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"Goy" has acquired a negative connotation only in modern times. Nokhri (נָכְרִ) may also have a negative connotation. It can be used for “enemy” [Deut. 32:27], “stranger who speaks harshly” [Gen. 42:7], “outsider” (בֶּן־נֵכָ֔ר -- ben nekhar) [Gen 17:12], “alien gods” [אֱלֹהֵ֤י הַנֵּכָר֙ – elohei hanekhar] [Gen. 35:2] but also to harmless refugees,...


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It is used in Perush HaMishnaios LihaRambam (Shabbos 5:3): ובמה אינה יוצאה לא יוצאה גמל במטוטלת כו': מטוטלת חתיכת בגד קשורה בזנב הבהמה לסימן או לסגולה לשום דבר. And with what can (an animal) not go out with (on Shabbos)? A camel may not go out with a rag. Rag: a piece of cloth tied on the animals tail as a marker or as a segula for something. I must point ...


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