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Is it permitted to make a snowman? Or is it considered constructing a graven image?

Prompted by this: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/saudi-arabia-issues-fatwa---4967400

  • Welcome. It has been a while since you have asked a question! – Gershon Gold Jan 13 '15 at 18:30
  • How about drawing a smiley face on a snowcone? – sam Jan 13 '15 at 23:54
  • Like these? ☃ ⛄ ⛇ – Charles Koppelman Jan 22 '15 at 2:51
  • Karet? Fire? Brimstone, another global flood or just flogging + stoning? – user4951 Jun 30 '15 at 3:31
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According to Volume 3 Issue 8 of "Halachicly Speaking" (page 3) it is permissible for two reasons:

  1. No one bows down to snowmen
  2. A snowman does not last for very long.
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    boo to #1 y.d. 141 4. Says a Jew cannot make a human figure even for 'noy' is assur. If you can find someone who claims this is not a human figure that would be a different story. – user6591 Jan 13 '15 at 15:01
  • @user6591, I'm just quoting ... – Yishai Jan 13 '15 at 15:04
  • I know. I'm just commenting:) I don't downvote direct quotes from reputable sources. But I do comment on them. – user6591 Jan 13 '15 at 15:07
  • @user6591, there may be a distinction between if the object would be worshiped, but it is not being made for that purpose, or if it isn't worshiped at all. כל הראוי לבילה אין בילה מעקבת בו – Yishai Jan 13 '15 at 15:09
  • Is a snowman "graven"? – CashCow Jan 13 '15 at 15:12

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