I was wondering if its permitted to visit a Druze dominant area, as sometimes when I go to Israel with my family we go there and now since becoming more observant, I'm not so sure of the rules so not sure if its permitted or not.. can someone please help me out? I'd appreciate it.

  • Do you mean a mosque, or a general region? Note that druze is at least nominally monotheistic – mevaqesh Dec 10 '17 at 18:19
  • General region, Its just a druze village that we tend to visit sometimes. – Yemimah Dec 10 '17 at 18:31
  • @Yemimah OK and all my neighbors are Christian. I don't think it matters if you live in a city dominated by people of other faiths besides Judaism. Just know that it'll be very hard to be a practicing Jew, as there won't be a synagogue, eruv, kosher restaurants and markets, etc. – ezra Dec 11 '17 at 3:58
  • Thank you Ezra. it is very difficult to be a practicing Jew as I don't live nearby those things.. – Yemimah Dec 11 '17 at 7:27

While it is hard to prove the negative, based on my knowledge there would be no specific prohibition on going to Druze areas. Indeed, most of the world is controlled by people other than Jews, such as Christians, who are considered worshipers of avoda zara, (see e.g. here), yet many Jews frequent and have frequented Christian areas, and as far as I know, no problems have been raised.

Incidentally, Druze is at least nominally monotheistic. For a discussion of the status of the Druze, see here, including the view of R. Uri Cohen that it is not avoda zara.

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