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174. Idolatrous Midwives and Wet-Nurses
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Avodas Kochavim 9:16 A Jewish woman may not nurse the child of an idolator because doing helps to raise an idolator. She should not serve as a midwife for an idolator but she may do so for a fee in order to avoid animosity. A Jewish woman may engage an idolator to serve as a […]
173. An Idolator’s Wedding Feast
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Avodas Kochavim 9:14 The flutes of idolators may not be used in Jewish mourning. One may attend an idolators’ fair and purchase animals, servants, houses, fields, and vineyards. One may draw up a bill of sale in accordance with local secular law because doing so redeems these things from idolators. This applies to buying from […]
172. Idolatrous Stores and Real Estate Transactions
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Avodas Kochavim 9:12 Let’s say a certain city has an idol and in that city some shops are decorated and others are not. One is not permitted to derive benefit from the decorated shops or anything they contain, since the presumption is that they were decorated for idolatrous purposes. It is permitted to benefit from […]
171. A City With an Idol
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Avodas Kochavim 9:10 One who is traveling is not permitted to pass through a city that has an idol in it if the route goes specifically to that destination. If it goes elsewhere and he just happened upon the city with the idol, it is permitted. Avodas Kochavim 9:11 It is prohibited to build a […]
170. Hazardous Materials
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Avodas Kochavim 9:8 Just as it is prohibited to sell idolators things to assist them in idolatry, it is prohibited to sell them things that can pose a public menace, like bears, lions, weapons, and manacles. One is likewise not permitted to sharpen their weapons. Anything that one may not sell to an idolator may […]
169. Items Designated for Idolatry
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Avodas Kochavim 9:6 If an item is designated for use in the service of an idol in a particular location, that kind of item may never be sold in that place to the worshippers of that idol. Things that are not so designated may be sold to them without asking how they will be used. […]
168. Private Holidays
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Avodas Kochavim 9:4 The members of the Canaanite nations are idolators and Sunday is their holiday. Therefore, it is prohibited in Israel to conduct business with them on the Thursday and Friday of each week. It goes without saying that one may not do so on Sunday itself; transactions with them are prohibited everywhere on […]
167. Gifts To and From Idolators
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Avodas Kochavim 9:2 It is prohibited to send a non-Jew a gift on one of their holidays unless he knows that the recipient is not an idolator. Similarly, if a non-Jew sends a Jew a gift on one of their holidays, the Jew should not accept it unless refusing will generate ill will. If he […]