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Daf Yomi: Living With Statuary and Not Seeing Idols

6 monthes ago   |   By Tablet Magazine

Literary critic Adam Kirsch is reading a page of Talmud a day, along with Jews around the world.
That Jews are forbidden to worship idols is such a basic element of Judaism that the Talmud does not actually have much to say about it. After all, it's right there in the Ten Commandments: “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.” As we saw in Tractate Sanhedrin, any Jew who dared violate this rule was condemned to death. Why, then, do we need Tractate Avodah Zarah, the section of the Talmud devoted to idol worship? The answer, as Daf Yomi readers have seen over the last months, is...
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