Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Shaya B Moishe Avodah Zarah?


Parshas Hashavua יתרו
 -- וְלֹא תָעָבְדֵם ---  לא תַעֲשֶׂה לְךָ פֶסֶל וְכָל תְּמוּנָה

Years ago, there were some Poskim who opposed
displaying Gedolim pictures. Today almost all hold
that it is acceptable to do so.

Looking at pictures of Gedolim might help us & our
children to identify with them and may have a positive

However, if these pictures are used to perform
miracles such as chasing away Mr.Schwartz & his
family from looting your property, or getting rid of
the mice in your kitchen or preventing Covid19 from
entering your home, then we  must ask why wouldn't
it be considered עבודה זרה.

Surely there will be some who will be able to come
up with a לומדישע סברא why it is מותר and do away
one of the ג' חמורות with just a simple סברא.

When they made the  עגל הזהב in the מדבר, then too
there were those who defended it with some made
up סברא why it is not an עבודה זרה but done לשם שמים





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