Take the 2-minute tour ×
Mi Yodeya is a question and answer site for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Can photographs of people be considered idols? Is it the kavanot that the viewer ascribes that is important or is it inherent in a 2D image of a face?

share|improve this question
1  
I read that the Satmar Rav z"l advised his Chasidim to burn photographs in their possession. If this is true, I don't know if he thought this was the letter of the law, or an extra act of piety. –  Malper Dec 17 '13 at 0:14
    
Does anyone worship the photograph? –  Double AA Dec 17 '13 at 2:38
    
@DoubleAA That's part of the question. "Is it the kavanot that the viewer ascribes that is important". –  msh210 Dec 17 '13 at 3:35
    
Similar: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/26841 –  msh210 Dec 17 '13 at 3:35
    
related judaism.stackexchange.com/q/29031/759 –  Double AA Dec 17 '13 at 3:47

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.