Great Halachah Question: Is a Christian Cross an Idol

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We love wrestling with the ancient questions of Halacha, particularly as applied to the modern world. Here’s some interesting analysis of the question of, should we consider a Christian Cross to be an Idol or not?

My favorite response is here:

Need to look up exact source of the tshuvah, but paraphrasing the Ben Ish Hai: crosses in churches (and those found inbas-relief on antique “expensive” vessels, bowls etc) are to be considered as idols and used in idol-worship. He says however crosses worn on necklaces nowadays (in his day) are not considered such and are merely decorative. He also interestingly mentions paintings/images of “the Madonna” are not generally to be considered idols.

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