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I could see why Esther would need to do that. But why would Mordecai, a righteous, observant Jew, be named after a Babylonian deity?
The Worship of Money
American Idols—Money
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.
What is it that brought thinking men and women to abandon the Master for the servant? To serve a single star rather than He who sprinkles out galaxies as dust? To play with spiritual forces and energies rather than connect to the Source of Life? That brin...
Ancient man looked up to the stars, modern man down to the headlines. Both are fools.
The Message of the Shabbat Candles
A Chabad emissary in the Ukraine touches the life of another through Shabbat candles, and light up their corner of the world with the awareness of G d—which is actually the very message of the Shabbat candle.
If we accept the premise that people in the ancient world were easily enticed to worship idols, G‑d's command to destroy the idols makes perfect sense...
Ki Tisa Parshah Report
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Gefilte Fish gives an in-depth analysis of the Golden Calf, explains the importance of not worshipping idols, and complains about the lack of Fresca in the IKS studio.
I don't mean massive temples with human sacrifices. What about a civilized idolater, in the privacy of his own home? What's so terrible?
There was a time in Jewish history, it must of been a really long time ago, when the drug of choice for most people was idolatry... Go figure. The cocaine of idolatry was Baal. The high society would secretly worship Baal.
Without a doubt, we have experienced tremendous hardship and pain throughout our history—more so, perhaps, than other nations. But Jewish history is anything but tragic . . .
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