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Hashavas Aveida with changing forfeiture status

It is implied in many halachos of Hashavas Aveida in Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat סימן רנ"ט - רע"א, that only if ייאוש already occurred at the time of finding, is the finder not obligated ...
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According to the Halakhah, does stating that HaShem does not exist constitute a curse or a profanation of God's name?

Emphatic no. The Biblical-level cursing we are discussing involves wishing that God attack someone. See more here: https://judaism.stackexchange.com/a/31898/21
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According to the Halakhah, does stating that HaShem does not exist constitute a curse or a profanation of God's name?

the curse of G-d's name also includes the simple affirmation that He does not exist The Rambam himself writes in his Hilchos Yesodei HaTorah (Foundations of the Torah, chapter 1): The foundation of ...
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The halachic framework of abortion for the Gentiles

Amos, first of all, I must say I have much esteem for Bnei Noach like yourself who see the Torah as the Law for all mankind. Blessings for success in all! Now in regards to you’re questions, within ...
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Did the Jews keep the Chagim in the Midbar?

The Bustan al Uqul by R. Netanel al Fayyumi says that there was no obligation of Shavuos in the midbar. Although this is a chiddush, on second consideration, it makes some sense. In Parshas Emor, it ...
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Birkas Hamazon if I left the place I ate in

Unless there’s great need you are obligated to return and bench even if you left unintentionally. If you already benched elsewhere bedieved it’s ok. If you don’t have bread and you can’t return (great ...
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Why do we check clothing for Shaatnez - isn't it a מיעוט (שאנו מצוי)?

Reb Moshe in Igros Moshe YD 1:72 at the end of the Teshuva says that although Midina it would be permitted not to check, since it’s possible to check it out conclusively, we try not to rely on miyut, ...
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Why can Jews get their ears pierced but can't get tattoos?

For an explanation why piercings would not be considered self harm/mutilation click here Getting a tattoo is a torah violation of the following pasuk in ויקרא פרק י"ט פסוק כ"ח : וְשֶׂ֣רֶט ...
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Why would the Rebbe Rashab lift his hands for al netilas yadayim?

This answer is for the protection of all banot Yisrael and in particular for the safe return home of Ruth Sarah bat Tsofnat. The Arizal brings both of these procedures (hands up to the level of the ...
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Is davening with 10 people, of which only 6 daven along, considered תפלה בציבור?

The mishna Berura in סי’ ס"ט ס”ק ח calls a majority of a minyan (6 people) "כמו ציבור גמור", this indicates that it is in fact tefilla betzibur. Some point to the מ"ב סי’ צ’ ס"...
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What are the parameters of the prohibition against a non-Jew learning Torah?

I'm a non-Jew, so please forgive me if I have erred regarding anything here, or accidentally omitted anything which ruins my point, or overlooked these points in the answers to other similar questions....
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What happens to those who have not completed their conversion post to the coming of moshiach?

Yemos hamashiach means the Era of mashiach which does not start till all the wars of Gog umagog are complete. So that could be a long period of time which will shake out any fake converts who just ...
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Is there a source that says that Hashem keeps all halachos of the Torah?

Midrash Rabah (Shemos 30, beginning of Parashas Mishpatim) translation pending… (מדרש רבה (שמות ל, ר"פ משפטים הה"ד (שם קמז) מגיד דבריו ליעקב אלו הדברות חוקיו ומשפטיו לישראל אלו המשפטים לפי ...
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Rape perpetrated by an adult male towards a girl under three years of age: halachic framework

In any legal system with carefully defined rules, there are edge cases where the particulars of a case allow instances to fall through the cracks. A reading of Rambam may lead to a conclusion that ...
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Halachot Gedolot from Spain

According to David Cassel in his book "תשובות גאונים קדמונים", p. 4, there were two versions of Halachot Gedolot, one from Spain and one from France. The latter one was identified with Rabbi ...
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Sources For Listening To/Not Listening to Non-Jewish Music

From a Teshuva on asktherav.com The concept of connecting to the soul of the composer of non-Jewish music is discussed in various sources. This applies specifically to the composer and not to the ...
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incest from legal standing

The Torah states (Vayikra 20:12): If a man lies with his daughter-in-law, both of them shall be put to death; they have committed incest—and they retain the bloodguilt. Rashi explains why this is ...
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May one say kaddish for a non-Jew?

