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Tevet 18, 5768

Idol Worship & Other Religions


Rabbi Chaim Tabasky

Question:
Hello Rabbi,

I see on your web site an answer that references a ruling that bowing to a ruler out of respect is permitted, so long as that is not a form of deification or worship. Does this ruling also apply to other times when some cultures use bowing as a form of respect, not worship? It came up in the context of martial arts, where bowing to one’s opponent or teacher is customary.

Thanks.

Answer:
If the bow is a matter of custom and curtesy, it is permitted.


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