My wife recently picked up a “lucky cat” decoration while shopping in a Chinwtown in the USA. It’s essentially a waving cat that some Asian cultures believe to be associated with good luck.
Is it forbidden to keep such an object in one’s home on the ground of ‘avodah zara’ — even if one attaches no superstitious significance to it and it is only bought for aesthetic purpose?
From a technical halachic standpoint it isn’t avoda zara, because they don’t actually worship this type of picture. Nevertheless it is still inappropriate for a picture that is attached to avoda zara beliefs to be hanging n a Jewish home.
Have a gmar chasima tova