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Relations with non-Jews, and laws regarding them.

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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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Name on the Front Door

Is there a reason why many Jews seem to put their names on the front door of their home? Note: Clearly there are some non-Jews who do the same, but it seems there are an overwhelmingly larger number ...
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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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Benefit of the doubt that a person is a Jew? [duplicate]

If a person in conversation makes a brief reference to the fact that they converted through Rabbi ___ (and there is a person with that name who is a reform "rabbi" in that region), is it permitted to ...
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How Shelo Asani Goy - We Are! [duplicate]

How do we say Shelo Asani Goy when we are referred to as a nation - albeit a holy one - in Shemos 19:6 וְאַתֶּם תִּהְיוּ־לִי מַמְלֶכֶת כֹּהֲנִים וְגוֹי קָדוֹשׁ אֵלֶּה הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר ...
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What is the phrase in the Munich talmud, that is used in sanhedrin 59a, for what became oved kochavim?

What is the phrase in the Munich talmud, sanhedrin 59a, for what became 'oved kochavim'? I can see a talmud online that is probably censored. https://www.sefaria.org/Sanhedrin.59a?lang=bi ואמר ר' ...
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Can a Reform Ger participate in Chabad programming?

My family has been invited to participate in Chabad programming. I know that the Orthodox do not consider me to be Jewish as I am a Reform convert, but my wife and daughter are Jews through ...
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Can a Jew encourage non-Jews to convert to other monotheistic religions?

Would it be permissible for a Jew to encourage or help a non-Jew convert from a faith that involves avodah zara to one that does not? For example a Christian (on the notion that Christianity is avodah ...
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Will a mezuzah be kosher if installed by a non-Jew?

I'm wondering if a non-Jew simply does the hammering, whether the mezuzah will still be considered kosher so long as the proper blessing is said.
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Does Bishul Yisra'el have to be a “direct” lighting?

I understand that a Jew needs to light the flame prior to most foods being cooked. Does the lighting need to be "direct"? I.e. does a Jew need to light the flame on the stove or the oven, directly? ...
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Is one allowed to continue riding in a vehicle driven by a Gentile on Shabbat?

In reading this answer, I understand that there is no concern with riding on Shabbat. Let's say that you are driving your car before Shabbat and you have a Gentile passenger. You won't reach your ...
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Non-Jewish altars and sacrifices through the history

Before Avraham, we see that many Non-[officially]-Jews [Kain, Abel,Noah, Shem] built stages/altars for offerings to G-d. From then, through the periods of the Temples and nowadays, when were the Non-...
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Does Judaism recognize prophets/prophecy outside of Israel? [duplicate]

An answer here says: The Tosefta (Sotah 13:4) states: משמתו נביאים האחרונים חגי זכריה ומלאכי פסקה רוח הקודש מישראל Once the last prophets -- Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi -- died,...
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A puzzle in the Steinsaltz’ Talmud commentary

It is written in Shabbos 83a in the Steinsaltz edition of the Talmud that gentiles are designated the status of zav. The commentary explains that the reason is “So that a Jewish child will not grow ...
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Saving a non-Jew from drowning

Some Boston-area yeshivah students recently saved a man from drowning who they didn't know was a Nazi supporter. In a comment on the story, someone claimed that the Halakhah (i.e. Jewish law) says to ...
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Why did the “Jews” separate from their wives 3 days before Matan Torah?

If a Jewish Man has intimate relations with his wife, and then the seed escapes the woman's body she becomes known as a Paletes Shichvas Zerah. Now, if that occurs within 3 days she becomes Tamei. If ...
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Stealing an idol-worshipper's only food to save yourself

In a desert where there is no water, can one take (steal) water from an idol worshipper causing him to very likely die, to be able to stay alive? I know the answer when one has no personal use for ...
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Is a gentile required to wear a kippah while studying Torah?

A Jew must not walk around with his head non-covered (Shu"A Orach Chayim 2,6 " ולא ילך ארבע אמות בגילוי הראש מפני כבוד השכינה). Is a gentile required to cover his head while studying Torah? If a ...
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Eating frozen dinner warmed by non-Jew on Shabbos

Cruise offers kosher airline meal type meals for daily lunch and dinner. Is it halachically permissible to eat if warmed up by non-Jew on Shabbos (presumably with microwave)? I assume that warming ...
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Are non-Jews allowed to recite a whole Jewish Prayer?

In Judaism, Gentiles are generally forbidden to study Torah devotedly. But are they allowed to recite a whole Jewish prayer, like the morning or the evening prayer? I was juggling some ideas but ...
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Does Jewess who wants to marry a non-converted Noachide need a ketubah?

I understand that traditionally this is prohibited, but since they are the same faith would they require a ketubah or a modified version? I read that Rav Feinstein would rather à kohen marry a Goya ...
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Are there any dress codes for righteous gentiles during prayers?

In Judaism, while not obligated to, the Jews wear Tallit and Teffilin during some prayers. What about the Gentiles - are there special clothes or items for righteous Gentiles to wear during prayers?
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Don't do as non-Jews do?

Are there things Jews are not allowed to do, per halacha, simply on the grounds that some non-Jews do it, and not because these things are bad in themselves? (These non-Jews may have a bad overall ...
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Standing in the presence of an idol / entering a room which has an idol

The question is remarkably simple (even though the answer may not be so). Is it allowed by halacha to stand in the presence of an idol or enter a room where an idol is present ? Specifically, I'm ...
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Is the Decalogue (Ten Commandments) legislation for all the world?

