In this collection of sand toys, there is a mold for making pyramids. It makes them with faux grooves in imitation of Egyptian Pyramids.

May a Jew use these or would he run afoul of Leviticus 18:3?

Like the practice of the land of Egypt, in which you dwelled, you shall not do, and like the practice of the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you, you shall not do, and you shall not follow their statutes.

Sand Toys

  • The halachot learned from this are generally about opposing copying the ways of the nations. Making a pyramid in sand with a toy is so far removed from the practice of burying the dead in tombs, I'd be very surprised if there was any issue with this.
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Apr 30, 2023 at 18:24
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    "Don't do as the others do". They breathe, they eat, they sleep... Should I not do that? May 1, 2023 at 0:32
  • @Rabbi Kaii That it is a toy is irrelevant. Would you tolerate a toy molech?@Maurice - Pyramids of this style are a uniquely Egyptian trait. May 1, 2023 at 0:34

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כמעשה ארץ מצרים וכמעשה ארץ כנען לא תעשו", יכול לא יבנו בנינים ולא יטעו נטיעות כמותם? תלמוד לומר "ובחוקותיהם לא תלכו" – לא אמרתי אלא בחוקים החקוקים להם ולאבותיהם ולאבות אבותיהם. ומה היו עושים? האיש נושא לאיש והאשה לאשה. האיש נושא אשה ובתה, והאשה נישאת לשנים. לכך נאמר "ובחוקותיהם לא תלכו" -ספרא אחרי מות ח,ח

"As the deed of the land of Egypt and as the deed of the land of Canaan, you shall not do," I might think they should not build or plant as they do; it is, therefore, written (Joshua 11:15) "and in their statutes you shall not walk." I have proscribed for you only those statutes which were instituted for them and for their forefathers and for the fathers of their forefathers. What did they do? A man would wed a man, and a woman, a woman. A man would wed a woman and her daughter, and a woman would wed two — wherefore Scripture states "and in their statutes you shall not walk." (Sifra, Acharei Mot 8:8)

I.e. it's not the way they build their buildings, but rather their abominable practices that are proscribed.

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    Well that settles that, great source
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Apr 30, 2023 at 19:22

The Midrash teaches:

If someone says to you: ‘There is wisdom among the nations,’ believe it. [If he says:] ‘There is Torah among the nations,’ do not believe it. [Echah Rabbah 2:13]

There are many other such sayings. Take what is good and useful, throw away the rest. As for the pyramid, there is a lot to be learned from its properties, and with how the ancient Egyptians built them.

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