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"Famous" Jewish painting "The Talmud" pedigree

The painting is called Eine Streitfrage aus dem Talmud (A Talmudic Dispute) by Carl Schleicher. It was painted sometime during the 19th Century in Germany. Here are some other works by him. I could ...
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Can A Sincere Convert practice Hebrew Calligraphy?

Of all the positions of "dominating authority" (srarah) for which it can be problematic for a convert to take, I've never seen scribe/artist/calligrapher on the list. So the convert status ...
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Picture by R' Aryeh Kaplan on the front cover of the Aryeh Kaplan Reader

Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan was among many things a painter. He mentioned this in his book Jewish Meditation (p. 29): I also remember a period during which I was painting. I had just learned how to use ...
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Is it prohibited to have a painting \ sculpure of a pig or any other non kosher animal in one's home?

First, the permission to paint or sculpt is not related to whether we can eat the animal. Some animals are treated more strictly: humans ,eagle, lion and bull. There are differences between ...
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May we illuminate scrolls?

Good question. The subject was discussed in a few places. A list of sources was brought in the book Yavoh Yedid, by Rabbi Shlomo Za'frani, pp. 128-129. Here are some of the sources: Eliyah Rabbah ...
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Picture of the Chacham Tzvi

As Fred mentions in the note, the sketch – which is actually a rough copy of the original painting – actually says "God is one" (יי אחד), not האחר. This is how art historian, Richard I. ...
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Could the Menorah be Cast in a mold?

Rav Yosef Bechor Shor to 25:31 states clearly that the word "Miksha" comes to exclude the possibility of using a mold, what is referred to by the Torah as "Yetzikah" (see, for example, Shemos 25:12). ...
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Shlomo HaMelech's Throne

In Melachim 10:19, the throne of Shlomo HaMelech is described thoroughly. The posukim read: Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with the best gold. The throne had six ...
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Shlomo HaMelech's Throne

There is a beautiful description brought down in the 5th Volume of Rabbi Jelinek's Beis Hamidrash (which contains a series of smaller midrashim etc.) where he details how his earthly throne resembled ...
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Is it forbidden to depict the tzimtzum in art?

The subject of the prohibition is the essence of the first two chapters from Mishneh Torah, Hilchot Avodah Zarah v'Chukot HaGoyim. Literal depictions of any created thing are treading either on the ...
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Drawing on Shabbes: product recommendation?

First of all, @Kovy Jacob's comment deserves to be highlighted: "You have to make shabbos fun for her, so she doesn't hate it. Do other stuff she enjoys. Maybe get her a special shabbos toy she ...
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Cherubim & Ark of Cov. description paralleled to (or inspired by) Egyptians?

Judaism fundamentaly differs from Egyptian theological system. Only thing similar here are wings and fact there is two of them. Cherubim and their representation is not contrary to commandments, it ...
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Sculptures of Animals for non-worship

Yes it is possible following some rules. To make is allowed, and to buy when you are sure that the provenance has nothing to do with worship. But if the provenance is from idolatry, obviously it is ...
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Primary sources that high culture are valid, or necessary, forms of service of God

There definitely were many people who wrote religious songs and poems and literary works, some of which were incorporated into the Bible. Psalms, Song of Songs, etc. And there were many medieval ...
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Tradition-Based Depictions of the Third Temple

This isn't much. Basically showing what the book is about. But is well worth the purchase. The Messianic Temple by Chaim Clorfene.
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"Famous" Jewish painting "The Talmud" pedigree

You ask for the original artist of this painting. There is an article by Zola Levitt, (1995) which has the picture as an illustration and the rubric: "oil on panel by Carl Schleicher (1825-1903)".
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Viewing idols in an art museum

I initially thought this was permitted (based on the distinction between actively worshipped idols and or not) but have now seen that Sefer Hachinuch #213 rules stringently on your question and ...
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Is it permissible to use an anime drawing as a profile picture online if the character depicted in the drawing is of the opposite gender?

The Talmud, Avodah Zarah 20a-b (starting at 20a.10) relates the following: (A motley translation of the William Davidson Talmud linked above and the Soncino, with some of my own exegesis.) "And ...
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Drawing on Shabbes: product recommendation?

How about something like geometrical pattern blocks that are placed next to each other, for mosaic-style art that can also make pictures? "21st Century Pattern Blocks" have some extra shapes ...
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Are there books or training exercises that scribes use to strengthen their skills?

You can get ready made training sets which often include instruction manuals - for example here You might also want to explore a sofrus supplies shop which often have a great deal of books and ...
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Would it be forbidden to own images of angels?

The following article on Aish here gives a good overview and answers your question. It begins by pointing out the issue of recreating an image of celestial beings like you mention and then goes one to ...
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Would it be forbidden to own images of angels?

According to Halachipedia: The Torah prohibits constructing replicas of angelic beings such as Malachei HaSharet, Ofanim, Serafim, and Chayot HaKodesh (the four faces - a human, eagle, bull, and lion)...
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Idol worship objects, what are they?

books, newspapers, pictures, paintings If they are not in "bas relief" See SA YD 141, 4, and some forms are allowed even in bas relief" (e.g. domestic animals) See SA YD 141, 6 maybe your house is ...
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Creating art on yom tov

If work that it forbidden by torah law, such as writing or painting, was done by mistake on Shabbos or Yom Tov, no one derive pleasure from it on that day. After Shabbos or Yom Tov, all may enjoy it. ...
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Are there prayers or blessings for craftspeople to recite before making objects?

In general we only make blessing on commandments. Since there are no commandments to make physical objects (except for sifrei Torah, mezuzot, tfilin), I am not aware of such blessings before making ...
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Photographing an Eclipse

In the site Din it says that one may photograph an eclipse for study but not for pleasure. They base this on Shevet Halevi, vol. 7, 134, Qs 6-9 and Shut Aveni Yishfeh, vol. 1, 151.
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Framing old Tefillin Parshiot

My sofer (R' Melech Michaels of MezuzaDepot.com) told me over email that keeping old tefillin parshiot and even framing them is permissible. His rationale was that he knew of no source which forbids ...
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Art on Chol Hamoed

my bother called Lakewood Bais Horah (halacha hotline) and they permitted my sister whose not an artist to paint on canvass.
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May Jews create sculpture, and under what restrictions?

The problem of sculpture is "Lo Taasun Iti" Not everything falls under the prohibition. We see developments in Gemara RH 23 and AZ 43ab. See Rambam hilchot AZ 3, 10-11 (with sources) Abstract Jew ...
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Tribe Plates on door of Heichal Shlomo

Left to Right: Bow and Arrow with sheaves of wheat and ox at top (Ephraim/Joseph); Arched building/ castle (maybe referring to the Shechemite kingdom where Simeon led the revolt to rescue his sister ...
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