For example a Greek deity. Would printing an image of one count as making an image of an idol, even if it's not meant for worship? For example if it's printed for an article.


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Obviously not.

Greek deities are out of worship from a long time.

Additionally to make a non relief image is not really a reproduction and is obviously not made for worship.

See SA YD 146, 10:

הניחוה עובדיה והלכו להם בשעת שלום מותרת בשעת מלחמה אסורה והוא שאינם יכולים לחזור לה אבל אם היו יכולים לחזור לה ולא חזרו מותרת: ‏

If idolaters abandoned it in time of peace it is allowed for profit.

A fortiori it's allowed to photograph it and to print it

  • Not to mention that when one prints a picture of a Greek or Roman deity it is usually for educational purposes.
    – ezra
    Oct 31, 2016 at 1:51
  • @Ezra Hoerster yes you are referring to Rabban Gamliel להתלמד שאני good
    – kouty
    Oct 31, 2016 at 5:13
  • @kouty. Not every educational purposes is permitted. Maybe li'havin u'lihoros (and li'hislamed) implies only for religious purposes.
    – Mark A.
    Nov 1, 2016 at 5:11
  • @MarkA. I had the same doubt and therefore not included it in the answer
    – kouty
    Nov 1, 2016 at 5:20
  • It could be the Ramban would prohibit taking a photograph of such a thing,tzarich iyun
    – sam
    Jan 29, 2017 at 4:04

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