It is popularly believed and taught in the Gentile world that the Ten Commandments/Decalogue (Exodus 20:1-17; Deuteronomy 5:5b-21) should be kept/observed by all. For example, the Council of Trent in ...
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May one ask a non-jew to register for an event online on Shabbat?

Let's say there was a registration form for an event online. The form opens during the day on Shabbat. It is highly likely (almost undoubtedly the case) that by the time Shabbat is over, the event's ...
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Would it be right to teach Torah to a tinok shenishba if teaching him will cause him to cease being a tinok shenishba?

Say there is a person who is a tinok shenishba according to all opinions. Is there any problem with teaching him Torah if it will cause him to cease being a tinok shinishba and it seems likely that ...
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Asking a non-Jew to turn off a light on Shabbat

If I would like to turn off a light on Shabbat can I ask a non-Jew to turn off the light since it's a shvut deshvut? (ie- electricity is a derabanan and amira lnochri is also shvut)
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is it forbidden to vote for a non-Jewish president (or other government figure)?

it says in the Torah (I'm quoting from Gentiles in Halacha btw): it is written in the Torah (Deuteronomy 17:15): “Then you shall appoint a king over you, whom the Lord your G-d will choose: one ...
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Non-Jews vs Zavim with respect to entering the Temple

In Niddah 34a, the gemara says that the sages decreed tumah on non-Jews like that of a zav (translation edited from Soncino): ‮(ויקרא טו) דבר אל בני ישראל ואמרת אליהם איש איש כי יהיה זב בני ישראל ...
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Prayer regarding the dangerous premature birth of gentile friend’s baby

My dear gentile friend gave birth very, very prematurely (at @ 5 months) to her due date. The female baby survived but is still dependent on a breathing tube and is still very weak and underweight. ...
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Can one invite a Noachide to the Seder Pesach? [duplicate]

I just read that the Rogatchover Gaon ruled that a Noachide can become a Ger Toshav on his own, without Rabbinical approval (which is otherwise impossible until the yovel is declared), by simply ...
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Non-Jewish family in an Orthodox Jewish Wedding

In a case of a Ger/Convert, what role can non-Jewish parents play at the wedding ceremony? Halachically can the parents accompany their child down the aisle? Could they stand under the Chuppa? Any ...
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Half Jew half Gentile

I always thought it was a misconception to be "half-Jewish". Usually the speaker means one of their parents are Jewish, making them either fully Jewish or fully Gentile. However, I saw today that the ...
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If someone has children from a non-Jewish woman, should he try to convert the kids?

Suppose a man has children from a non-Jewish woman, though of course the marriage was forbidden. Should he try to convert the kids? Please provide arguments based on Judaism, or Jewish sources that ...
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Can a Gentile theist be saved?

I belong to a Christian family but I could never accept the fact that God can incarnate as a human. But I do not follow all 613 commandments either. I guess nobody can. I only follow Noahide ...
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Giving mishloach manot/matanot la'evyonim to a non-Jew [duplicate]

Do you fulfill the mitzvah of mishloach manot if you send to a person who is not Jewish? I assume not, because the passuk says, ומשלוח מנות איש לרעהו, "and sending gifts of food to one another," (...
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Speaking Loshon Hara about another Jew to a Gentile

Can I say Loshon Hara about another Jew to a Gentile? For example: If Reuven tells Roy that Yehudah is a stupid person. Is Reuven doing an Aveira?
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Can a gentile pronounce a blessing for a Jew? Are there songs I can sing that will bring peace?

As a chaplain I sing Christian hymns for those who are dying and for the family after death, while still present with the one who died. There is also a final blessing. It brings a deep peace for the ...
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Distinction between Bnei Noach and Goyim

Can someone please explain to me the distinction between Bnei Noach and goyim especially with regard to their halachic obligations or lack thereof.
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Is hastening death of a Jew allowed for a non-Jew?

A Jew may not do anything which will hasten the death of another Jew. This is a selection from here, by Rabbi J. David Bleich (I added the bolding) The practice of euthanasia-whether active or ...
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Jews and Gentiles [duplicate]

For what purpose were the gentiles created by Hashem ?
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Why isn't borrowing from non-Jews forbidden because of Devarim 15:6?

Devarim 15:6 says "For the Lord, your God, has blessed you, as He spoke to you, and you will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow; and you will rule over many nations, but they will not rule ...
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Can a Jewish doctor refuse to treat a wicked non-Jew?

Ignoring any Secular law issues, Is a Jew obligated to save the life of a wicked non Jew? Does it make a difference whether his refusal will become publicly known? Example: If a non-Jew who is a ...
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Is it allowed to live in a place which has brazen Avodah Zarah?

Is a Jew allowed to live in a place which has brazen Avodah Zarah? I'm talking about places like India, China and Cambodia. While Christians worship idols as well they say that doing so is wrong. I'm ...
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Source for it being a mitzvah to make fun of Avodah Zarah?

I've heard from multiple Rabbanim that it is a mitzvah to make fun of Avodah Zarah. I have been performing this mitzvah with pleasure for many years and I would like to know the source for it.
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Was Moshe punished for converting the Erev Rav?

Does anything in the Torah mention that Moshe was punished for converting the Erev Rav and taking them out of Egypt?
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Does a Ben Noach, who keeps the seven mitzvot but has bad hashkafah, get punished by Hashem?

Does a Ben Noach, who keeps the seven mitzvot but has bad Hashkafah, get punished by Hashem? For example, if the B'nei Noach says things that are kefira for a Jew like saying that the Oral Torah is ...