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On killing (?) Christians in Judaism

A quick Google shows that this person likely took the quote from this site here (I'm sorry to have linked to it). It seems that this person likely didn't understand what he was reading. The topics are ...
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Does the Talmud say that Jesus writhes in excrement and Mary was a prostitute?

I would say "maybe" or "it depends" to both. In Gittin 56b-57a there's a story in which Onkelos bar Kalonikos, the nephew of Titus, wishes to convert to Judaism, but before that, ...
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When, halachically, does a sect of Judaism become an independent religion?

Rav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l wrote an essay / teshuvah titled "Brother Daniel and the Jewish Fraternity" (Judaism 12:260-280, Summer 1963). Brother Daniel was a Catholic monk who ...
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Is calling The LORD as "Father" common during Jesus time?

The expression "Our father in heaven" (אבינו שבשמים) is a relatively common name for God in rabbinic literature (as far as I am aware, this formulation does not appear in the Bible). For example, see ...
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On killing (?) Christians in Judaism

There is actually only one quote here, and it is taken directly from The Talmud Unmasked: The Secret Rabbinical Teachings Concerning Christians, which was originally written in Latin (with ...
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Can Moshiach die?

The idea is that if someone died or was killed before fulfilling his messianic mission, such as was the case by Bar Kochba, who was thought to be the mashiach until this happened, then he is at most ...
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Is it acceptable for a Gentile to attend a service at a Synagogue without intent of conversion?

We've had related questions from prospective converts and one that asks specifically how to behave in a particular group's shul. This answer will overlap with answers there, but I'm going to focus ...
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Is it mentioned anywhere in all of the Mishna or the Talmud that Paul of Tarsus was a student of Rabban Gamaliel

For more information, I would recommend reading "Paul and Gamliel", in Jacob Neusner and Bruce Chilton (eds.), In Quest of the Historical Pharisees (Baylor University Press, 2007), 175-223 - but ...
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Are professor Daniel Boyarin's writings about the messiah supported in traditional Jewish sources?

The main point in the question seems to be: The idea of a celestial and divine Messiah incarnate in Jesus the Nazarene would not be out of the Jewish tradition, for many Jews believed in the ...
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Are there references to Jesus in the Jerusalem Talmud?

Firstly, Mr. J. wasn't only referred to by his name, he had other names that referenced him (see Jastrow, Wiki, Jewish Wiki). Thus, only searching his name will not always yield results. Secondly, the ...
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Is the title: "New" Testament offensive to Jews? Alternative neutral name?

Thank you for your sensitivity. The issue with "old" and "new" isn't just what you said about "old and outdated, new and shiny". It's also that, to us, the latter isn't a "testament" at all. God ...
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Jewish viewpoint on Gentiles celebrating a Christian Seder?

An ex-Christian once described to me the seder that her church did when she was growing up. It was adapted from the haggadah, the text that we Jews use, but it had some Christian overlays. I don't ...
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Rabbi who killed children?

This case is mentioned in the Beit Yosef (YD 157): מעשה ברב אחד ששחט תינוקות הרבה בשעת השמד שירא שיעבירום על דת It happened that one rabbi slaughtered many children in a time of persecution for ...
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How is the Jewish understanding of the sinful soul of mankind different from the concept of "original sin"?

You cannot really appreciate Jewish theology in a meaningful way from answers on the Internet. This requires years of study, and knowledge of context. For example, the first quote, which was the ...
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Is it mentioned anywhere in all of the Mishna or the Talmud that Paul of Tarsus was a student of Rabban Gamaliel

Although Paul of Tarsus is not mentioned by name, the Talmud in Shabbat 30b has a student of Rabbi Gamliel* who scoffs at his teachings. Some scholars have suggested that this character might be Paul,...
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Is there such a thing as a kosher replacement for the egg on the Pesach plate?

Mishnah Pesahim 10:3 states: הביאו לפניו מצה וחזרת וחרוסת ושני תבשלין They bring before him matzah, lettuce, haroset and two cooked dishes. As we will see, these 'two cooked dishes' are what ...
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Is there such a thing as a kosher replacement for the egg on the Pesach plate?

The Gemara (Pesachim 114b) tells us what different amora'im held one should eat in fulfillment of the two cooked dishes, and so obviously there are kosher alternatives (though maybe not the option of ...
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Does wealth cause spiritual difficulties?

Both wealth and poverty are tests and pose different difficulties. שָׁ֤וְא ׀ וּֽדְבַר־כָּזָ֡ב הַרְחֵ֬ק מִמֶּ֗נִּי רֵ֣אשׁ וָ֭עֹשֶׁר אַל־תִּֽתֶּן־לִ֑י הַ֝טְרִיפֵ֗נִי לֶ֣חֶם חֻקִּֽי׃ פֶּ֥ן ...
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Is there a Jewish theology equivalent to Calvinism?

That philosophy violates some core tenets of Judaism: The concepts of teshuva and atonement are very important in Judaism, and say that we can repair a damaged relationship with God. The "you're ...
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Why is the Trinity considered polytheistic in traditional Jewish thought?

Let's stop and think for a moment: "Aquinas goes to great lengths" - if the trinity was pure monotheism, why would one have to go to great lengths to prove it was so? And this is consistent ...
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Is there a problem with saying "for Pete's sake"?

Referring to the names of men or women made deities is not problematic. See Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Dei'ah 147:2. The problem is that Beis Yoseif there quotes Rabeinu Yerucham (TAvC 17:5 [159c]) who ...
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Paul being sent as a double agent by the Sanhedrin

This story can be found in the book תולדות ישו available also available here text here As well as a fascinating Shiur from Professor Shneur Leiman available online on YUTorah.org here In the ...
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Responding to Christians

According to the Talmud, the injunction to know what to respond to the heretic is specifically referring to non-Jewish heretics: תנן התם ר"א אומר הוי שקוד ללמוד תורה ודע מה שתשיב לאפיקורוס אמר ר'...
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The history of Rabbi Samuel the Israelite

According to Prof. Orah Limor in her book in Hebrew "Between Jews and Christians: Jews and Christians in Western Europe Until Modern History", Vol. 3, pg. 87, most scholars believe that the ...
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Is it permitted to read non-Jewish religious texts?

Rambam explicitly forbids this in Avodah Zarah 2:2: The worshipers of false gods have composed many texts concerning their service, [describing] what is the essence of their service, what practices ...
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Is it permitted to read non-Jewish religious texts?

Many are citing the Rambam AZ 2:2, and that is proper and to be expected. However I think it is slightly more nuanced, and this halakhah is balanced against דע מה שתשיב לאפיקורוס - knowing how to ...
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Interfaith debates

Your question is very broad. Let me address one aspect of it, namely interfaith dialogue with Christianity. R Avraham Gordiner writes here R. Moshe Feinstein, in a set of halakhic letters penned ...
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Christian Bible Holiness?

A related question asks what to do with a sefer torah written by a heretic. An answer there quotes the Rambam (Laws of Tefilin, Mezuzah, and Sefer Torah 1:13) thus: יג ספר תורה תפילין ומזוזות שכתבן ...
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What stance do Jews take on the proposition that Jews killed Jesus Christ?

The stance that Judaism tends to take is the stance that makes the most historical sense. And by this i mean that one should compare all the historical evidence we have from that time period, and ...
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