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Rabbi Moshe Feinstein writes (Igros Moshe vol. 8 OCH ch. 43) that even according to those who forbid prayers to angels as intermediaries in any circumstance, utilizing human intermediaries is permitted. This is true for prophets as evident from II Kings (4:23) and for Torah scholars as evident from Berachos 34b. אך איכא מחלוקת רבותינו הראשונים לבקש מהם ...


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It seems pretty clear from the Rambam's first law of Idolatry that nearly all such worship was of angels. Idolatry is born of worshipping G-d's "entourage" because they are closer to the King, and then focusing so much on the middle-man they forget there is a G-d it was supposed to be all about. This does appear to be historically true. The Chaldean god ...


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The First Temple prophets used a lot of metaphor describing idolatry as the Jewish people being "unfaithful in marriage" to God. Today, however, shovavim is a time period when many Jews focus on repentance from sexual sin (or better yet, improved education on sexuality in Judaism). We don't experience the same drive towards idolatry that they did in the ...


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Idol worship is not like atheism which is incompatible with believing in God. Idol worship is the idea that by worshipping a specific power you will get the benefits of that power. The ideology of an idol worshipper is very different from what Hashem wants. We worship Hashem because He told us to, not as a means of gaining something -- although we are aware ...


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Why do some Jews prefer to live among Christians as opposed to Muslims? This question is difficult to answer. The most likely explanation is that modern Muslim nations are often very hostile towards Jews, whereas most modern majority Christian nations are largely friendly towards Jews. It is also important to note that most majority Christian countries ...


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The song is a wonderful song. I don't think that it poses any theological problems. Actually, it expresses one of the tenets of Torah Judaism. Children understand very well that there are things that are true that they don't understand. They understand that lack of understanding does not take away from a truth expressed. On the topic of the words of ...



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