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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 2 - The 365 Prohibitions of the Tora

12 - MAKING FIGURED STONES UPON WHICH TO PROSTRATE OURSELVES


Leviticus 26:1 -- “You shall not make idols for yourselves; neither a carved image nor a sacred pillar shall you rear up for yourselves; nor shall you set up an engraved stone in your land, to bow down to it; for I am the LORD your God.”

The penalty of whipping for breach of this commandment is not incurred “unless one spreads out his hands and feet on the stone so that he lies completely stretched out across It.”.* By Rabbinical law, however, any kind of prostration is forbidden.

* Mishneh Torah, Mada, Hilchoth Abodath Kochabim VI, 7

This prohibition has given rise to the custom of spreading mats, or any kind of stubble, over the stone floors of synagogues, to prevent contact between the faces of the worshippers and the stones when prostrations are performed on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.*

* Ibid., VI, 7; cf. Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim, 311: 8

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