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

30 - ADOPTING THE HABITS AND COSTUMES OF UNBELIEVERS


Leviticus 20:23 -- “And you shall not walk in the statutes of the nation which I am casting out before you; for they commit all these things, and therefore I abhor them.”
Leviticus 18:3 -- “According to the doings of the land of Egypt, where you dwelt, you shall not do; and according to the doings of the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you, you shall not do; nor shall you walk in their ordinances.”

“The Law prohibits everything that the idolaters, according to their doctrine, and contrary to reason, regard as being useful and acting in the manner of certain mysterious forces… Our sages call such acts ‘the ways of the Amorite’; they are kinds of witchcraft, because they are not arrived at by reason, but are similar to the performances of witchcraft, which is necessarily connected with the influence of the stars; thus the customs of the idolaters lead people to extol, worship, and praise the stars. Our sages say distinctly, ‘whatever is used as medicine’ does not come under the law of ‘the ways of the Amorite’; for they hold that only such cures as are recommended by reason are permitted, and other cures are prohibited.”*

* Moreh Nebuchim III, 37

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