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Jews, how do you feel about wearing jewelry that depicts symbols for a religion you do not follow?


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Old 07-03-2009, 11:48 AM
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Jews, how do you feel about wearing jewelry that depicts symbols for a religion you do not follow?I do a lot of costumed events and I frequently where jewelry for religions that I do not follow as part of the costume/character. Just recently I started seriously being aware of this fact and it gave me pause. I wanted to know how other people feel about it.Examples:I have a handmade silver rosary with a crucifix blessed in Rome that was given to me by a catholic former girlfriend. I occasionally like to wear it because it is beautiful and it reminds me of the good times we had. I am not a catholic and never have been.I have a sterling ankh with cartouche (supposedly) imported from Egypt given to me by an follower of Kemetism (Egyptian Reconstructionist Paganism). We are close friends, and I know that the pendant meant a lot to him before he gave it to me. I do not follow Kemetism.I have a handsome brass and copper Vodun Veve of Loa Agwe (protector of sailors and travelers) that I wear when I dress like a pirate. I know that it is consecrated because I did it myself. I am not a Houngan.Theses are just some examples. Part of what has made me aware of it is that when I am wearing these symbols prominently people of that religion (or that choose to oppose that religion) approach me to talk about the symbols. Though I do not follow these religions, I NEVER wear something that I do not have some knowledge of; my crowd was big into wearing symbols, logos and flair designed to make a statement or draw attention, and we distained logos or symbols just for their popularity.Personally, I am a Henotheist. I accept that there may be other gods, but I only worship my god. My god does not mind that I wear symbols of other religions, but I am not entirely sure how the other gods feel about it.In answer to the question about why I did not just ask this question once with lots of belief systems at the beginning (or none): I have found in the past that if you do not target one belief system (or non-belief system) in the question a lot of people skip it. Also, if you put too many belief (or lack of belief) systems in the question it becomes a distraction from the question and many people do not bother.I am more interested in hearing people’s opinions than I am worried about mildly annoying a few people.
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Old 07-03-2009, 12:02 PM
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i find it pointless. Why would i wear something with i symbol that means nothing to me....or a symbol that is unknown to me. it makes me feel fake and a poser.
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Old 07-03-2009, 12:16 PM
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Halachicly wearing religious symbols from other faiths is forbidden, In fact we are not even allowed to own such items. So from a Jewish POV one should not wear such symbols as it is forbidden to us.
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:47 AM
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If large-scale production, and then machine will be used. This is not just I want a necklace here, we went to the case. A lot of thought into the design process, then make sure you die the same on each copy of the same size, then there is the casting process on the item, each pendant or ring.
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