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Are garden gnomes Chukot Hagoyim

According to Halacha, are garden gnomes classified as Chukot Hagoyim, or not? I ask because on the one hand, they are not associated with idolatry nowadays, however they are a custom of non-Jewish ...
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Is Tosefta Avodah Zarah misinterpreting the Talmud with regard to prohibited sexual relations for gentiles?

It is taught in a baraita in accordance with the opinion of Rabbi Yoḥanan: Any forbidden sexual relations for which a Jewish court administers capital punishment are prohibited to a descendant of Noah,...
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Is there a biblical or rabbinical prohibition to commit mortgage fraud?

To simplify the question, assume a situation where the lender is a Jew. If it doesn't fall under the rules of Geneiva, is it possible it's Oshek? And in the case of a non-Jewish lender, does the rule ...
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Need the "how" steps to ask legitimate non-judgemental regarding issues needing resolution to inspire peaceful negotiation

Children are expected to ask questions. Jewish people are supposed to answer those who ask regardless of their knowledge/upbringing - i.e., the four sons represented in the Haggadah. In order to ...
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How are we to understand future prophecy fulfillment concerning extinct nations?

In Isaiah , the prophecy about the root of Jesse, there is reference to the people of Moab,Ammon and edom and of nations like Shinar (Babylon) which have already passed away. There are other such ...
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Should you say a beracha when you see a gentile child prodigy

The Talmud in tractate Berachot 58a mentions a beracha that should be recited when you see a gentile scholar. Many poskim hold it is required for the scholar mentioned in the Gemara to observe the ...
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Avodah Zarah and non-Jewish houseworkers

Does a Jewish homeowner need to be concerned that non-Jewish maids might perform idol worship with his possessions? Would this make any of the things in his house forbidden, or no? What precautions is ...
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Are gentile shrunken heads assur to own

According to Halacha, is it assur to own a gentile Shrunken head? The reason I ask is because my understanding is Halacha prohibits Jews from owning things made like the human form, even if not actual ...
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Dream Catchers as a Native Noahide [closed]

I am Native, and I want to buy a dream catcher, but I'm afraid it'll be bad to have as a noahide. I don't believe it has mythical or magical stuff I just think it's pretty to have in my home. Should I ...
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Can Noahides have a prayer book?

I heard somewhere that Noahides are not supposed to have a prayer book while others say it's okay. I'm not sure if having a prayer book that isn't the Jewish siddur permissible?
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Does chinaware need Tevilat keilim

According to Halacha, does chinaware need tevilat keilim when it is bought by a Jew from a gentile or no? Is this question a machloket amongst the different poskim?
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Does bikur cholim apply to a non-Jew?

Does visiting non-Jewish sick fulfill the mitzvah? Or is it only for Jews?
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Understanding ערלים comparisons

In Pirkei DeRabbi Eliezer chapter 29 (uncensored version), we read: ולמה מלן, בשביל הטהרה שלא יטמאו את אדניהם במאכליהם ובמשתיהם, שכל מי שאוכל עם הערל כאלו אוכל עם הכלב, מה הכלב שלא נמול כך הערל שלא ...
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Does Bishul Akum follow the rules of the location of cooking or eating?

Although it is forbidden for a Jew to eat food cooked by a gentile (YD 113), there are some exceptions - notably, food that is regularly eaten raw (113:1), or food that is not fit to be served by a ...
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Are gentiles obligated to help Jews do teshuva?

