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March 28th, 2015
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Not quite random Talmud question
Are Jews permitted to sell idols? What about making idols? Is there a difference between making/selling idols for non-Jews as distinct from Jews who are likely to worship the idols?

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Date:March 28th, 2015 07:31 pm (UTC)
The short answer is "no", for a bunch of reasons.
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Date:March 28th, 2015 08:26 pm (UTC)
Aiding and abetting idolatry is not permitted.
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Date:March 28th, 2015 09:40 pm (UTC)
No, Jews aren't supposed to make or sell idols to anybody, Jew or non-Jew. That applies to things that are customarily, explicitly, worshipped as idols. If you sell a lamp to somebody who takes it home and starts worshipping it? You sold a lamp, not an idol.

(Have you heard of any idolatrous use of buttons?)
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Date:March 28th, 2015 09:57 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't they fall under the "graven images" prohibition?
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Date:March 29th, 2015 12:24 am (UTC)
Here's a Talmudic link that discusses the issues: Grave Issues about Graven Images: the short answer appears to be "absolutely not."
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Date:March 29th, 2015 01:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks very much.
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Date:March 29th, 2015 05:04 am (UTC)
A Jewish friend helped me make a mask/icon of one of my gods a few years ago, and thought that the whole process was entirely awesome (because of my sculpting skills, mostly). And he was bouncing around going, "I have got to tell my dad about this!" for a bit.

Then he stopped.

Then he said, "On second thought, I probably shouldn't tell my father I spent the day helping a pagan make an idol..."

(Especially as his father's a rabbi.)
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Date:March 29th, 2015 11:53 pm (UTC)
That's marvelous! :)
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