Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Friar Yid:Eliyahu the Idol Smasher

Friar Yid writes: Have you been following this story?
Jerusalem - In a tough break for the children of Orthodox Jewish families, a former grand rabbi of Israel has urged parents to amputate their dolls to avoid the perils of idolatry. Basing the move on a Biblical ban on the possession of idols, Mordechai Eliyahu, a Sephardic rabbi, broadcast his edict on a religious radio station calling for an arm or a leg to be dismembered. In the case of a teddy bear or other stuffed animals, the children will see their beloved toys lose an ear or an eye instead."It is very important that these toys do not remain intact so as to remove the element of idolatry," said Eliyahu
Uh no. But, thank you so much for calling my attention to it. Is it just me, or is poor Rabbi Eliyahu sounding a little like the Taliban in Afganistan who oversaw the destruction of two 1500-year-old Buddha statues in March of 2001? And let's do hope he never wanders through Yad Vashem with a pick axe