Rabbi Yaron Reuven says that one of the top obligations of gentiles is to "help Jews become more Jewish." "The goyim have to help Am Yisrael do teshuva." Is there a source in Torah ...
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May Jews benefit from non Jewish prostitution

To my understanding of Halacha, Jews are prohibited against prostitution/harlotry, but gentiles are not, as the noahide laws don’t have the same prohibition against pre marital sex. However, may Jews ...
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Are Jews allowed to give gentiles gifts to avoid chillul hashem

The general Halacha from the Talmud in Masechet Avodah Zarah is that Jews are not supposed to give gentiles gifts randomly due to the prohibition of Lo Techanem. However I am curious if it is ...
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Medium Consultation For Gentiles

Are gentiles allowed to consult mediums or talk to spirits? The prohibition of witchcraft and the like is not explicitly mentioned in the Noahide laws as far as I'm aware, but I could see it going ...
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Is cyber sex forbidden? How is it forbidden, what are the punishments, and rectifications? [duplicate]

As I've been advised, cyber sex (with a jew or goy) is forbidden, but I'm unsure as to what specifically causes it to be forbidden, what the punishments are for performing it, and what rectifications ...
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Is it forbidden דרבנן to withhold the wages of a gentile labourer?

The Gemora in Sanhedrin 57a states: אלא אמר רב אחא בריה דרב איקא לא נצרכה אלא לכובש שכר שכיר כותי בכותי וכותי בישראל אסור ישראל בכותי מותר Rather, Rav Aḥa, son of Rav Ika, says that there is a ...
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Each word of Torah is its own mitzvah for gentiles?

This is a quote from an article I read on torchweb.org "The Vilna Gaon in Shenos Eliyahu explains that each and every word of Torah that we study is its own separate mitzvah with its own separate ...
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How To Remember The שבע מצוות בני נח?

I once heard an easy way to remember the שבע מצוות בני נח: א = אבר מו החי ב = ברכת השם ג = גזל ד = דינים ה = הרג ו = גילוי עריות ז = עבודה זרה I am not sure if I am remembering ג ו & ז right - I ...
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Should gentiles follow more than just seven Noahide laws?

I know that gentiles must follow the 7 Noahide laws. But are there any other moral principles branching out from these that are highly recommended for everyone to follow? In totality, when completely ...
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Can a Ger be a Christian or another who worships any of Gd other than the Gd of the Torah?

Christians will use Deuteronomy 10-18, and other verses with "ger" to say that they are also equal in Gd's love for his people. I was wondering if a Ger could apply to an idol worshiper, as ...
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Does halacha specify all that non-Jews should or should not do?

I see many questions here about what non-Jews in general, and Noahides in particular, may or may not do according to halacha. Does halacha have an answer to every question about what non-Jews should ...
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May a Jew Benefit from non-Toiveled utensils

According to Halacha, is it permissible for a Jew to benefit from selling non-Toiveled utensils to non-Jews or no? For example, if Jews decide to buy up the rights to a silverware company that sells ...
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May gentiles acquire other gentiles as slaves

According to Halacha, is a gentile allowed to acquire another gentile as a slave? Jews are allowed to have other Jews be slaves, so does the Same principle apply here? Say that the law allows for it ...
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Obligation of rebuke with non halachic converts

In my understanding, the command to rebuke a sinner only applies if we have reason to believe the sinner will listen. As example, an atheist Jew who breaks Shabbat and won’t listen to rebuke there’s ...
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Do non-Jews have a mitzvah of "blood redeemer"?

B"H Today's Rambam, H. Rotzeich 5:4 says וְעַכּוּ''ם שֶׁהָרַג אֶת הָעַכּוּ''ם בִּשְׁגָגָה אֵין עָרֵי מִקְלָט קוֹלְטוֹת אוֹתוֹ שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (במדבר לה טו) "לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל": When one ...
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Against Gentile causing others to sin

Are there prohibitions for gentiles inciting other gentiles to sin? What is the proper way for gentiles with respect to these matters?
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Can you volunteer at a library, even if you must shelve books about idol worship?

Large university libraries probably hold books about religions which contain idol worship. (They might also hold books about sexual immorality and murder.) Libraries make books available to the ...
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Do religious Orthodox Jews wish non-Jews ‘Happy holidays’? [duplicate]

I have seen various opinions online and on this website. But I am looking for an Orthodox perspective. Do Torah observant Jews ever wish: "Happy holidays" during Christmas, New Year, Easter, ...
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Do gentiles have the obligation of giving charity to help the needy?

