By COLlive reporter
That adorable emoji may not be kosher…
Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, one of the most prominent rabbis in religious Zionism in Israel, has warned that the use of one of the most popular digital icons goes against the Judaism.
Quoted in the Yedioth Aharonot newspaper, Rabbi Aviner said G-d fearing Jews should avoid using the emoji known as the two hands held together.
“The source is the ancient idols of the Far East and of Christianity,” he stated, recommending that the gesture should not be done electronically or in person. “It’s not good.”
According to emojipedia.org, two hands placed firmly together means please or thank you in Japanese culture. There has also been a theory that the meaning is simply two friends high-fiving.
In an online discussion over the matter, one Twitter user pointed out that when the speak selection is turned on for the iPhone device, the description it gives for this emoji is “Hands folded in prayer.”
The person also noted, “when you high-five someone, your thumbs do NOT both face the same way” and “Isn’t it a little ironic that the two hands are wearing the same color shirt?”
The “hands together” emoji is designed differently on messaging and social media platforms such as Facebook, Android, and Twitter. The “hands together” emoji designed by Microsoft and Samsung show a single person in the form of Christian prayer.
Rabbi Aviner’s recommendation is to steer clear of using any of them all together to avoid the halachic prohibition of “avak avoda zara” (the ‘whiff’ of idol worship).