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Is there not room for non-orthodox opinions?

Should Mi.Yodeya/J.SE maintain its solely orthodox standing? I love StackExchange and when I found the Judaism group I thought that it would be interesting to participate. However, I am neither an ...
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How should we handle pluralistic posts?

During the Town Hall Chat Isaac Moses asked the following question: Consider a Question "I'm injured, so I can't walk to synagogue this Sabbath. What can I do to connect my prayers with those of ...
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How modest should this site be?

(Inspired by this recent question and by past experience on mi.yodeya, such as under the tznius-modesty tag.) Do we need rules, explicit or otherwise, for what sort of adult-oriented content we'll ...
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Can I consult Mi Yodeya as I would a rabbi?

Does Mi Yodeya offer personal guidance in response to practical questions about Jewish law or attitudes, as a rabbi would?
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Karaites - in scope?

Are questions about non-rabbinic forms of Judaism (Karaite, Sadducee, Essene, etc.) in scope here? I've added a tag (non-rabbinic-judaism) to at least group these questions. It would be great if ...
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Contributors with a lack of knowledge

I have had a great experience on Mi Yodeya in general, but I have noticed that certain aspects of the site/community can be discouraging to contributors with a lack of Jewish knowledge. For example: ...
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Is this a suitable platform for non-Jews to ask questions about Judaism?

I am not Jewish, but my curiosity was piqued about some aspects of Judaism after having political discussions elsewhere online with Orthodox Jews. I am particularly interested by the way in which ...
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The Parameters of “Jewish Life” Scope

Guess this touches a little on our old discussion of Hebrew Language Questions... Recently, someone asked for Exercises to prevent eyes tiring, which has brought up an interesting question, which I ...
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Non-Jew has (business-related) questions about Judaism—okay here?

[Similar to, but not quite a duplicate of What are some mistakes non-Jewish people should avoid asking questions on this site?] A non-Jew I know is working on a project for a company that sells a ...
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Is fact-checking Judaism on-topic?

Suppose a Jewish text says something. Suppose this something relates to some factual reality. Suppose I wonder whether the something is actually true. Would it be on topic to ask about it on Mi Yodeya?...
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Using Christian interpretations in answers

This question as inspired by the comments to my answer here. (See also my answer here.) Is is proper, in the context of this site, to use Christian or other non-Jewish sources (for example, secular ...
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Should we have a close reason for immodest posts?

The current FAQ includes the line: Please respect that in the Jewish tradition certain questions, especially certain questions relating to sexuality, are discussed only in private. Such questions ...
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Would this be an appropriate site for people to ask technical Gemara questions?

For example, lets say a group of people are learning Baba Basra. If they have a question on Tosafos, would it be appropriate to ask here? I assume its not a general enough question to be worth posting ...
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In what respects are Hebrew language questions in scope?

When are questions about the Hebrew language in scope, and when aren't they? Do they have to be about Biblical or Rabbinic Hebrew in particular? Do they have to be related to a holy text or a Jewish ...
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Hiding Dangerous Information

Although obviously regardless of Mi Yodeya policy, each user needs to apply his / her own discretion, what is the policy regarding posting information, in a question or answer, that if publicized ...
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The line between History vs Judaism

Inspired by this question, but I am attempting to ask a more largely applicable point. Questions which are about Jewish History are considered off topic. Now the Jewish History examples given there ...
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Ridiculous questions

How are we supposed to treat questions that are, or would be considered by many, to be ridiculous, but which the poster apparently takes very seriously? I voted to close one such question as too ...
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On-topic-ness of “how many X are in Y” questions

Forgive me if this was discussed before; I don't frequent meta. I've been seeing a lot of questions of the form "how many X are in Y?". I personally find them to be pretty pointless questions that ...
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What's the rule with religion-spam?

A new user is asking countless questions which seem to have the goal of proving from Jewish texts that Mohammed was a real prophet. Do we just allow this to go on indefinitely? Personally, I have been ...
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Riddle questions on SE?

After the migration from mi.yodeya to StackExchange, are riddle-type questions considered appropriate? According to the answer from @RebeccaChernoff to the question "Appropriateness of survey ...
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Why are sexuality questions not allowed?

It seems to me that many people who have questions about sexuality may not feel comfortable to ask a rabbi directly, and may prefer to ask an online community anonymously.
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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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Tweaking Mi Yodeya's scope to build a broader community

I was reading this post about one person's issues with Stack Overflow, and something it said struck me (as I noticed the same thing, but didn't attempt to articulate it): The "flavour" of ...
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How to handle “clothesline for my cute vort” questions?

It's a common yeshivish style that rather than just say: Rabbi X reads the verse as Y. or: Rabbi X reads the verse as Y. And I think that fits well with the wording of such-and-such. Instead ...
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I'm uncomfortable with the 'myths' tag

As per the title. The tag myths seems inherently opposed to the site's identity as one which is aligned with traditional Judaism, which does not generally view traditional Jewish beliefs as being ...
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{How/When} Should we allow Purim Torah?

