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150. An Asheira (Tree for Idolatry)
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Avodas Kochavim 6:9 If a person plants a tree near the altar or anywhere in the Temple courtyard, he is liable for the penalty of lashes. It makes no difference if it is a fruit-bearing tree or not, as per Deuteronomy 16:21, “Do not plant an asheira of any kind of tree near the altar […]
149. Stone Floors in Shuls
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Avodas Kochavim 6:7 The prohibition against bowing down on a stone applies everywhere outside the Temple. In the Temple, one may bow down to God on a stone surface. This is derived from Leviticus, 26:1, which says, “Do not place a kneeling-stone in your land.” It is only prohibited to bow down on stones “in […]
148. Prostrating on a Stone
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Avodas Kochavim 6:5 The prohibition against handing one’s children over to the service of Molech includes legitimate and illegitimate children, sons and daughters, children and grandchildren. One would be liable for handing over any descendant, because they are all his “seed” (the term used in Leviticus 20:2). On the other hand, if one passed a […]
147. The Service of Molech
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Avodas Kochavim 6:3 One who willingly and intentionally gives some of his children to Molech is liable for the penalty of excision (kareis). If he acted inadvertently, he must bring a sin offering. If there were witnesses who warned him, he is liable to execution by stoning, as per Leviticus 20:2, “Whoever gives of his […]
146. Sorcery
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Avodas Kochavim 6:1 If a person willingly and intentionally performs actions associated with various types of sorcery, he is liable for the penalty of excision (kareis). If there are witnesses who warned him, the offender is executed by stoning. If he did these things inadvertently, he must bring a sin offering. One type of sorcerer […]
The Talit Gadol
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Description The minimum size for a talit gadol is so you could put it over your head and wrap your body in it (even though this is not how you must wear it!). A talit gadol (or a talit katan) must be made from at least 51% natural fibers. A talit should be primarily white. […]