The only source I found that relates to charity and gentiles is that Jews are expected to give charity to help the non-Jews in their environment for the sake of "darkei shalom". Given that ...
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Are B'nei Noach prohibited from learning Torah? Why/why not? [duplicate]

I am compelled to ask this because from personal observation, more and more Noahides are studying the Torah WITH the supervision of some Orthodox and non-Orthodox rabbis, although it is also the case ...
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Is a non-Jew permitted to light a menorah?

Is it ok/respectful for a non-Jew to light the menorah?
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Were there prophets, in and out of Israel, who were not recorded in the Tanakh? [duplicate]

Were there prophets, in and out of Israel, who were not recorded in the Tanakh? Have other sources determined the identities of some of them? Please cite the sources, if any. Thanks in advance.
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Can the Sandak be a non-Jew?

This question discusses other roles a non-Jew could take in a bris but leaves the Sandak question open: Can a non-Jewish person participate in a bris?
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Non-Jewish philosophical defense of religion

Is there an issue, Hashkafically or otherwise, with using a non-Jewish philosophical argument to defend the belief in Hashem or utility of religion without referencing the Torah? Like referencing Leo ...
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How does one reconcile the fact that Avraham Avinu proselytized to non-Jews and yet Judaism is not a proselytizing religion?

I've read that Avraham Avinu proselytized to anyone he encountered, encouraging them to acknowledge HaShem as the Master of the Universe and express gratitude to Him. Yet, it is generally understood ...
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Why does Rambam say "gentiles marriages' are not recognized" in Melachim uMilchamot, Chapter 8, verse 3?

He mentions this as he clarifies the rules about having relations with/marrying a captive during war: "Relations with a yefat toar are only permitted while she is in captivity as the verse states ...
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Proselytizing the covenant?

https://youtube.com/shorts/RuNO7R0885c?si=Fwc-02_yqnv-LfDi in this, rabbi Asher Meza of “Torah Judaism international” seems to claim that proselytization is not only allowed, but even a good thing to ...
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Can a non-Jew give tzedakah?

I saw videos on YouTube from Rebbe Lubavitch saying to give money to tzedakah to run better on business and to be blessed. I'm giving money for a Jewish charity institution in Brazil monthly to test ...
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Yom tov and non-Jews

How was Avraham Avinu able to cook for the melachim if he thought they were Arabs and you’re not allowed to cook for non-Jews on yom tov?
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Advice to Non-Jew about Days of HaMoshiach

A non Jew has recently asked me that if Moshiach is coming soon, what should he do? It's a very vague question but it kind of has to be. We don't know what the coming of Moshiach looks like or if it ...
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What should a Jew do if he got a non-Jew pregnant?

This is NOT a situation that I or anyone I know is facing. It is hypothetical. Imagine that a Jewish man impregnates a gentile woman. The woman refuses to convert. Which (if any) of the following ...
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Slavic People are called K'nan in jewish sources

Why is the slavic languages or people reffered to as Cannanim in Jewish sources? Who is the first to do this? See for instance Minchas Yehuda in Mechokekei Yehuda explaining Rashi on Devarim 3:9 Here. ...
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In a mixed marriage is the Issur also on the Non-Jew?

As far as I know I have not seen in the 7 laws of Bnei Noach that they have "Lifnei Iver" Now of course a Jew cannot marry a Non-Jew. But is the Non-Jew in question also considered a Rasha? ...
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List of what noahides can’t observe

Is there a Sefer or article that gives a comprehensive list of what mitzvot noahides can and can not observe (beyond the basic understanding of the 7 laws) Furthermore, what voluntary mitzvot ...
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Are there any strains of Judaism that think Islam is not a heresy?

Are there any sects of Judaism that think Islam is not a heresy for goyim? If yes would like to know more about such a sect.
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I am not Jewish - can I wish you a Shabbat Shalom?

I have professional contacts who are practicing/observant Jews. I am not Jewish. Is it improper/bad taste if I say to them "Shabbat Shalom" on Fridays?
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