Rules Governing Prohibitions against Idolatry

Defining "Idolatry"
Requiring a physical action for full violation: Shabbat 153b, 154a; Keritot 3a


The Matter of Intent
Accidental Idolatry: Shabbat 137a; Keritot 3a-b
Culpability for a person who thinks that Idolatry is permitted: Shabbat 72b; Keritot 3b
Culpability for a child who was raised among idolators and was never exposed to the idea that idolatry is prohibited: Keritot 3b
Bowing to an idol, thinking that the idol is something else: Shabbat 72b; Keritot 3a
Bowing to an idol that is not of silver and gold, thinking that the prohibition is specific to silver and gold: Keritot 3b
Bowing to a statue, accepting it as a god: Shabbat 72b; Keritot 3a
Bowing to a statue, without accepting it as a god: Shabbat 72b; Keritot 3a
Bowing to a statue, out of fear or love of the person depicted, but not for idolatry: Shabbat 72b; Keritot 3a


Punishments
Whether the prohibitions apply outside of Israel: Kiddushin 37a
Application of Kareit - Divine Excommunication for worshipping idols: Keritot 2a
Bringing a Korban Chatat [sin offering] to atone for worshipping idols: Keritot 2a
Considering someone an intentional violator of the whole Torah [Mumar] if he worships idols: Eruvin 69a-b
Whether a person who makes wine libations for idolatry is allowed to bring Temple offerings: Eruvin 69b
Two separate violations, during one period of ignorance of the law: Shabbat 72b; Keritot 3a-b
Liability for idolatry that does not involve a deed: Keritot 3b


Laws related to Idolatry
Calling an idol by a name other than the usual name: Temurah 28b
An Act which causes benefit to one's self and to Idolatry, as in rebuilding a wall shared with the Idolatry: Shabbat 82a-b
Praising Gd and something else, simultaneously: Succah 45b
Repeating certain words in prayers, appearing to acknowledge multiple gods: Megillah 25a
Permissibility of lightheaded speech in mocking idolatry: Megillah 25b
Learning how to perform Idolatry: Shabbat 75a
Learning how to perform Idolatry, to teach [Laws]: Shabbat 75a
Looking at a picture of a human or an animal: Shabbat 149a [See Tos. #6]
Looking at pictures of idolatry: Tos. Shabbat 149a #6
How far one may bow his head in prayer, if the floor is a stone floor: Megillah 22a, 22b
Is shechitah considered true 'shechitah' for the purposes of various laws, if it was performed for the sake of idolatry: Shabbat 76a, 91b; Zevachim 47a


Beyond the Law
Denial of idolatry warrants the title "Yehudi [Judean]": Megillah 13a
Considering denial of idolatry to be equivalent to admission to the Entire Torah: Nedarim 25a; Kiddushin 40a
Destructive acts of rage are [like] Idolatry: Shabbat 105b
Whether thoughts of idolatry are punished by Gd: Kiddushin 39b, 40a
Better to walk behind a woman, which is immodest, than to walk behind an idol: Eruvin 18b
Better to walk behind an idol than to walk behind a synagogue while the people inside are praying: Eruvin 18b

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