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Questions tagged [avodah-zarah]

Worship of foreign deities, one of the three cardinal sins.

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Is someone allowed to enter into a church to please his father or save a life? [closed]

Let's suppose that someone is a Jew by conversion (Ben Noach) and his father is Christian. If he goes to church (assuming that in the church they practice idolatry by worshipping the trinity) just to ...
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Can one eat avodah zarah food?

My question is simple: Can food offered as avodah zarah be eaten? Why?
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Profit when escaping something

Is it considered a hanaa/profit from something, when the earning arrived from escaping this thing? Let's say an example: Reuven was walking in a town, and suddenly he saw a church. He then changed ...
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which Divrei Minus are forbidden to read/hear today?

The Talmud in (Avodah Zara 16b–17a) brings that Rabbi Eliezer was upset that he had been accused by the Romans. His student, Rabbi Akiva suggested that perhaps he had heard a teaching of the minim and ...
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Does Chinese ancestor worship have the full status of idolotry?

In the front of a Chinese restaurant they have a small shrine - a succah less than a foot tall. Placed before it is a bowl of rice with vertical chopsticks and a plate of oranges. There is no idol ...
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Are Totem Poles considered to be Avodah Zarah?

A totem pole is a large carving, often made out of a tree, that depicts symbols or figures. They are usually made by various First Nations and Indigenous peoples around Canada and the United States. ...
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Is friendship with Christians and other idolaters permitted?

Does Torah permit having friends who are Christians/Muslims/other forms of Avodah Zarah?
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Are Jews allowed to pray on their knees?

If someone finds it a good way to have a concentration in pray while on his knees, can it be done? (Not talking about Amida/Sidur prayers, but talking with the creator.)
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Graven Image Question

Can someone give me sources from Tanakh and Halakhah on why it is permissible for a Jewish [certified kosher] bakery to make images from Christianity and their winter holiday? And if it is permissible,...
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David's Idol: why did he have one?

In שמואל א יט it says in reference to David's escape from Saul: וַתִּקַּ֨ח מִיכַ֜ל אֶת־הַתְּרָפִ֗ים וַתָּ֙שֶׂם֙ אֶל־הַמִּטָּ֔ה וְאֵת֙ כְּבִ֣יר הָֽעִזִּ֔ים שָׂ֖מָה מְרַֽאֲשֹׁתָ֑יו וַתְּכַ֖ס ...
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Who was the first to worship an idol?

A while back I asked a question about whether Cain was an idol worshiper (something I long suspected), and the answer seems to indicate that he probably wasn't (notwithstanding the fact that he wasn't ...
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Video games with god-like characters - Avodah Zara?

I found some answers on this site about if playing certain kinds of "Idolatrous" video games constitute avoda zara, such as Virtual Avodah Zara and While playing a computer game, may I "worship&...
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Is the Arya Samaj's version of Hinduism avodah zarah?

According to Judaism, non-Jews can only be regarded as righteous if they follow the seven Noachide laws: Not to worship idols. Not to curse God. To establish courts of justice. Not to ...
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Judaism's view of pagans/polytheists [duplicate]

How does Judaism view pagans or polytheists? Will they be burnt in hell for eternity like what Christianity and Islam say?
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If One Considers Chabad to be Avodah Zarah What Kosher Products Should He Avoid?

If one were to consider Chabad to be a religion of Avodah Zarah because of their practices regarding the Rebbe as Mashiach, what otherwise marked "kosher" products should one avoid that are Chabad-...
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Was Nebuchadnezzar's statue an image of Daniel himself?

The third chapter of Daniel brings the story of how King Nebuchadnezzar erected a statue made of gold for the people of the land to worship. (Ultimately, this is the story of how Hananiah, Mishael, ...
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Do idolaters pray to God?

