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Ho To Nullify or Destroy an Idol?

Updated: Jan 5, 2023

Divine Code for September 12, 2022

Today: Page 171

Topic 8:13 -- 8:14

An idol of a non-Jew can be nullified by any mentally healthy and mature non-Jew.

A Jew cannot nullify an idol but he have the obligation to destroy it.

An expression in the Talmud is that it should be "removed from sight". This expression today means that the idol must be totally destroyed if an idol comes into the possession of a Jew and is not nullified.

An expression in the Talmud is that it must be "removed from sight". This expression today means that if an idol, if it is not nullified, comes into the possession of a Jew, it must be totally destroyed.

After the idol has been nullified by a non-Jew, both Jew and non-Jew may benefit from it.

If the idol-object has not been nullified, a Jew is commanded that he may not benefit from it (Deut. 7:26 and 13:18). This is a logical prohibition for Gentiles.

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Angelique Sijbolts is one of the main writers for the Noahide Academy. She has been an observant Noahide for many years. She studies Torah with Rabbi Perets every week. Angelique invests much of her time in editing video-lectures for the Rabbis of the Academy and contributes in administrating the Academy's website in English and Dutch. She lives in the north of the Netherlands. Married and mother of two sons. She works as a teacher in a school with students with special needs. And is a Hebrew Teacher for the levels beginners and intermediate. She likes to walk, to read and play the piano.


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