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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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Why isn't the Kabbalistic doctrine of Sefirot considered Shittuf if the Christian Trinity is?

The straightforward answer to this question is that whereas the Christians are discussing what Hashem is made up of, the Kabbalists are discussing the ways in which He chose to reveal Himself. Just ...
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Is it problematic to own and use a SwissGear bag, due to the "plus" logo?

Per Rabbi David Sperling it is not problematic to own or use a Swiss gear bag. The use of the cross - which is of course a Christian symbol - is widely discussed in halacha. When the cross is one ...
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Is the Gemara (Shabbos 116b) quoting the New Testament?

The second quote is based on the Sermon of the Mount, from the Christian gospel book of Matthew (5:17). As to the first quote, the Soncino writes that "There is no passage in any known Gospel that a ...
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Source of Ramban's famous debate

The best (English language) source, in my opinion, is Hyam Maccoby's Judaism on Trial: Jewish-Christian Disputations in the Middle Ages (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 1982; later adapted as ...
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Could a Jew join Medishare?

The first precept of Medishare's Membership Qualifications is "Christian Testimony," stating generally that All adult Members age 18 and older must attest to a personal relationship with the Lord ...
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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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Why don't Jews think Jesus is the messiah?

As a student of early Christology, Patristic theology, biblical hermeneutics, textual criticism of the bible, and the history of the bible and the early church, I can answer this question the way I ...
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Before or during Jesus's time, what other notable Jews claimed to be or hinted at being the Messiah?

Famously Rabbi Akiva thought that Bar Kochba was the Messiah but I don't know whether Bar Kochba claimed that title for himself.
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Wearing cruciform orders

Most of the poskim deem the cross as something that Christians remember Jesus by, but not as an actual tool of worshipping. Therefore most agree that you are allowed to use it for pleasure, etc. Thus ...
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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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Before or during Jesus's time, what other notable Jews claimed to be or hinted at being the Messiah?

I decided to expand the scope of my answer a bit beyond the limits set in the question. I did so for a couple of reasons: the period of Jesus' life is a very narrow range; we don't have much ...
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What Talmudic manuscripts (if any) have Jesus instead of Balaam? / What Does 'MS.M. Jesus' mean?

You're right, MS stands for manuscript, and the final M stands for Munich. It is the oldest complete manuscript of the Talmud available, which means many consider it to be the most accurate. However ...
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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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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 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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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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What attitudes toward Jesus are acceptable for a Jew?

Related: For better understanding between Jews and Christians, some reading material I think there is an important distinction to be made between the Jesus(es) that Christians believe in and the ...
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Christmas and Ex-mas

There are people who don't like saying "Christ", and therefore don't like saying "Christmas." If you don't have a strong secular education, you'd assume that "X" just means "fill-in-the-blank", so "X-...
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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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