A long time ago I read that our Sources say, "It is forbidden to disturb an idolater praying to his idols because, although he does not know it, he is praying to God." Is this accurate and what is the ...
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Making an image of G-d in your thoughts

Over and over again we read about the prohibition of idolatry in the Tenach. In the first place G-d commands us not to make any physical image of Him, or anything that represents Him. On the other ...
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Death over sins & idolatry for gentiles?

As we know there are certain sins a Jew cannot commit like murder or idol worship. A Jew should rather die than commit these sins. Does this apply to gentiles as well?
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How is Atheism considered a form of idol worship according to R. Donin?

In the book, "To Be A Jew: A Guide for Observance in Contemporary Life" (Rabbi Hayim HaLevy Donin), it states: "I do not hesitate to call atheism a form of faith too, not very different from many ...
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May one immerse in a body of water that was used for baptism?

Is there a problem with a Jew immersing him/herself in a mikvah or river area (such as the area in the Jordan River) that was previously used for avodah zarah, e.g. for baptizing? I am talking about ...
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Does Hashem create a Michshol?

There is a Jewish law forbidding putting a michshol, a stumbling block, in front of a blind person. This is extended also to mean that one should not lead others into sin, including providing the ...
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Why is asking for a bracha allowed?

It seems that it has become a universal Jewish custom to ask for blessings from tzadikim/talmidei chachamim. So I'm assuming this practice is allowed. There seems to be levels in how people treat ...
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What are examples where you would need to give up your life to ‘idolatry’ today?

What are examples where you would need to give up your life to ‘idolatry’ today? כדת ודין that could actually occur
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Do good christians go to heaven when they die (Gan Eden)? [duplicate]

Will Christians have a share in the world to come if they truly did not know that Judaism was true, and were brought up with Jesus their whole lives? And can that same concept be applied to atheist as ...
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How could we bring korban pesach in egypt if it was served as a deity?

It says Shemos 8,22: הן נזבח את תועבת מצרים לעיניהם ולא יסקלנו - "If we sacrifice the god of the the egyptians won't they stone us?" (Translation based on Rashi and Onklus) Rashi on Vayikra 1,2 - ...
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Showing respect and love for someone or things without worship but with the knowledge it's a deity or considered/treated as one in the eyes of others

Bowing is considered as a way to show respect, that's why one could bow to a king (Melachim 1:1:23) or why the brothers of Yosef bowed down to him (Bereshit 42:6). We dance with the Torah on Simchat ...
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Are Pictures On The Wall Idols? [duplicate]

My home is void of anything resembling an image in the likeness of G-ds creation.I see pictures of dead family members and more inside homes of others. Is this not idolizing the dead? I feel finding ...
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Egyptians not turning to their gods?

We read about a couple of "sorcery contests" between Moses and Egyptians, first turning the rods into serpents and then through the first plagues. Some well known facts: Egypt was a land of idol ...
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Can I wear a Pentagram T-shirt?

Can I wear a T-shirt with a 5 sided pentagram on it? It's usually associated with Wiccans/Satan so it's seems like there might be some kind of issur here, though I can't think of one.
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How was Matisyahu's murder justified

According to sforim chitsoynim, Matisyahu murdered an unarmed villager in Modin. I believe this tale is repeated in Rabbinic sources, perhaps the Medrash, because I was taught it in Yeshiva. My ...
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Is there a problem with saying/writing Antiochus Epiphanes?

Inspired by this question: Shulkan Arukh Yoreh De'ah 147 lists the prohibition to mention the name of a foreign deity (see also) Epiphanes means "God Manifest" in Greek. It is unclear to me if ...
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Is it permitted to visit a Druze dominant area?

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 ...
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Anger is a form of idolatry

I recall reading once that when one is hit with a stick that one does not get angry at the stick. This lesson went on to explain that because everything is G-d's will that the man who cause you harm ...
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What was the Talmudic and Rambam view on Hinduism (from idolatrous point)

India is mentioned in many ways in Talmud and clearly our sages had extensive trade with India, for example Kohen Gadol's garments and Ketoret ingredients see Mishnah and Talmud dealing-with-indian-...
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No Talmud and Rambam fear of Indian idolatry?

