In another forum I frequent, the question of using some Jewish themed decorations and artifacts (for example Hannukah lights) by Non-Jews came up. Some felt it was a desecration, some went *meh*.

My thinking was as long as a Non-Jew treats any decorations/artifacts with similar reverence and respect as a Jew would for that same item, there is generally no harm done. For example:

  • A few cheap plastic Hannukah lights, meh....
  • A Sefer Torah, if it fell into the hands of a Non-Jew please treat with awe and respect that a Jew would, and restore to the Jewish Community as soon as possible.

The basic question: How is a non-Jew expected to treat artifacts of the Jewish religion. Ranging from items not sacred to the religion like plastic Hannukah decorations, up to a Sefer Torah for example?

  • related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/66825/170
    – msh210
    Aug 19, 2020 at 7:37
  • I'm trying to understand exactly what you are asking -- is it whether this is halachically sanctioned? Communally acceptable? Is it about guidelines or rules or how we should respond?
    – rosends
    Aug 19, 2020 at 10:44
  • Tried to clarify it a bit at the end, help?
    – tekiegreg
    Aug 19, 2020 at 12:47


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