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I attended a pidyon petter chamor in Pittsburgh in 2017. It was organized by the Kollel and attended by many of the local Orthodox rabbis (and lots of other people). Unfortunately the web site they set up at the time is no longer there (and not in the Wayback Machine), but I have a video (linked on my blog post about the event). In the (first, ...


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Yes, the money derived from the sale of Tikrovet Avoda Zara is forbidden. Rambam AZ 7.2. Tikrovet has the same din as AZ itself. This din is extracted from the Mishna AZ dad 29b, Gemara 32b (a zevach compared to dead that is prohibited from hanaa) , as stated in the OP. ז, ב עבודה זרה עצמה, ומשמשיה, ותקרובת שלה, וכל הנעשה בשבילה-- אסור בהנאה, שנאמר "...


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R. Ethan Tucker discusses a very similar issue -- whether one can "salute the ancestors" at a karate class -- in the below podcast. He concludes that much depends on the intent of the person who put up the photo/shrine, and whether the salute is understood as a form of real worship or a customary mark of respect. http://jpmedia.co/can-i-bow-down-during-...


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Rashi in Gittin 12b says Hekdesh can only work on something that is worth a shave Pruta: אין הקדש חל על פחות משוה פרוטה The Ramban argues Hekdesh can work on something worth less than a shave pruta but it needs to be tangeble and worth something: אם היה אותו ממון בעין והקדישו אפילו אפחות משוה פרוטה נמי אחילי. avoda zara is considerred not tangeble ...


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