShem. Unless I am mistaken, it is generally held that on the halachic ...
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May a gentile look like a Jew?

It seems that Jews ought to be distinguishable from the other nations. There are many accounts, especially from insular communities, of people changing little details in their dress just to be ...
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Where does the teaching come from that a non-Jew studying for conversion must violate Shabbat?

I've seen the answers here that say a non-Jew may not keep Shabbat, although I would definitely take issue with the green check-marked answer there that uses Sefer Shofetim, Hilkhot Melakhim ...
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Gentile owning a tallit

I am a Gentile. In my naïvete I bought a tallit katan a couple of years ago. I did not know the halakha regarding these things at the time. I very soon realised that I should not wear it, and it has ...
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No gentiles in gehinnom?

I was listening to a discussion, and the Rabbi said that some of the sages had the opinion, that non Jews do not enter gehinnom. This is the second time I have heard this. My question is as follows. ...
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Acceptability of gentile fasting

Something was brought up in a lecture by Rabbi Mizrachi (I'm not sure which video) where he says that Muslims try to follow everything Jews do--and they try to "one up" so to speak. The ...
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Are Bnei Noach allowed to produce any images as long as it isn't pagan imagery?

From what I gather the prohibition on the production of images is a Mosaic law, so are Bnei Noach exempt from this?
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Is Harry Potter considered to be problematic?

Is there any halachic problem with a Jew reading the Harry Potter series? I know some people are against it, so wondering if there are any solid prohibitions involved beyond bittul zman, bittul torah, ...
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Are gentiles included in the mitzvah of having children? And would a gentile who fathered children need to have Jewish children after conversion? [duplicate]

In the literature of the 7 mitzvot bnai noach, is procreation a subcategory of one, perhaps arayot?
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What are some religious items that a gentile can make and still be kosher, if any at all?

I'm a gentile. I'm talking about items related to the fulfillment of mitzvot and there are some that are not so obvious to me, they are: tefillin(just the boxes and straps) tallitot shofarot sukkot ...
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How should a Jewish person respond to antisemitism?

It is a sad reality that Jewish people are often faced with discrimination, be it in the workplace, on the street, or online. I myself have experienced antisemitism from time to time. Hatred against ...
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Is killing a Gentile not murder? [duplicate]

Israel Shahak claims in his Jewish History, Jewish Religion (1994, p.91) that "according to the Jewish religion, ... a Jew who murders a Gentile is guilty only of a sin against the laws of Heaven,...
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The halachic framework of abortion for the Gentiles

I am an Italian Noahide. The Noahide ban on murder also includes the killing of a fetus ( see Rambam's Mishneh Torah-Hilchot Melachim 9:4 ). I have read that according to a Talmudic tradition, I do ...
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Modesty for a Goya

My Noahide female friend has taken on modest attire, so as not to be a stumbling block. There are still pictures of her on friends' social media, in many of these she is dressed immodestly. My ...
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Non-Jew Allowed in the Sukkah

I heard in a class that there is either an prohibition or at least an inyan not to have a non-Jew in the sukkah. What is the source for this?
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What's Tosafos' doubt regarding non-Jews and life saving abortions?

Tosafos on Sanhedrin 59a has the following discussion: ועל העוברים דעובד כוכבים חייב וישראל פטור אע"ג דפטור מ"מ לא שרי מיהו קשה דאמרינן בפרק בן סורר ומורה (לקמן סנהדרין דף עב:) יצא ראשו אין ...
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Is a child born to a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother, considered a non-Jew in the same regard as a child born to two non-Jewish parents?

I thought to myself it must be, in general, considered differently in Judaism, but I haven't found written sources for that yet. Is the first considered differently in the Torah than the second?
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What is the punishment for a Jewish non-married woman who has relations with a non-Jewish man?

I have heard that the punishment is that she will forever be Zonah but I have no sources
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Does [Ma'achalot Assurot 17:22] establish any type of cooking Oil is kosher?

We read in Ma'achalot Assurot 17:22 that : The oil of gentiles is permitted. One who forbids it commits a great sin, for he rebels against [the teachings] of the [High] Court who permitted it. Even if ...
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Does a beis din have reshus to punish a nochri?

According to Shulchan Aruch EH P22S2 ושמאי והלל גזרו על ייחוד כותית נמצא כל המתייחד עם אשה שאסור להתייחד עמה בין ישראלית בין כותית מכין את שניהם מכת מרדות This seems to suggest that the beis din ...
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Source for at least considering non-Jewish interpretations?

I remember reading that there was a letter (Geonic, I believe) advising his correspondent to look at the interpretation of a local Christian clergyman of a pasuk; that his was better than the one that ...
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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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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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