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American Idols

The "False Gods" of Our Day and Age

This 6-part series looks at the "false gods" of American society: money, love, self, happiness, equality and celebrity.

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The Worship of 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.
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39:38
The Worship of Entitlement
Do we deserve to be here? Or is our existence an unearned gift? A sense of entitlement is the idolatrous notion that "If I exist, then I must be important."
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The Worship of Self
Is taking care of yourself an inherent value? The difference between "self-improvement" and "improvement of self."
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35:00
The Worship of Happiness
Serving G-d with joy is a virtue. So when does happiness become a false god? When there is a "pursuit of happiness." True happiness is to be content with what G-d gives you whereas idolatrous happiness is the desire for more than what you have.
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35:32
The Worship of Love
Americans are a society of people who "love to love." But is love itself a value?
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39:47
Worship of Celebrity
Today's society reveres famous people just for being famous. What is the difference between celebrityhood and true leadership?
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