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The Talmud (RH 24b; brought also in Sh.Ar. YD 141, 7) says it is forbidden to make a shape of sun, moon or stars.

לא תעשון כדמות שמשיי המשמשין לפני כגון חמה לבנה כוכבים ומזלות

So, is it permitted to type an asterisk?

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    I don't know -- a star isn't black or have five points. Would there have to be an attempt to look like a star?
    – rosends
    May 1, 2017 at 10:40
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    true but a Sunny Doodle has that name (Sun) -- can I not be a baker for Drakes? I'm not being facetious, just importing an idea from copyright law -- there has to be an attempt to confuse the market place. Where there is no confusion, there is no infringement. Is that a possible demand for d'mut?
    – rosends
    May 1, 2017 at 10:50
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    Is a period forbidden as it's the shape of a full moon?
    – Double AA
    May 1, 2017 at 12:46
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    @DanF Indeed, the Gemara define them as "impossible to reproduce" exactly, and al korcheinu the issue is about making something 'representative' of these celestial bodies (now a question is, what is the limit to be called a prohibited representation?)
    – yO_
    May 1, 2017 at 16:51
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    @YaacovDeane See the Ta"z siman 141, he proves from this Gemara on Raban Gamliel's attic, that (even) the physical body is forbidden, not (only) angels symbol.
    – yO_
    May 1, 2017 at 18:52

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It is only forbidden to make the form of a celestial body if it was intended as such. So an asterisk or a plain circle or a zero or the letter O or a picture of a starfish is permitted.

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    Source? [15 char]
    – DonielF
    Jun 8, 2018 at 3:26
  • A plain circle sure it's OK, a zero etc. A so-called starfish, or a snow flake also. But an a"ster"isk isn't considered "to draw a star"?...
    – yO_
    Jun 8, 2018 at 7:52
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    @yO_ Not if the writer wasn't intending to draw a picture of a heavenly star at all just a symbal which happens to have the same or similar shape as a star. If someone wanted to draw a picture of a star filled sky and as stars he drew (or printed) asterisks, that may be more problematic. Jun 10, 2018 at 8:45

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