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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

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  • Welcome. It has been a while since you have asked a question! Jan 13, 2015 at 18:30
  • How about drawing a smiley face on a snowcone?
    – sam
    Jan 13, 2015 at 23:54
  • Like these? ☃ ⛄ ⛇ Jan 22, 2015 at 2:51
  • Karet? Fire? Brimstone, another global flood or just flogging + stoning?
    – user4951
    Jun 30, 2015 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, 2015 at 15:01
  • @user6591, I'm just quoting ...
    – Yishai
    Jan 13, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 at 15:09
  • Is a snowman "graven"?
    – CashCow
    Jan 13, 2015 at 15:12

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