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Saying that one worships something

Question:

BS”D

And forbidden to say that worship something, like food, a car, an object because you like it very much? Or can we just say we love (worship) Hashem?

Answer:

It isn’t clear to me the terminology that is being used, because love and worship are not the same word, and are not used one for the other. In hashkafa we should not get so overly infatuated with earthly pleasures that we should even think of using the term worship for them, but halachically it is clear that when someone says that he idolizes or “worships” his car etc., he doesn’t mean that he reveres it like a deity, therefore there is no issue with saying it.

Best wishes

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