Piskei Teshuvos rules that not only is it permitted but even desirable for a Ger Teddek to say Kaddish for a gentile parent. He should nevertheless do it discreetly due to the fact that it might be ...
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Does belief in the abrogation of the Torah by the NT disqualify a Ben Noah?

At first glance it seems they are disqualified as Pious Gentiles. However, it may depend on the following “chakira”: If they believe in the Revelation at Sinai only because of Yoshke then they are ...
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Does belief in the abrogation of the Torah by the NT disqualify a Ben Noah?

Yes. See the Rambam you bring in the question.
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Is Christianity Avodah Zara?

Is Christianity Shituf or Avodah Zarah? Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch, chief of the Edah HaChareidis rules that Christian denominations that believe Yeshu ימש״ו is the incarnation of G-d chas v’shalom, fall ...
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A non-Jew to recite Patakh Eliyahu

Yes, a non-Jew may learn and recite Patach Eliyahu. That section of Tikunei Zohar speaks of G-d's unity which is the foundation of being a Righteous Gentile. Although there is a general prohibition ...
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A non-Jew to recite Patakh Eliyahu

Interpreting "knows the use of it" as it's a prayer (Kisse Melekh to TZ 17a: "This long prayer, its explanation is bigger than the size of the earth, and is arranged in Hadrat Melekh ...
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Are Yoetzet Halacha permitted according to halacha?

The gemara in Niddah 13b actually brings such a woman who used to tell other women whether the blood was tamei or tahor. Text: חרשת איהי תבדוק לנפשה דתניא אמר רבי חרשת היתה בשכונתינו לא דיה שבודקת ...
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Is Islam Avodah Zara?

Here is the Rambam's responsum on the matter (Teshuba 149): אלו הישמעאלים אינם עובדי ע"ז כלל, וכבר נכרתה מפיהם ומלבם והם מיחדים לאל יתעלה יחוד כראוי, יחוד שאין בו דופי, ולא מפני שהם משקרים עלינו ...
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Is Islam Avodah Zara?

It is my view that kissing the black stone and believing it is holy is not equivalent to idol-worship. My support for this view comes from the fact that we (lehavdil elef alfei havdalos) kiss objects ...
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Is Islam Avodah Zara?

Rav Moshe Heinemann writes in Hilchos Kishuf v'Avodah Zara (3:4): I don’t believe Islam is Avodah Zarah. Islam is not our religion – I don’t want anyone to make a mistake with what I’m saying in that ...
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why don't we say a brocho on the Hagadah?

There is a famous Chasam Sofer (someone feel free to find the source inside and link) who notes that the whole point of Seder night is, as we are told in the Haggada: בְּכָל־דּוֹר וָדוֹר חַיָּב אָדָם ...
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Who is responsible for accidental theft caused by a false claim?

Now that the milk was taken, who is responsible to pay for it - the person who accidentally "lied", the 2nd person, both, no one because it was accidental? The person who accidentally "...
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When a Yavam marries his brother's wife, does he get his brother's double portion if he was a Bechor?

Someone pointed out to me over Yom Tov that the Korban Nesanal on the Rosh On Daf Mem (40) states that Shimon gets 3 portions, 2 from Reuvain who is the Bechor and one from his own portion.
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Is it ossur for a Jew to have gentile friends?

Your question is quite a mess. It is said that there is wisdom in the nations. Yes, but that just means that in general, there is some widsom in non-Jewish knowledge. It doesn't mean you should ...
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