India is mentioned in many ways in Talmud, and clearly our sages had extensive trade with India, for example Kohen Gadol's garments and Ketoret ingredients see Mishnah and Talmud dealing-with-indian-...
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Is it required for observant Jews to not associate with one who has rejected Judaism?

I have observed that Orthodox Jews seem to withdraw from those who were once "frum" (observant) but are now secular. Are they obligated to do so? How are we to understand the parable in which God ...
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Is it allowed to say the country name “El Salvador”?

שולחן ערוך יורה דעה סימן קמ''ז says that it is forbidden to even mention the name of an עבודת כוכבים. Assuming that "Jesus" counts as this, is one allowed to say the name of the country "El Salvador"? ...
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Virtual Avodah Zara [duplicate]

My nephew showed me a new video game of his, Zelda: Breadth of the Wild. It's a massive action adventure game. The relevance of this game to MY is as follows. Part of the game involves collecting ...
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Why does specifically searching for a white chicken for kapparos “resemble the Amorites”?

The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, Sief 131 Siman 1, they make note of the prevailing custom to select a white chicken for use in the Kapparos ritual, based on a passuk in Sefer Yeshayah. .וּבוֹחֲרִים ...
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Is the worship of idols a kind of magic or witchcraft?

Is idolatry considered a kind of magic or witchcraft? If a person involved in idol worship gained some result, say the healing of someone through praying to the Christian deity, would it be ...
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Was Cain an idolater?

According to some commentaries that I have read, Cain was rejected by Hashem in Genesis 4 because he did not offer the first or choice of his field, but rather the dregs or at least standard fare. The ...
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What is the source of the Rambam's historical account of idol worship?

Rambam in his code of law under the section of idol worship (1:1-2) delineates the historical process which lead to the existence of idol worship starting with according honor to elements in nature ...
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Can an Atheist pour my wine?

Edited -- Thank you all for the helpful comments. Can an avowed non-Jewish atheist pour my non-mevushal wine for me? Can I share a bottle of wine with him/her?
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Game of Thrones Deities - Pemitted to Study?

The Rambam rules regarding studying the ways of Idolatry (Avodas Kochavim 2:2): סְפָרִים רַבִּים חִבְּרוּ עוֹבְדֵי כּוֹכָבִים בַּעֲבוֹדָתָהּ הֵיאַךְ עִקַּר עֲבוֹדָתָהּ וּמַה מַּעֲשֶׂיהָ ...
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Photographing an Eclipse

There is a general prohibition on depicting and/or owning depictions of celestial bodies, such as the sun and moon (see, e.g., the Rambam Hilkhoth Avoda Zara 3:18). Nonetheless, there are opinions ...
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What to do with idol worship relics or impure objects

Once knowing the truth of the Torah, and the seven noahide laws,I disposed of many things. I want to know how exactly are you to dispose of these things.( Parashat Re'eh) gives a set of instructions ...
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Ramban and Shituf. What is his position?

The Ramban on Devarim 7:6 says: בך בחר ה' אלהיך להיות לו לעם סגלה שאין לך קצין שוטר ומושל בכל מלאכי מעלה אבל אתה סגולת ה' תחת ידו ולכך לא תטעה לעבוד ע"ז מאלהי העמים וכבר הזכרתי זה פעמים רבות ...
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Is there any connection between love and idolatry?

Is there any connection between love and idolatry? I am asking this question in order to understand love and to see if there is a relationship between it and idolatry. Is there a connection, and if ...
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The status of Christian bibles nowadays

In SA OC 334:21 it is established that holy scripture written by a pagan should be burnt, האפיקורסים דהיינו האדוקים בעבודת כוכבים וכן מומרים לעבודת כוכבים שכתבו להם כתבי הקודש אין מצילים אותם ...