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Does the Talmud say, "The Jews are called human beings, but the non-Jews are not humans. They are beasts."?

This is a situation in which inadequate understanding of terminology causes confusion. In the referenced text, the Jews are called Adam, and the Gentiles are not called Adam. The Gentiles are the non-...
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Did a Jewish rabbi precisely calculate the duration of the full moon cycle 1800 years ago?

Maimonidies (12th Century) puts it at 29.530594. His source is the Talmud (Bavli RH 25a) (~7th century quoting a rabbi from the 2nd century). (For the curious the precise number given is 29 days, 12 ...
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Did Hitler support zionism?

Wiktionary support, verb: To back a cause, party, etc., mentally or with concrete aid. To help, particularly financially. Although there is evidence that Hitler agreed to (perhaps initiated) a ...
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Did fewer Jews die of the Black Plague because of ritual washing?

So, the JewishHistory.org website touts the hygiene of the ghettos in this way: The sanitary conditions in the Jewish neighborhood, primitive as it may be by today’s standards, was [sic] always ...
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How old is Judaism?

The comments on this question have correctly pointed out that it is possibly unanswerable because of the variety of meanings attributed to the word "Judaism." The question, as well as the ...
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Do certain religious traditions believe that Eve had sex with the Serpent?

Eve having Sex with the serpent This is also called the serpent seed theory. The idea is that the arch angel Samael was the serpent and used that form to have sex with Eve, which then resulted in the ...
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Did a Jewish rabbi precisely calculate the duration of the full moon cycle 1800 years ago?

The measurement of the mean lunar month as 29 days, 12 hours, and 793/1080 of an hour is (in this notation) first found in Treatise on the Computation of the Chronology of the Jews and their Festivals ...
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Are Jewish students over-represented at Harvard University?

Jewish students are overrepresented in Harvard compared to the percentage of Jews in the US total population, but the graph shown misleading and is based on wrong numbers. The Graph is Misleading ...
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Does the Torah-encoded age of the universe match science?

I like the other answers, but I like the question so I wanted to give a more complete and thorough answer. I'd have to say, though I much prefer religious folk contorting their holy books to match ...
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Are there more Mormons in the world than Jews?

Yes, this seems to be right. I found this report which states worldwide Jewish population to be estimated at about 13,8 million in 2013. At the latest LDS General Conference (April 2015), the ...
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Does the Talmud say, "The Jews are called human beings, but the non-Jews are not humans. They are beasts."?

In chapter 114b of Baba Metzi'a (page 404 of the linked PDF), I find these lines in the first paragraph to be closest to the claim: The graves of Gentiles do not defile, for it is written, And ye ...
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How old is Judaism?

One of the leading biblical scholars in the United States, Michael D. Coogan, dates the archeological evidence for the events described in the Old Testament at ca. 3300-1200 BCE.1 The first five ...
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Was the Pentateuch dated back to the second millenium B.C.E?

The source you quote makes the case for authorship in the Mosaic era (or even by Moses himself, as is the tradition), based on internal textual evidence and where there is an apparent lack of motive ...
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Did fewer Jews die of the Black Plague because of ritual washing?

Compliance with rules for hygiene could not reduce mortality from plague so much - ...today it is accepted that the percentage of Jews who died in the plague was not less than the percentage of ...
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Is the story of a divine miracle at Mt. Sinai, witnessed by a national audience, unique among cultures or religions?

Christianity points to its founding on the Day of Pentecost, described in Acts 2, when an entire group not only observed a miracle but each one personally participated in it. The event is ...
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Did The Maharal of Prague claim this verse was recursive?

The Maharal surely didn't use the word "recursion", which is from the 20th century (and in English, which he didn't speak). I understand Sussman's dedication as an interpretation of the Maharal's ...
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Did the Israeli paper Ma'ariv run an article titled "The Jews Who Run Clinton's Court" in 1994?

The article seems real, but mentions influence, not control. There seems to be a bit of a mix up about who said what: An article published in the Israeli newspaper Maariv in 1994, authored by ...
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Does the Talmud say, "The Jews are called human beings, but the non-Jews are not humans. They are beasts."?

TL;DR - the claim is false, partly a phrase taken (slightly) out of context (the first part) and partly a complete fabrication (the second part). I've heard this claim before, and got intrigued, ...
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Did a Jewish rabbi precisely calculate the duration of the full moon cycle 1800 years ago?

It is written in the Talmud (Rosh Hashanah p.25), which is dated 200-500 CE, and attributed of Gamlial (a Jewish leader early in the first century CE), who claimed to have learnt it from his ...
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