Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Halocho #1034- Calling idols by name is forbidden

One may not mention the name of idols for any reason - not even as a landmark to meet somebody (as in "meet me next to idol so-and-so") - as it says in (שְׁמוֹת (כ"ג:י"ג:

וְשֵׁם אֱלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים לֹא תַזְכִּירוּ, לֹא יִשָּׁמַע עַל-פִּיךָ 
"and the name of other gods do not mention".

One should not cause even a non-Jew to mention the name of his idols, with the exception of having the non-Jew swear in court, where some opinions are lenient. 

Mockery is frowned upon, with the exception of mocking idol worship. 

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch: 167:9, 10

- Danny
Tuesday, 18 Shvat 5773

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