Thursday, November 12, 2009

Mitzvah #28 - Do not benefit from idols

One may not have any benefit from idols, their sacrifices, priests or anything else dedicated to them.

Some items are worshiped but are not man-made, like mountains, trees planted for their fruit, animals not bread for idol-worship.

If these items are subsequently worshipped, one may still benefit from them, but not from items found on them.

Applies to everybody, everywhere, always.

Pasuk: "Do not bring repugnant items into your home" (Devorim 7:26) and "Don't retain anything from the shunned material" (ibid 13:18)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Negative Mitzvah 18

Shabbat Shalom,

- Danny
Thursday, 25 Marcheshvan 5770

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