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Old 03-17-2014, 08:49 PM
 
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Are Jews allowed to live in non-Jewish neighborhoods, or must they be isolated in close-knit communities like the Amish? In university, are practicing Jewish students allowed to live with non-Jewish roommates and share the same food? Can a non-Jewish person prepare kosher food for the Jewish roommate? What should a Jewish person do when he/she is invited to a Christian church or Muslim mosque or an Unitarian Universalist congregation?
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:03 PM
 
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My sister-in-law is a Jew and she has promised me when they take over the world, I will be protected.
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:28 PM
 
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I'll try and answer your questions, but some are not clear. Also, several of your questions are a bit vague.

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Are Jews allowed to live in non-Jewish neighborhoods
What's a non-Jewish neighborhood? 10%? 20%? 50%?
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or must they be isolated in close-knit communities like the Amish?
Ultra orthodox usually self segregate themselves.
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In university, are practicing Jewish students allowed to live with non-Jewish roommates and share the same food?
What does "practicing" mean? Also, according to my orthodox brethren NO child of his will ever attend a university if he can help it. Living with a non-Jew isn't a problem and they could even share the same food if the non-Jew kept kosher.
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Can a non-Jewish person prepare kosher food for the Jewish roommate?
Yes. However, there needs to be some supervision to make sure it is done properly.
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What should a Jewish person do when he/she is invited to a Christian church or Muslim mosque or an Unitarian Universalist congregation?
Do whatever s/he feels like. Most likely not go as it would be a waste of time. Out of curiosity, what would you do if you were invited to a Satanic seance?

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Old 03-17-2014, 10:50 PM
 
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I'll try and answer your questions, but some are not clear. Also, several of your questions are a bit vague.

What's a non-Jewish neighborhood? 10%? 20%? 50%?
I was thinking 95-99%.

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What does "practicing" mean?
Someone who practices Judaism.

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Out of curiosity, what would you do if you were invited to a Satanic seance?
Well, I don't really know what that is. I don't really believe in the supernatural or magic, but I'd probably do some research on it to make sure I don't get brainwashed into it.
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:29 PM
 
Location: OC/LA
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Someone who practices Judaism.
Yeah there's the biggest difficulty with answering your questions. Jews, as well as Judaism comes in all stripes and sizes. Despite what my colleagues have informed you, there is no one Judaism. Just like there's no one Christianity or one Islam. There are almost half a dozen views on what it means to be Jewish: ranging from ultra orthodox to conservative to reconstructionist to humanist.

So, it's basically impossible to answer your questions for all Jews who practice Judaism. However, with regards to your question as to where one can live, the % does not matter. Any Jew can live in any neighborhood he or she so chooses.

One of the active posters here, JB, lives in an wildly non-Jewish community in the South if you have any questions as to what that's like.


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Well, I don't really know what that is. I don't really believe in the supernatural or magic, but I'd probably do some research on it to make sure I don't get brainwashed into it.
And how would you "get brainwashed into it?" Can you not think for yourself?
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Old 03-18-2014, 06:21 AM
 
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And how would you "get brainwashed into it?" Can you not think for yourself?
People can find ways to proselytize, however subtle.
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Old 03-18-2014, 06:28 AM
 
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Yeah there's the biggest difficulty with answering your questions. Jews, as well as Judaism comes in all stripes and sizes. Despite what my colleagues have informed you, there is no one Judaism. Just like there's no one Christianity or one Islam. There are almost half a dozen views on what it means to be Jewish: ranging from ultra orthodox to conservative to reconstructionist to humanist.

So, it's basically impossible to answer your questions for all Jews who practice Judaism. However, with regards to your question as to where one can live, the % does not matter. Any Jew can live in any neighborhood he or she so chooses.

One of the active posters here, JB, lives in an wildly non-Jewish community in the South if you have any questions as to what that's like.
When you're an outsider to anything, you can easily see the whole group as the whole group. It takes a while to see the divisions among the group.

I'd probably have to obtain some knowledge on Judaism and Jewish life first before I ask any more questions, seeing that my questions are pretty much unanswerable.
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Old 03-18-2014, 06:52 AM
 
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Are Jews allowed to live in non-Jewish neighborhoods
Allowed by whom??? What country?
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:08 AM
 
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Allowed by whom??? What country?
I thought there was some sort of religious prohibition.
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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I thought there was some sort of religious prohibition.
Not really. Basically what is happening around the US is that they (Ultra Orthodox) are buying up neighborhoods (a house at a time) to create primarily Jewish neighborhoods. In some cities it works and in some it doesn't.
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