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Why is a נשר - eagle considered שקץ - a detestable thing when its symbol is used on many holy things

The word "שקץ" is described by R. Samson Rafael Hirsch as follows, "...the prohibition against eating (an eagle, or other similar birds) is termed שקץ, such eating is antithetical to ...
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If one is unhappy with a religion and way of life, is he/she permitted to leave it and move on?

Lately I've been unhappy and without enthusiasm and desire in yiddishkeit and just unfulfilled. I'm having issues with just everything from not finding and getting answers to questions i need when i ...
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Jewish Renewal and patrilineality [closed]

Reform Judaism and Reconstructionist Judaism recognize as Jews by birth children of a Jewish father and a non-Jewish mother who were raised exclusively in Judaism. What does Jewish Renewal say about ...
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Pronunciation of the 3rd Shabbat meal

Are there any sources, sefarim, or rabbis throughout the ages discussing the name for the third Shabbat meal and the proper way to refer to it? I've heard variations like Seuda Shelisheet, Shalosh Se'...
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Book recommendation for Jewish-Buddhist dialogue and Jewish reactions to Buddhist doctrines [closed]

I'm looking for some book recommendations for how Jews view various Buddhist teachings and doctrines and engage in Jewish-Buddhist dialogues. Maybe something similar to what I'm looking for is "...
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Judaism perspective on Islam that resonate with the values of monotheism [closed]

From a Jewish standpoint, how do the beliefs and practices of Islam resonate with the values of monotheism and prophethood that are central to the Abrahamic traditions?
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What is the kelipa of America?

I understand nations have a kelipa attached to them, and, further, that these transfer over time (e.g. Russia is said to have the kelipot of both Greece and Edom). What is the particular blend of ...
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Is a get given by remote control good? [duplicate]

Can a man give a get over to his wife either directly or out in her rishus via a drone operated by him?
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Do the Jews still send a scapegoat once a year to the wilderness?

Do the Jews still send scapegoats bearing the sins of the Jewish people to the wilderness once a year as commanded in Leviticus 16:22?
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Can someone call himself Jewish if he is in the process of converting?

Shalom! If one is in the final stages of conversion to Orthodox Judaism, is not a Noahide, does not belong to any religion, is it appropriate for him to say he is Jewish? He does not want to tell ...
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What is a lost Jew to do?

I am a Jew because my parents are Jews and their parents are too. I have recently come to believe in G-d through G-d but I have no communication with my Jewish people. Do the sources require that ...
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Is a pre-convert considered a Noahide?

If a non-Jew [ex-Muslim] is working with the Beit Din for an Orthodox Conversion to Judaism, is he still considered to be a Noahide as he does not yet have a status of being Jewish?
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Is a typed vow of a Gentile binding?

If a gentile in an email 'types' that he promises not to do something [1]doesn't use G-d's name 2]has no intention to keep the oath 3]but doesn't say bli neder either] is that vow binding? Some hold ...
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How important is hygiene beyond required washing and mikvah immersion to Jews?

I know that mikvah immersion and ritual washing is required, but what about other bodily hygiene, shaving, teeth, house order, hair and all other hygienically addressable aspects of a modern human? ...
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Why are the enemies of the Jewish people called "Amalek"?

Throughout history many enemies have stood up to attack and destroy the Jewish people, (most recently the Crusades, Holocaust etc) and they are colloquially referred to as "Amalek". ...
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State of Judaism before the destruction of the first temple

Can someone recommend some good resources on delving into the state of Judaism between entry to Israel and the destruction of the first temple? Specifically, the state of the religion. What did it ...
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Is it possible for there to be Kohanim & Levyim that are not Jewish? [duplicate]

Due to the fact that Jewishness is determined by matrilineal descent and priesthood by patrilineal descent.
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Does Jews for Judaism have disputed ideas or could it be distributed to christians to enrich their knowledge? [closed]

Does Jews for Judaism have disputed ideas or could it be distributed to christians to increase their knowledge? https://jewsforjudaism.org/
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Is the malachim aleph beis from a non-Jew for the occult or something legitimate from a Jewish source?

Searching online I'm seeing Wikipedia says this was published by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa in the 16th century and was created for the purpose of the occult using a combination of Greek and Hebrew. ...
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Am I considered Jewish if? [duplicate]

my great-grandmother's grandparents were Russian Jews who left Russia during the programs in the early 1900s. When they came over to the United States, they had my great-great grandmother, who then ...
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Do Jews believe in exorcism and what is the biblical basis for it?

Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christians believe in exorcisms (ie the religious or spiritual practice of evicting demons, jinns, or other malevolent spiritual entities from a person) but does the Jewish ...
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Who has the last word in Jewish matters?

I am confused as to what is permitted and prohibited in Judaism. Who speaks for Judaism? Who has this authority? Why are there different Judaisms, orthodox, conservative, reformist, caraites? Is ...
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Story about gentiles hanging to a Jewish person's clothes when the kingdom is rebuilt

I remember hearing a story that says that when the Messiah comes and the kingdom is reinstated, it's not only Jewish people that will live in the kingdom, but also gentiles, and that the gentiles will ...
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How are sins forgiven? [duplicate]

If the original Jews were forgiven of their sins through the sacrificing of lambs, and sacrificing is no longer being practiced, how are sins being forgiven now?
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Is there a Jewish source for the saying: "only the father knows when the wedding would take place"?

The website below describes what is apparently an ancient Jewish wedding custom, in which it was apparently said that "only the Father" of the groom "knows" when the wedding would ...
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Evidence for the divine inspiration of the Torah

What evidence is there that the Torah was divinely inspired? Historical evidence, prophecies, etc, for example. Further reading on this topic would be appreciated.
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What is the purpose of Jews going into exile?

What are the main reasons we are in exile? I recall some reasons but I can't remember all of them.
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Is it wrong to have bad thoughts if you feel bad about them?

What is the sentiment on having bad unholy thoughts though I know they are wrong and feeling bad about them. For example if I interact with say a street sweeper and think 'I am superior to you' though ...
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Do we know what the degolim of the shivtey koh looked like [duplicate]

Is there any replica from the past of what they looked like?
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My maternal 4th-great grandmother, born in 1787, had a Jewish maiden name, Zagel, and lived in Eastern Europe. Am I, therefore, Jewish? [duplicate]

My maternal 4th-great grandmother, born in 1787, had a Jewish maiden name, Zagel, and lived in Eastern Europe. Am I, therefore, Jewish? I was raised in the Roman Catholic religion, yet, since I was 8 ...
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A non-Jew to recite Patakh Eliyahu

Is a non-Jew allowed to recite Patakh Eliyahu because he knows the use of it a little bit? Thank you very much
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What are the best books to read to get familiar with Jewish philosophy?

I'm looking to spend about 3 months learning Jewish philosophy pretty intensely. I'm looking for recommendations on what are the best books to read, which ones may be too complex, and how I should ...
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There are at least 3 english translations of Sha'ar HaGilgulim with the same cover, but different page lengths and publishers. What's the difference?

Edit added at bottom of page. I have the one from Eichlers with 918 pages, but I noticed these others, and I am wondering if the one I own is missing chapters or pages of the translation that another ...
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Minhagim of Amsterdam

I am trying to find out about the Minhagim/customs of the prewar Amsterdam Jewish community. Would anyone have any recommendations of which sefarim/books discuss this?
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