On an interesting tramp-ride this morning I heard the complaint that pictures of Rabbis, kissing them etc. is avoda zara according to Torah. I actually agree. I know it is the "standard" procedure, but we Na Nach, do know the limits of "standard procedure". It's obviously a big mistake to imitate the likes of Adolf (A bomb or H bomb) or the crucifiction and put Saba all over the walls. I think the tzaddik has suffered enougth of this nonsense.
We have the "holy of holy" petek in the actual handwriting of the "holiest man that ever walked or breathed" (I even suspect hashem scribbled the last four lines in a reverse upwards direction here). Saba said "a photocopy is like the original". Why not place the document he at least once called "the Moshiah" on every wall. Isn't that following his will without breaking the real "halacha".
I think a major direction change needs to be taken here... we are not such a "big ship" that we cannot change the course while there is still time.
No more pictures of Saba as a symbol or a logo or a poster. Filming the Tzaddik to learn from his illuminated face is meritous, paintings to decorate our houses as one would do with a King is also OK.
Bowing to a King of Israel or any other King is also not allowed according to my new friend. Jewish sign of respect is to kiss the hand- even if he are "dust at the feet" of our teachers. Imagine the scene of an idol worshipping King giving a gift to a son of Israel. When asked to bow, the son of Israel picks up the King's foot and kisses it, knocking over the King. This is a historical event that actually took place does anyone know where and when?