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What are some mistakes non-Jewish people should avoid when asking questions on this site?

Another thing (besides the other answers here, I mean): If you are asking a question about a Bible (Tanach) text, and it's not necessary (for your question) that you use a particular translation, ...
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ראשון Rishon singular - noun ראשונים Rishonim plural - Literally "the first ones"; leading Rabbis and Poskim who lived approximately from the 11th to the 15th centuries
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ממה נפשך -- m'mah nafshach, mimah nafshach -- prepositional phrase - literally whatever you think Used to introduce a disjunction elimination, namely, that no matter which option you choose from a ...
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What are some mistakes non-Jewish people should avoid when asking questions on this site?

Anything that smacks of challenging and looking for debate rather than honest intellectual inquisitiveness. More often than not you can tell by the tone and approach of the question, so i would ...
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ספק – safek – adjective – a doubt or uncertainty. contrasts with וודאי – vaday – adjective – certain "There was a safek if the meat was from the Kosher store or not." ספק ספיקא– sefeik sefeika – ...
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הלכה למעשה - halacha l'ma'aseh - practical halacha
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תורה — Torah The Pentateuch: the first five books of the Bible (Genesis through Deuteronomy). That word appears six times in the Torah. (nonstandard) A copy of the Pentateuch, especially a scroll ...
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‏(תַּלְמוּד) יְרוּשָׁלְמִי — (Talmud) Yerushalmi — the Jerusalem Talmud
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חז"ל — Hazal, Chazal [lit. acronym for חכמינו זכרם לברכה; our sages of blessed memory] — Used to refer collectively to the sages of the Talmud. Oftentimes referred to by default as 'the Sages'. May ...
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תשובה — teshuvah, t'shuva — noun — literally, a return a reply letter to a question, especially one of Jewish law or practiceRabbi Schwartz spends a lot of time on each teshuvah, making sure it's ...
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באַשערט — bashert — (originally, adjective) preordained, destined (thus, noun) soulmate, preordained spouse This is from the Yiddish adjective, and you sometimes see it declined for case, gender, ...
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חילול השם - Chillul Hashem Desecration of Hashem's name. For more detail see Wikipedia.
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נושאי כלים - nos'ei keilim Literally "armiger" or "arms-bearer," this word is commonly used to refer to commentaries on an earlier work (especially in halacha). For example, Mishna Berura is ...
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מִצְוָה — Mitzvah — singular noun — commandment, command; specifically, a religious command of God's or any of a particular class of rabbinic edicts classified as "mitzvah of the rabbis" mitzvos, ...
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חס ושלום — chas v'shalom — roughly, Heaven forfend, God forbid (See also more information on its etymology / literal meaning and what it's used for.) ח״ו — ch"v — abbreviation.
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שבע מצוות בני נח‎ Sheva mitzvot B'nei Noach -- The Seven Laws of Noah (also known as the Noahide or Noachide laws) that apply to non-Jewish people. Do not worship idols or any deity other than God. ...
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מחלל שבת -- M'Chalel Shabbat, Mchallel Shabbat, Mchalel Shabbos - [One who] desecrates the Sabbath. חילול שבת -- Chillul Shabbat, Chilul Shabbos - Desecration of the Sabbath.
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בפרהסיא Bfarhesia, B'farhesia - Publically, In Public
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מיקל – meikel – verb – to be lenient, as in matters of law. contrasts with מחמיר – machmir – verb – to be stringent or strict, as in matters of law. Rabbi Schwartz is meikil on the issue, while ...
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What are some mistakes non-Jewish people should avoid when asking questions on this site?

I would suggest you read a few questions to try to get a feel for the tone and content expected here. In general, any question that is asked respectfully is welcome. Questions should focus on facts ...
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