- Respecting Objects
- Moshe Ben-Chaim
- Reader: I just read the answer given to the question
"What exactly is idolatry?"I have a question specifically
regarding the following excerpt: projections of authority
onto other objects or beings. Would you consider it
idolatry to make signs of respect toward an inanimate object?Looking
forward to your thoughts.
- Mesora: I would consider that
idolatry. Showing respect to that which cannot perceive such respect
predicates a false and dangerous notion that the thing deserves honor.
In Judaism, we respect God and Torah. Therefore, we do show respect
for the Torah, but not because it has consciousness, but because of
the ideals contained therein. We must always elevate the ideational
and respect that which is connected to it. This is done as an
expression of what we value, not because the object respected is