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Author:  Marc
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Date:  12/22/2003 6:22:00 AM
Subject:  Idolatry
Message:  AA:Tell him that in the Rambam's days there was no Yetzer either, but it still says clearly in the Rambam that it is not allowed. (Rambam Hilchot Avodat Kochavim Perek 2 Halachah 3)
Here we go again! People using their own Sevarot (reasons) to determine Laws, without the proper amount of learning, or the proper license.

Marc: Correct me if Im wrong but wasnt the rambam quite versed in the customs of pagans and other Idoltarers?
Reply:  Only certain Rabbis and people within certain environments had a special Heter to learn it, in order to refute the others, and for other Rabbinic purposes. This is in the Gemara.

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