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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 […]
1,133. Permitted Signs
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166:2 A house, a baby, and a woman are not sorcery but they are a sign. For example, if one built a house, had a baby, or married a woman, whether he succeeds in three subsequent endeavors or not, it is a good indicator for him in the future and he can say such things […]
1,132. Superstition
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165:16 One may not enlist an idolator to serve as a child’s teacher or professional mentor. All the more so, one may not enlist an apostate Jew to fill these roles, as we are afraid the child may emulate him. 166:1 The Torah commands us (Leviticus 19:26) not to use divination or to follow omens. […]
1,131. Teaching on Shabbos
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165:14 On Shabbos, children should not be taught a new subject that they haven’t studied before. This is because we are not allowed to exert ourselves on Shabbos. That which they have already gone over once may be reviewed on Shabbos. 165:15 If a child found something, and certainly if something was given to him […]
1,130. Neglectful Teachers
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165:12 If a teacher leaves his students and goes out, or if he does some work with them other than their studies, or if he is lazy in his job – in any of these cases, we apply the verse “Cursed is the one who does the work of G-d negligently” (Jeremiah 48:10). Therefore, one […]
1,129. Starting School
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165:10 As soon as a child starts to talk, he is taught the verses of “Torah tziva lanu Moshe…” (“Moshe commanded us the Torah…” – Deuteronomy 33:4) and Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4). One must make sure that the child is not soiled when teaching him Torah. The child is gradually taught various Torah verses until he […]
1,128. Teaching Torah to One’s Children
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165:8 According to the law, it’s permissible for a Jewish baby to be nursed by a non-Jewish woman but it’s preferable to have it done by a Jewish woman if possible. Similarly, if a Jewish nursing mother needs to eat some non-kosher food for medical reasons, it would be better not to nurse on those […]