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This came up in a completely unrelated SE chat, with someone claiming that (unlike Christianity.SE being "about Christian doctrine and practice") Judaism.SE is "about Jewish culture".

My impression (perhaps incorrect) was that Judaism.SE had purely secular Jewish culture as out of scope, but I couldn't find anything explicitly stating so on Meta or in Help.

The best I found was : What topics are in- and out-of-scope on Mi Yodeya?

"On the other hand, questions unrelated to Judaism, even if they are about......"
".... Jews, Jewish history, and Israel "
... ... are generally off-topic.

Examples of "purely secular Jewish culture" would be (stolen from @msh's answer):

bagels and lox, borscht-belt comedians, Yiddish theater, kibbutz life, Fiddler on the Roof, and the Ladino language

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Questions about not Judaism but things generally considered "Jewish culture" — like bagels and lox, borscht-belt comedians, Yiddish theater, kibbutz life, Fiddler on the Roof, and the Ladino language — are off-topic. (This could, perhaps, be clearer in the list you link to, but is IMO covered by its terms.) Of course, questions about such topics that are also about Judaism may be on-topic.

But things about the culture of the Jewish religion (the culture of Jewish religious practice) — like choosing a good bag for one's prayer garment and what is good to send as mishloach manos — are on topic.

  • Thank you. In case it wasn't clear from the question, the first paragraph was what I was most interested in. – DD1 Feb 16 '14 at 16:31

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