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In this first class of the series, Rabbi Friedman introduces and defines the general concept of idol worship before looking at specific “idols” of American society, starting with the worship of money.

American Idols—Money

American Idols—Money

The Worship of Money

Rabbi Manis Friedman, a noted Chassidic philosopher, author and lecturer, is dean of Bais Chanah Women's Institute of Jewish Studies.
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January 24, 2014
Good Teaching!
G-d Bless you for doing it!
November 30, 2013
What it means to worship G-d
1st of all, in my opinion, God just means "One who is in the highest authority". Therefore to worship G-d means, (honor), i.e live by his laws, and to trust in G-d means, to trust in his word by believing the consequences he said they would bring. Therefore anyone who subjects themselves to ways/laws that are contrary the laws/Mitzvahs of G-d, is idol worshiping whosoevers laws/ways they subject themselves to, if those laws/ways are contrary to the word of G-d.
September 30, 2013
American Idol of Money
Very good instruction and very wise. Thank you for providing this.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452
May 3, 2012
these subjects are so good, good lecture!!
james cooley
Kansas city, Kansas usa
January 25, 2012
I totally agree with the comment from: Posted By Anonymous, Mesa, Arizona, USA

It is true, what a world this would be if the billionaires and zillionaires would just give a drop off their money! But I see them as wicked for not being able to...I believe this will bring judgement unto them.
January 20, 2012
Rabbi Worship
Ummmmm... very possible, does it depend on what goes on in the mind behind the statement? or is it more corporeal than that, like guru worship?
Durham, UK
January 18, 2012
thank you great subject and lecture.
January 16, 2012
Rabbi Worship
A lot of people--especially a lot of haredim--engage in rabbi worship and this appears to be facilitated by the rabbis and religious establishment. By "rabbi worship" I mean that people appear to treat rabbis, not only as instruments of G-d but as purely righteous tzaddikim whose keverim are a valid place to pray with notes to the rabbis, upon the rabbis' deaths. (I am religious but I think that a lot of people, due to their need for a corporeal experience, engage in rabbi worship.
January 9, 2012
So good to hear this, Thankyou for this wisdom it gave me so much. thankyou!!
stockholm, sweden
December 30, 2011
Thank you Rabbi Friedman for you clear elucidations.

May your satisfaction increase in proportion to the number of people you have helped though your knowdege and teaching.
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