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Charity/Tzedaka
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Introduction to Charity/Tzedaka The Torah requires everyone to give charity (tzedaka), and even people who are so poor that they receive charity must also give something to charity. The giving of charity engenders consideration for people who have less than we do. How Much To Give Normal Donation Charity at 10% After Taxes You must […]
154. Found Statues
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Avodas Kochavim 7:7 Statues belonging to idolators that are found discarded in the marketplace or in a scrap heap are permitted. It goes without saying that this applies to fragments of such statues. On the other hand, if one finds a hand, foot, or other limb from a statue representing a star or a constellation, […]
153. Idols in a Purchase or an Inheritance
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Avodas Kochavim 7:5 If one person made an idol for another person, he receives lashes but the money he earned in doing so is permitted. This is so even when he made the idol for a non-Jew, meaning that the idol is prohibited as soon as it has been made. This is because the idol […]
152. Idols Belonging to Non-Jews and to Jews
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Avodas Kochavim 7:3 We are not permitted to benefit from an animal that was wholly offered to an idol, not even from its excrement, bones, horns, hooves, or hide. For example, if the hide of an animal shows signs that it was offered to an idol, such as if it has a round hole in […]
151. Destroying Idols
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Avodas Kochavim 7:1 There is a Torah obligation to destroy idols, their accessories, and everything that is made for their service, as per Deuteronomy 12:2 (“You must surely destroy all the places where the nations… served their idols”) and Deuteronomy 7:5 (“…you shall tear down their altars”). In Israel, one is required to seek out […]