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161. Water, Rocks, and More
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Avodas Kochavim 8:2 If someone bowed down to water that was lifted up by a wave, he would not cause that water to become prohibited. If he picked some water up with his hands and bowed down to it, that water would be rendered prohibited. If rocks that slid off a mountain were worshipped where […]
160. When Nature is Worshipped Idolatrously
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Avodas Kochavim 7:19 One may derive benefit from animals slaughtered with a knife used for idolatry because doing so decreases the animal’s value. If the animal was likely to die, it is forbidden to derive benefit because slaughtering it enhanced its value; this would then constitute benefitting from an accessory of idolatry. Similarly, one may […]
159. Idols with Bathhouses; Bathhouses with Idols
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Avodas Kochavim 7:17 If an idol has a bathhouse or a garden, one may derive benefit from it so long as he does not express gratitude. If one must express gratitude for the service, it is prohibited. If the garden or bathhouse is owned jointly by the place of idolatrous worship and another party, one […]
158. Things Found on an Idol
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Avodas Kochavim 7:15 It is not prohibited to derive benefit from meat, wine or fruit that was prepared as an offering for idolatry. Even if it was brought into the temple of an idol, it does not become prohibited until it is actually brought as an offering. Once it has been brought as an offering, […]