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Freemasonry is considered by some to be Luciferian (1). When witchcraft was legalized in the U.K., see here, Wicca copied the rituals of Freemasonry as their own magick rituals. It's based on Illuminism, the belief in self-deification with Lucifer as their archetypical example to imitate. Their monotheistic "one God" is mankind itself. Its origins are all ...


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Maharsha (Brachot 57b), quoted by R Akiva Eiger OC 224, gives the following text for destroying Avoda Zara in Israel: ברוך אתה ה אלוהינו מלך העולם אשר קידשנו במצוותיו וצוונו לעקור [ע"ז] מארצינו (RAE doesn't explicitly limit this to Israel, and it's not clear to me if he thought this was obvious because the Mitzva isn't as strong in the Diaspora or if ...


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I do not believe Sikhism contains elements of either avodah zarah or problematic Shituf. Sikhism is a strict monotheism (Ek Onkar - One God) based on the teachings of the 11 Gurus (10 human teachers, one textual, the Guru Grath Sahib). It was started around 1500 CE by Guru Nanak in the Punjab part of India. For baptized (ordained/confirmed) Sikhs (male ...


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Shulchan Aruch Yore Dea 141, sayif 4 & 5. I'll trying to summarize the opinion of the Shach. Shach SQ 21: If you have a composition with a face of man which someone else made, or that you made yourself earlist, and you complete the "last 3 faces" you violate Lo Taasun Iti. (The 4 faces are described in the Merkavah of Yechezkel, the Chayot has a face ...


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The problem of sculpture is "Lo Taasun Iti" Not everything falls under the prohibition. We see developments in Gemara RH 23 and AZ 43ab. See Rambam hilchot AZ 3, 10-11 (with sources) Abstract Jew may create sculpture, under the above restrictions. For pictures also, it seems from the text of Rambam that there are some restrictions. Statue of animals and ...


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Rabeinu Bahya in Chovot Halevavot Gate 1 implies it is not compatible with Judaism's core beliefs. ch.1 After investigating after what is the most necessary of the cornerstones and fundamentals of our religion, we found that the wholehearted acceptance of the unity of G-d is the root and foundation of Judaism. It is the first of the gates of the ...


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I will try and answer the question without mentioning the name of their deity The Halacha The verse states, "The names of other gods you may not mention; it should not be heard on your lips" Shemot 23:13. The Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh Deah 147:1) rules that it is prohibited to mention the name of an avodah zarah whether or not there is a reason to do so. ...



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