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Is American Idol an Idol?

by Rabbi Shlomo Chein

  

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Question:

Is there any parallel between forbidden idol worship and what is happening on TV shows like American Idol?

Answer: 

While many people watch American Idol “religiously”, it is not really a religious form of worship. i.e. they don’t really think the “idol” is a G-d. (Sorry guys).

However, although this type of activity is not a form of “biblically prohibited” idolatry, on a more refined level anytime we “worship” something other than G-d, i.e. anytime something, or someone, takes precedence over the will of G-d, we are worshiping an idol to a certain extent.

That “idol” can be anything, and anyone, including ourselves. If we know G-d wants us to do something or to refrain from doing something, yet our yearning for a particular object, our enjoyment from a particular show, or our own self arrogance, becomes more important than G-d’s will, that is an “idol”.


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