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We are concerned with being the cause of somebody else erring. Parshat Kedoshim tells us "do not place a stumbling-block before the blind", which is interpreted to mean not only what it plainly says but also "don't be an enabler for a bad outcome". Causing somebody else to unknowingly transgress what God wants us to do is a pretty serious "bad outcome". ...


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rosends got it right. But I'll go through the quotes anyhow. A. Non-Jews aren't humans. Keritot 6b. There are a handful of specific technical laws in the Bible that pertain to "an adam" which the Talmud interprets as "Jews only"; for a non-Jew we are more lenient. The idea simply is that most of the Torah's laws were intended for a Jewish audience, so ...


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Here are a few, off the top of my head: Often there are factors that you may not think are relevant when asking your question, but could certainly be. You may have looked up some kosher-kitchen question about vegetables, not knowing that onions have very different laws than potatoes. There are plenty of gray areas in halacha where the conclusion may be ...


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Let's put together a list here. The books of Lamentations (original Hebrew / JPS English translation) and Job (original Hebrew / JPS English translation): Jeremiah: all sections critical of the Jews' behavior or about the destruction. This is most of the book. Starting from chapter 1, one can continue until chapter 29, skipping the few verses of ...


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These attacks are usually amalgamations of the following: Pure invention -- some of the books listed don't exist or the quotes are fabrications Mistranslations or selective quoting Out of context quotes (statements made in the course of a protracted legal argument presented as definitive statements of belief or statements made to make a legal point being ...


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A Rabbi is an expert in his field and has studied for many years. If one needed medical advice, G-d forbid, they would never rely on "crowd-sourced" opinions of a question and answer website, but would go to a trained doctor with practical experience. If this is so with regards physical healing, how much more so when dealing with the health of one's souls. A ...


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Someone has to say it. Judaism.SE Mi.Yodeya.com!


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The Bar-Ilan Responsa project has an online version that allows free searches, displaying up to 150 words from each result. This is an extremely powerful program, as its textbase is "clean" and edited, as opposed to many other search programs (such as Hebrewbooks and Otzar HaChochma) which are mostly based on error-prone, OCR-derived text.


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It's important to highlight that Christianity StackExchange has a very different atmosphere to Mi Yodeya. Christianity SE is very much true to its mission of being a Q&A site about Christianity. It is not a Christian site. And that post on meta isn't just a claim. It's lived up to throughout the site. In fact, it was recently brought up again in ...


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There are essentially two issues here: Am I somehow stealing from the owner (by taking away bandwidth)? Does the fact that the owner left it open mean he/she agrees to me using it? Am I somehow stealing from the ISP (or perhaps causing the owner to violate his/her TOS agreement with the ISP)? In each of these 2 problems we have yet another split: What ...


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Others have stated some good ones, which I won't repeat. Some more: Hebrew Books: various texts as PDFs, many of which are not elsewhere online, as far as I know. Some of them have OCR (I don't know how good it is), but most, as far as I can tell, do not. Nonetheless, they're good if you know the title or author you seek and don't need to search within the ...


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For all sh'eilos, if one does not have a personal rav, or one's rav is not available, Star-K initiated the "Institute of Halacha", run by R' Mordechai Frankel of Baltimore and endorsed by R' Moshe Heinemann. Questions may be emailed or called in during certain hours. See here for email address and phone number.


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The JPS 1917 translation is public domain. It can be found at http://www.mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0.htm among other places.


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The Shach (Yoreh De'ah 179:11) ruled that "God" spelled in a foreign language does NOT have the status of a "shem" and thus may be erased, lehatkhila. For more information, you can read this article: Writing: Why do some people write "G-d" with a hyphen instead of an "o"?.


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Online Texts: Mechon Mamre, he.wikisource.org, Hebrew Books, Chumash - Rabbi Kaplan Translation Blogs: Hirhurim, Text & Texture, parshablog, Cross Currents, Emes ve-Emunah Shiurim: YU Torah, Virtual Beit Midrash, Daf Yomi Advancement Forum, Torah.org, Aish, AishDas Q & A: Judaism.SE, Ask Moses, Jewish Answers


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Aside for all those already mentioned, I find these websites very useful (probability says I visit most of these 1/week) Edited: Added descriptions of value More Shiurim: Kol Halahoson, TorahAnytime, MP3Shiur, 613 - Some of these have my favorite speakers so I keep updated by downloading their latest shiurim (on a weekly basis) Brochos - If I don't ...


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There are several issues: If the person is paying by data used, he is losing through your download, so you are a damager and it would be forbidden Just because the person left it open doesn't mean he doesn't mind other people using it, he might just not know how to lock it. If there is a clause in his contract to the ISP not to let others use his connection,...


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For Choshen Mishpat and ribis questions, I've had the Business Halacha Institute recommended to me. It has an ask-the-rabbi service (via e-mail or, I think, phone) it calls "Halacha Hotline".


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Aside from all the halachic considerations related to needing to ask your Local Rabbi (eg. knowing the nuance of your situation, taking all things into consideration, knowing the various sources relating to the issue, our desire not to cause others to make mistakes in Jewish law) there are two additional areas that add to the need to consult with your Local ...


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I asked my local Orthodox rabbi. (FYI: he's Chareidi.) He said that ad-blocking software is permissible to use. He added that even if it's hard for webmasters to detect and work around adblockers, that's no problem for me: some things in life are hard. My rabbi said it was fine for me to post his ruling online. But he asked me not to mention his name ...


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Here are some ideas. Many are not my own, but are copied or adapted from others. If you can't or won't quit completely: If you can't or won't quit completely, then you may want to at least reduce your pornography usage gradually. The "StayFocusd" Google Chrome extension, or one of its competitors, may help. If you'd like to quit completely: You can ...


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I once asked the Business Halacha Institute whether I can lend on LendingClub, and they said it is permitted, since you can assume the borrowers are non-Jews. I asked another rabbi, and he said you shouldn't lend to a large number of people at once since then it's likely that one of them is Jewish. Since approximately 98.3% of the USA is non-Jewish, this ...


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http://www.aish.com/atr/ http://www.dinonline.org/ask-the-rabbi/ http://www.chabad.org/asktherabbi/default_cdo/jewish/Ask-the-Rabbi.htm


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The Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation has a number you can call with halachic questions relating to sh'mirat halashon, or proper speech. It's 718-951-3696, and it's available from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.


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Nolad governs muktzeh, physical items you shouldn't move because they weren't acessible before shabbos started. I can't see any way how that could possibly apply to information. If a non-Jew who had been halfway across the world on Friday night delivers a package to me on shabbos afternoon, it's muktza. If he tells me a joke (or the news, or acts out a play)...


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Many times practical halacha could be affected by something mentioned in passing in another source. A Rav has learned these things, is aware of them, and will adjust his ruling accordingly. A lay person may have learned the issue well but may be unaware of these modifiers.


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www.reddit.com/r/Judaism. While itself not essential, the sidebar has a lot of good links. I will copy/paste two sections here, but I am a bit too lazy to format it. (Looking at the preview, it formats just fine!) Websites/Resources Jews for Judaism - A response to missionaries. JewFAQ - If you don't see it in our FAQ, check this out. It's hugely ...


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