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Re: Mitzvot 21-50 (Lots of Idolatry)

Posted by RIPTA42HopeTunnel on Tue Jul 17 08:47:19 2012, in response to Re: Mitzvot 21-50 (Lots of Idolatry), posted by italianstallion on Mon Jul 16 17:10:39 2012.

"Not to make human forms even for decorative purposes."

The actual law is "If thou make [G-d] an altar of stone, you shall not build it of hewn stones." I'm no Torah scholar and I'm sure there's some interpretation somewhere that it means no decorative human forms. It's not practiced by any haredim I know, who have pictures of their family and rabbeim displayed prominently, but it was common for Protestant sects in the colonial U.S. to not make "graven images." Think of the faceless Amish dolls.

FWIW, the verse references in the list are to the Yemenite Torah. Not sure where the list originated, but it seems to be repeated a lot on Christian and missionary sites.

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