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Is a Jew permitted to sleep in a room/house where there are idolatrous images on the walls, such as JC, virgin Mary, etc.? What about non-Jews?

  • If he's sleepy why not? – kouty Apr 18 at 20:03
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    I remember it should be checked if those are worshipped or not. If they are this is בית ע"ז and forbidden to stay in, like a church, if those are only for decoration, it's permitted. Think about a St. X hospital - lots of images that are not worshipped. – Al Berko Apr 18 at 20:15
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    More problenatic is davenning in such a room – Josh K Apr 18 at 20:22
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    @AlBerko By worshipping you mean praying to those images? What if people living in that house are Christians and pray to JC? What if we're not sure if they are praying specifically to the images? – Dan Weisberg Apr 18 at 20:28
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    @DanWeisberg Please see my answer. – Al Berko Apr 18 at 20:44
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  1. Images/statues of people are not A"Z by itself, no matter what. You can have pictures of Rabbis and Moses and your grandfathers in your house.

  2. What makes it A"Z is the fact that those are worshipped by different ways of worshipping an A"Z like in a church:

    • In a place where those pictures serve only as decoration, staying is permitted. Think about St. X hospital - lots of images that are not worshipped. My Grandma Z"l at 105 stayed in St. Louis hospital in Jerusalem for the last month of her life and it has a couple of statues inside.

    • In a place where those particular images are worshipped, it is forbidden to stay or visit (unless in a big need).

  3. There's always a consideration of מראית עין - in any way don't let people think you're enjoying your stay.

  • 1) I'm fairly certain your first sentence is wrong. Without a source that an image like a cross is 'not A"Z by itself, no matter what', your claim sounds dubious. 2) 'In a place where those particular images are worshipped, it is forbidden to stay or visit (unless in a big need).' A"Z is one of the three that is Yehareg V'al Ya'avor. If this is forbidden due to A"Z, what difference does 'big need' matter? – Salmononius2 Apr 18 at 21:04
  • @Salmononius2 1. I said, people, not objects. 2. Worshipping is YVY, not seeing. Like visiting a church is not YVY, it's just a Maris Eyn. – Al Berko Apr 18 at 21:12
  • Bringing sources would definitely help – Dan Weisberg Apr 19 at 6:10
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    What makes you think images of saints and JC in Catholic hospitals aren’t worshipped? Hospital patients pray; in fact, some pray quite a lot. Do you think that if this patient room has been used by a person of that faith that they wouldn’t make some connection between their prayers and the image there? Even in a hallway, I saw people leave flowers to a statue of Mary. But if the room you are given has an idol in it, and you can’t have it removed, why are you not allowed to sleep there? Is this idol served by sleeping in its presence? – Ze'ev Felsen Apr 19 at 14:38

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