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Can any question be made on-topic by adding "according to Judaism"? [duplicate]

Suppose a question is off-topic because it is not about Judaism; can it simply be made on topic by adding in a Jewish motivation, or by adding the words "according to Judaism"? Consider this recent ...
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Are questions of the form "Is X discussed in Jewish sources" on-topic? [duplicate]

On the one hand, there are several legitimate questions that can be phrased in this manner. Off the top of my head, there are several already on board, regarding aliens, vampires, werewolves, time ...
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comparative religion questions

Are questions of the form What's the difference between [Jewish thing] and [Religion X thing]? on- or off-topic on the site? For reference, the FAQ list mentions briefly what's on- and off-topic, ...
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Are questions purely for curiosity's sake in scope?

I have seen questions posed and the comments include "why do you want to know" which leads me to believe that asking simply because of curiosity, when there is no practical use or generalizably useful ...
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"Here's my devar Torah. Do any of the commentaries say this?"

What is our attitude toward questions of the following form? Multiple paragraphs describing a cool idea I had for interpreting something in the Torah. Do any of the commentaries support this? Here's ...
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Are these low-quality questions?

A number of questions were asked today about the significance of seemingly random numbers on the "mi-yodeya-series". My immediate reaction is that there would be no answer to these questions,...
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What should we do with "does Judaism permit this random special case that I won't elaborate on" questions?

We've had some questions (not just lately, but recent events prompt the question) that are of the form: "does Judaism permit some very specific implausible thing that I don't provide motivation or ...
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Can something be on topic merely because similar things are discussed in Rabbinic Literature?

https://judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/110699/jewish-eyes-anthropology (screenshot for those who can't see deleted posts) was recently closed as off-topic because it is not about Judaism per se. (...
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Clarifying Hebrew language policy

According to the official FAQ (with the parts irrelevant to this post left out): If you have a question about... language used in Judaism Why is הושיעה Mileel whereas הצליחה is ...
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What is a model type of question for Mi Yodeya? And the opposite

I am trying to get to the bottom of what Mi Yodeya is all about. It's hard. Is it a place to ask halacha? Find out about tradition? Get answers to assist with homework questions? Run ideas by each ...
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Comparing judaism with psychological theories

My question is if we can close questions asking for equivalences between Judaism and psychological theories as cognitive psychologies or other therapies, as questions asking about comparative ...
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Are questions of the form “Rabbi so-and-so wrote a Sefer on X Jewish topic, but i need it in Hebrew” on-topic?

For instance: “Rashi wrote a commentary on the Torah, but I don’t speak Hebrew and old French. Does anyone have an English translation?” And a valid answer would be a link to Sefaria, or Artscroll’s ...
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