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Relations with non-Jews, and laws regarding them.

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Can Gentiles Perform a Vasectomy?

Can Gentiles perform a vasectomy once there is an understanding that they are not obligated to have children? If it is prohibited, what principle is it linked to? If vasectomy is prohibited, would ...
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How would you define this list of breakaways from Judaism?

I don’t know so much about history and theology, but I saw the following list and I was hoping that someone could help me understand it; I saw R Dovid Gottlieb in "Reason to Believe" ...
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Can Jews attend a Muslim wedding? [closed]

I have a close Muslim personal friend who is getting married soon. Being a close friend, I was invited to his wedding. The wedding takes place in a conventional event venue (i.e., not a mosque or any ...
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May a non-Jew who has not undergone gerus teach Torah to Jews?

Shalom. I recently gave answer on Mi Yodeya here: Does coming to God near death count less than coming to God when times are good? I took a chance on this. I wasn't sure this was lawful. As explained ...
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Translation problems in Bible vs Tanach [closed]

Where might I find the translation problems in a Christian Bible, specially the Tanach? I am wanting to look academically and comparatively at the texts, and can’t seem to find a solid conversation or ...
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Who was Tzimtzemai Malketa?

In Shabbat 63a it says: "On the topic of Jerusalem, Raḥava said that Rabbi Yehuda said: The logs of Jerusalem used for fuel were from the cinnamon tree, and when they would ignite them, their ...
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What is the היתר to have long bangs and hairdos nowadays?

I remember hearing that there were gentiles from years ago (not sure what time period) that used to leave a lot of hair on the front of their heads and would have the rest of their hair either shaved ...
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Book on Noahides by Sefardi Chief Rabbi

I heard from someone that there is a book on Noahides written by the Sefardi Chief Rabbi. But, I couldn't find it. Does anyone know of this book, if it exists and which book it is?
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Davening for Gentiles in Sim Shalom

With the invasion of Ukraine and other atrocities in the back of everyone's mind, I've been wondering if it is proper to pray for Gentiles in the bracha of sim shalom. Obviously the nusach seems to ...
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Is "Reason to Believe" correct that other persecuted national didn't survive? [closed]

(Note: This question has been closed here for being off-topic, so anyone who's interested in this please see https://history.stackexchange.com/questions/69620/what-religions-were-persecuted-and-...
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Yibbum and Jewish brothers who share a Gentile father

Suppose there are two brothers who share the same Jewish mother and non-Jewish father. One marries a Jewish woman but subsequently dies childless. Does yibbum/chalitzah apply in this situation, or are ...
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Rulings that are only to be observed in face of Jews

Some laws concerning other people are understood to be observed also to non Jewish persons; e.g. that is is forbidden to murder. Others have been interpreted to be valid only towards Jews; e.g. ...
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Is a gentile who studies the Torah liable to death or highest respect?

In Sanhedrin 59a it is written that a Gentile who studies the Torah is liable to receive the death penalty. Maimonides also confirms this in Melachim uMilchamot 8:10. However, there is an apparent ...
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How long does a minor convert have to reject their conversion before it becomes permanent?

An underage (< 12 for girls, < 13 for boys) gentile child can be converted to Judaism under certain circumstances, but they have the right to renounce this conversion upon reaching adulthood. My ...
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Examples of forbidden behaviors for Jews permitted toward gentiles

I heard that there are Mitzvos that forbid certain behaviors toward fellow Jews but allow or prescribe those very behaviors toward gentiles. What are some examples of such Mitzvos?
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Sanhedrin 59a Prohibition Gentile Torah Study

I recently watched a video of Rabbi Manis Friedman discussing the obligations responsibilities for Noahides. To crudely summarize his argument: roughly speaking Jews are commanded to bring Heaven down ...
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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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