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Intermarriage Attendance

There are numerous halahic problems in attending a mixed marriage: Aiding one committing a sin. Sourced in BT AZ (6b). There is a difference of opinions among Rishonim if this applies to a scenario ...
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Currently in a marriage with a non-observant Jewish woman and I want to convert to Orthodox

Greetings and welcome to J.SE. Many born-Jewish couples have worked out agreements whereby one spouse's level of observance is higher than another's. Some of the biggest questions involve matters ...
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Is the Cushite woman Zipporah?

The unnamed Cushite wife of Moshe mentioned in the Torah was Queen Adoniyah of Cush. She was the first wife of Moshe before Tzipporah. As mentioned in the Torah in parshat Shemot 2:14-15, after Moshe ...
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Is the Cushite woman Zipporah?

Mefarshim from here. The Mefarshim that say Zipporah was the Cushite do not necessarily get this from the simple reading of the verse. See Rabbeinu Bachya/Bechaye who bases this off of a Gematriya (...
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Marriage of a Cohen to a woman with a non-Jewish father: Are the sons Cohanim?

Based on Yevamot 44a to 45b The settings are as follows. First, there are opinions in the Gemara Yevamot 44b that even for Shimeon Hatimni he is Mamzer, as it is a forbidden affair where Kiddushin ...
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Intermarriage Attendance

The most straightforward halachic source would appear to be the prohibition of chanufa, falsely flattering a sinner by implying that his/her sin is permitted. (This is different than a vague statement ...
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Currently in a marriage with a non-observant Jewish woman and I want to convert to Orthodox

When my husband inquired of the orthodox (RCA) Beit din, he was told that conversion would not be permitted unless I (a born Jew) agreed to become halachically observant as well. Truthfully, the Beit ...
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Minhagim for someone with a non-Jewish father

As explained in naming convention for a Jew with a non-Jewish father? such a person can be called to the Torah using his grandfather's name. Similarly, he would follow the minhagim of his grandfather. ...
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What is the prohibition of intermarriage?

The Gemara (AZ 36b), concerning non-Jew women, made a clear difference between two kind of man-woman relationship: marital or non marital. Marital relationship is a natural reality which was anterior ...
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Does Jewess who wants to marry a non-converted Noachide need a ketubah?

It is totally forbidden for a Jew to marry a non-Jew. There are no concessions or exceptions to this rule. There is, of course, no Kesuvah. The obligation of kesuva is a Rabbinic enactment to protect ...
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Hebrew name of a convert with a Jewish father?

This question it is similar to the case of a person who is adopted by a Jewish family and can call himself after the name of his adoptive father. When an adopted child is called to the torah, how are ...
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Can an Orthodox Jew attend the Reform wedding of a close relative?

There are a number of reasons not to attend such a ceremony (which is invalid to begin with). I am separating out different reasons, each of which is enough to make it wrong to attend. Since I am ...
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Why did it take so long for Ezra to notice the intermarriages?

The book of Ezra is the first time we hear of the concept of the "holy seed" being a concept directly tied to bloodline in Tanakh. I don't think it's accidental that this concept is ...
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Intermarriage Attendance

Without taking anything from the most upvoted answer on this page, I found it interesting that R Aryeh Lebowitz quotes R Herschel Schachter (here, around 34') that parents are allowed to attend their ...
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Sidra question about Samson

R. Gershon Weiss a"h discusses this at length in his book Shimshon's Struggle. For one thing, he says, it's not at all certain that Delilah was a Philistine by birth; she may have been a born ...
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Sidra question about Samson

It is clear from the Gemarah that you mention in Sotah as will be discussed below, that he fell in love with her. I won't discuss how a tzaddik could marry such a person because it is not for us to ...
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What is the prohibition of intermarriage?

Rambam addresses this in Hilkhot Issurei Biah (12:1-2): א ישראל שבעל גויה משאר האומות, דרך אישות, או ישראלית שנבעלה לגוי, דרך אישות--הרי אלו לוקין מן התורה, שנאמר "לא תתחתן, בם" (דברים ז,ג): אחד ...
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Why is the "beautiful captive" called "beautiful" if she doesn't have to be?

So the Ibn Ezra writes similarly to the Ohr HaChaim that you bring: יפת תאר. בעיניו Beautiful in his eyes. This idea is noted by Rambam in Mishneh Torah, Melachim UMilchamos 8:3 who adds explicitly ...
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Why is the "beautiful captive" called "beautiful" if she doesn't have to be?

There is a general rule that the Torah describes things in the usual case even when it the application is broader (דברה תורה בהוה). See this list and this one.
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Can a Jew have a non-Jewish "bashert" or vice-versa?

I'm not sure if the translations match up exactly, but Rabi Akiva saw the wife of Turnus Rufus and knew through ruach hakodesh that he was going to marry her after she converted. See Nedarim top of ...
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Does Bishul Akum Apply To Half-Siblings

First of all Bishul Akum Food cooked by a gentile applies even if there is no worry of intermarriage Rema Yore Dea 112,1: אסרו חכמים לאכול פת של עובדי כוכבים, משום חתנות. (ואפילו במקום דליכא משום ...
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Should a crippled jew leave his non-jewish providing wife?

This is such a complicated issue, both emotionally and fiscally. Marrying a non-Jew is forbidden (Chinuch, 427:1). However, relations with a Nidah is worse, as it carries the weight of Kareis. ...
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Intermarriage - contradiction in punishment according to Rambam?

Notice that the sentence that you have bolded If, however, nobody knows of the act, or he separated from her before the zealous could kill him, his punishment is kares. speaks of a situation in ...
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Jeremiah 29:6 - encouragement of intermarriage?

How do you see a hint at intermarriage? Yirmiyahu is encouraging the Jewish people to keep building Klal Yisrael through marriage, even though they are in exile. Don't despair, since eventually they'...
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Trying to convert having a Child with a goy woman and implications

The Talmud [Yevamot 62a; also Bekhorot 47a] discusses the matter in the context of whether the child he had as a non-Jew qualifies him for having fulfilled the commandment to be fruitful and multiply. ...
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Yibbum and Jewish brothers who share a Gentile father

The Mishnah in Yevamos 97B states הַגִּיּוֹרֶת שֶׁנִּתְגַּיְּירוּ בָּנֶיהָ עִמָּהּ לֹא — חוֹלְצִין וְלֹא מְיַיבְּמִין Rashi explains that the reason is due to the fact that the non Jewish father ...
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Does Hashem forgive for ongoing, recurring sins?

To add authority (in case it matters to you) I would point to the Rambam, who says, that when a sin is committed (or transgressed) unintentionally, one should do Teshuva and aim not to repeat the sin ...
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Does Hashem forgive for ongoing, recurring sins?

Yes and no. If he genuinely regrets the path that he chose and would never do a similar thing again knowing the halacha, he can be forgiven for the rebelliousness of his previous actions (as he didn't ...
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Does the Torah discuss the difference between Jews and non jews?

Yes, there is a big difference between us, and that difference is one of responsibility. Whereas non-Jews have seven rules to keep, the Jewish people were given the entire Torah and all its details to ...
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Is the Cushite woman Zipporah?

Ben Tzion Luria in his essay in Hebrew "Ancient Chapters" in Sefer Yosef Breslevski, pg. 206, footnote 41, suggests that there was a Midianite tribe named the "Cushim" or the "...
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