Generally, we expect all questions here to be written from the point-of-view of genuine curiosity, and we expect all answers to be genuine attempts to provide real information and analysis that ...
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Is a question that asks “What does Judaism think of x” possibly off-topic?

At the time of this posting, this question has 4 close votes. Several comments have leveled accusations of being off-topic as not about Jewish Life and Learning. However, the question asks "...
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non-orthodox opinions?

What are the mods final judment on the non-orthodox versus orthodox viewpoint question are we here to answer question which should likely be adressed to the JTS? (migrate to the original orthdoxy ...
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What topics are in- and out-of-scope on Mi Yodeya?

What topics are in-scope on Mi Yodeya? Can I see some examples? What topics are out-of-scope on Mi Yodeya? Can I see some examples? Where can I discuss changing these guidelines?
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Can questions be asked that might challenge belief?

I was a bit surprised to find a question such as: "Are there any holes in the Kuzari argument for the transmission of Torah from Sinai?" because it seems to be asking for heresy. In actuality, it isn'...
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Are questions about Jewish culture (NOT religion-centric) in scope?

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 (...
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Does Purim-Torah need to be otherwise on topic?

Nothing in the Purim Torah guidelines mentions that they need to be otherwise on topic. This could either be because it is obvious that it needs to be on topic, or because it doesn't actually need to ...
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Is Hellenistic Judaism on-topic?

Consensus on meta seems to be that Karaite Judaism, questions asked from a Karaite perspective, and other non-Orthodox branches of Judaism are on-topic. Is Hellenistic Judaism also on-topic? Is such ...
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How is this site different from the other site?

In what ways is judaism.stackexchange.com different from the old mi.yodeya.com?
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Is Mi Yodeya a Judaism Stack Exchange, or a Rabbinic Judaism Stack Exchange?

Before I really began to understand the profound nature of Orthodoxy, I was thinking to leave the forum because I tend to approach Scripture from a different perspective than Orthodox Jews do. I do ...
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Lists of in- and out-of-scope topics for the FAQ

Many other SE sites have, in their FAQ, right below the scope line, a list of topics considered in-scope and sometimes also a list of topics considered out-of-scope. For example, the beginning of ...
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Questions about Tanach/Talmud personalities

As per the site rules, questions relating to Jewish individuals, when not exclusively related to Judaism, are off-topic. I would assume this would extend to even discussing personalities in the ...
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What should I do about Hebrew Language questions?

Questions specifically about the Hebrew language are off topic on Mi Yodeya. So, where can I ask questions only related to the Hebrew Language?
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Can I ask this question?

The below is the question I'm hoping to ask. If I'm not allowed to ask it, I would be much obliged if one of you reading it could answer it/help me modify it to fit. Thank you! I've recently been ...
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Is it appropriate to ask what the signs near the tomb of Abraham have written upon them, and some of the history behind those signs?

I was recently reading up on Wikipedia regarding the Tomb of the Patriarchs, and was particularly interested in this picture: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/89/Cenotaph_of_Abraham_-...
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Is a question about the Shetar Mechirat Chametz appropriate on J.SE?

I am in need of your help on a project that I am working on. I am attempting to translate the Yiddish phrases which can be found in the document used to sell chametz to a non-Jew into Hebrew. The ...
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Are questions about Samaritanism on-topic?

Are questions about Samaritanism, especially questions about Samaritan teachings or practices that differ from Rabbinic Judaism, on-topic? I was thinking about asking a question about why the ...
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Dealing with users who reject the answers of traditional Judaism

Recently we've had various questions and answers from the reletively new user Jdoe. The user in question rejects the traditional Jewish thought that the Torah Sheba'al Peh was received alongside the ...
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Are “what if I …” questions off-topic?

One of our off-topic closure reasons is a psak-oriented question. Questions in which a person clearly provides his or her personal situation, followed by a question, are clearly in this category. ...
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Can I ask questions about the talmud and Chumash?

Can I ask questions about the Talmud and Chumash?
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Questions about the meaning, source of Yiddish names

A user has recently asked two questions (1, 2) about Yiddish names that have been closed as off-topic, with the specific close reason "Questions about the Hebrew language or about history or news of ...
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type of question to ask on MY

I appreciate the forum to be able to ask questions. However, I want mine to be in sync with what the guidelines for the site are. Are questions on the weekly Parsha encouraged to be asked on the MY ...
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What is Mi Yodeya's position on cross-posting?

Some sites on the SE network don't like cross-posting at all, while others think that it can be okay, in certain situations. What does the Mi Yodeya community think about cross-posting, where the ...
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Are any questions out of bounds?

Are there any questions that are out of bounds because of Tzeni'uth or just an "ick" factor that might elicit inappropriate responses (of the anti-religious sort)?
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Are local service recommendations on topic?

Are questions that ask if such-and-such a thing exists in their locale ontopic? Examples: Are there any safrut teachers in Boston? Who has a toiveling service in Los Angeles? In the past, this ...