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Is it a form of idolatry to place a picture of the Lubavitch Rebbe on my wall?

  

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Rabbi Yossi T: Bienvenidos Welcome. Un minuto ya lo atiendo. I'll be with you in a moment...

Yitz: In a way is it Idol worshiping if I placed a picture of the Lubavitch Rebbe on my wall?

Yitz: Thank you

Rabbi Yossi T: is it idol worship if u place your grandfathers picture on the wall?

Yitz: no,

Rabbi Yossi T: why not?

Yitz: because they are just people I care about

Yitz: and I know theyre not G-d

Yitz: I guess its the same with the Rebbe

Rabbi Yossi T: correct

Rabbi Yossi T: it's somone one loves

Rabbi Yossi T: someone who is an example of Ahavat Yisrael

Rabbi Yossi T: someone who we try and follow in his footsteps

Yitz: Thanks

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