Wednesday, April 22, 2009

House of Idols


This afternoon, as I was headed to the train station, I looked back towards the building that I work in. The setting sun shone on the statue on top of the building and I realized that the building where I work is crowned by a statue of the Greco-Roman goddess Ceres. And I had a fleeting thought - does the statue count as an idol, and if so, am I prohibited from working inside?

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, You have to quit your job and move to Meah Shearim immediately.

April 23, 2009 2:26 AM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

Only if you become my chavrusa :)

April 23, 2009 7:15 AM  
Blogger Acher said...

Can I come watch. I'm sure it will be quite a spectacle.

April 23, 2009 10:19 AM  
Blogger gamzoo said...

it doesn't count as an idol since it was not made for worship, only decoration, nor was it ever worshiped

April 23, 2009 12:38 PM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

You're right gamzoo,

I remember some Gemorah about a tanna who used to bathe in some public baths that had a statue of Aphrodite. When they asked him, he said, if the gentiles can undress in front of her, it is not an idol since it is not respected...

April 23, 2009 12:42 PM  
Blogger Theophrastus said...

You may need to worry more about those green bills in your wallet -- far too many people, Jew and Gentile alike, view those pieces of paper as deities.

April 23, 2009 7:35 PM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

No worries, Theo. I don't have any green bills in my wallet!

April 23, 2009 8:34 PM  
Blogger evanstonjew said...

it's a ruse...they put up a statue to Ceres, but they really worshiped Mercury-Hermes. And these days with the trading pits moribund they are thinking mostly about Boca.

April 27, 2009 9:01 AM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

>they are thinking mostly about Boca.

Ah - Sun worshippers :)

April 27, 2009 10:53 AM  

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