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1,143. The Suspicion of Violence
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167:17 A Jew should not be alone with a non-Jew as they are suspected of bloodshed. (Editor’s note: thankfully, this may not be consistent with readers’ experience but it was certainly the case for much of history and even in some places today.) 167:18 A non-Jewish woman may not nurse a Jewish child in her […]
1,142. Praising an Idolator
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167:15 It is forbidden to praise an idolator, even to comment favorably on his appearance, and certainly one may not praise his deeds or his words. This is also included in the prohibition of “do not flatter them” (Deuteronomy 7:2). However, if one’s intention is to praise G-d for creating such an attractive person, then […]
1,141. Giving Gifts
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167:13 Mocking is prohibited except for mocking idolatry, which is permitted. 167:14 It is prohibited to give a gift with no strings attached to a non-Jew one doesn’t know, as per Deuteronomy 7:2, “do not flatter them.” The Talmud (Avodah Zara 20a) understands this to mean not giving them presents. If one knows him, however, […]
1,140. Uttering the Names of Idols
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167:11 It is forbidden to carry out business with idolators in a place where they gather together under the impression that their sins are forgiven there. 167:12 It’s forbidden to utter the name of an idol, whether for some purpose – such as to tell a friend, “Wait for me next to such-and-such idol” – […]
1,139. Bending Down Near an Idol
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167:9 If one has a thorn in his foot or if he dropped some coins in front of an idol, he may not bend over to remove the thorn or to pick up the coins because it will appear as if he is bowing to the idol. This is prohibited even if there are no […]
1,138. Enjoying an Idol’s Ornaments
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167:7 It’s forbidden to gaze at an idol or its ornaments as per Leviticus 19:4, “do not turn to idols.” One must distance himself four cubits from a house of idolatry, and certainly from the idol itself, in order not to pass by there. One may not listen to the music or smell the incense […]
1,137. Working for the Sake of an Idol
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167:5 A cross that people bow down to may not be used without being nullified. A cross that is worn as a necklace by religious adherents need not be nullified. 167:6 One may not do anything for the sake of idols, not even installing the windows in the house of idolatry. One may not sell […]
1,136. Priestly Vestments
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167:3 If candles were lit for the idol and a non-Jew put them out for his own use, if he later sells them to a Jew, they are permitted. This is because, since he put them out for himself, it nullifies them. Nevertheless, one should not use these candles for a mitzvah – nor any […]
1,135. Idols
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167:1 It’s forbidden to derive any benefit from idols, their accessories, their ornaments or their offerings. If one of these things got mixed up among permitted objects, even in a ratio of one to a thousand, they are all prohibited. Accessories of an idol include the vessels used in its service, the pedestal on which […]
1,134. A Magic Show
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166:4 The Sages defined soothsaying as one who holds the eyes, meaning that he deceives people so that it appears to them as if he has done some amazing or supernatural thing. Really, all he has done is to perform some sleight of hand in order to deceive them. Those who do such things even […]