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Question: My mother (Christian) lives in a Jewish assisted living home. We picked it based on quality of care, elder values, and proximity to our family. My mom just asked if it was ok to put her Christmas wreath on her door this Christmas. It's March so I guess she is thinking ahead. ;) Would this be disrespectful? While Jewish at its core, it is still an equal housing facility. What should she do? My mom is 92 and I am typing this question for her on that internet thing. LOL.
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Question: It is said that man is the supreme being among all creation. What does Judaism say about this?
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Question: I don't understand why meat and dairy can't touch. Logically, dairy comes from animals, so it already touched. How can this be explained? [Admninistrator's note: Several other questions already answered touch on this: http://www.jewishvaluesonline.org/question.php?id=26 http://www.jewishvaluesonline.org/question.php?id=39 http://www.jewishvaluesonline.org/question.php?id=136 http://www.jewishvaluesonline.org/question.php?id=953 and http://www.jewishvaluesonline.org/question.php?id=1122.]
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Question: What qualifies a cemetery as a "Jewish cemetery"?
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Question: If I have a dairy seder, should I put a bone on the seder plate?
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Question: Is there a value in continued interfaith dialogue with Christian institutions that organize boycotts of Israeli products and divestment from Israel. This seems to be a blatant act to try to deny Israel the right to defend against threats by terrorist organizations that seek Israel’s destruction. [Administrator's note: This issue seems to have arisen again in recent news (June 2014) with the vote for divestment from companies doing business in Israel by the Presbyterian Church USA.]
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Question: How does the Jewish concept of justice fit in with the Mitzvah of Pidyon Shvuyim (redemption of prisoners/captives)? The Israeli government has in past freed many prisoners who killed Jewish soldiers and civilians in exchange for one or a few soldiers who were captured. Is letting these murderers and terrorists go an aberration of justice, or do the ends justify the means?
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Question: What can a “regular Jew” do to defend misleading media bias against Israel?
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Question: What happens at an "unveiling ceremony"? Are there prayers said, and by whom? [Admin. note: Another related question on unveilings can be found on the JVO website at: http://www.jewishvaluesonline.org/question.php?id=134]
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Question: Why do we say “baruch dayan ha’emet” when someone dies?
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