Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Is this for real? -- Rabbi - Maim your dolls!!

Broken Bear PIcture
I found the following posting on a blog called Yeshiva World. I am not from the observant word, and was shocked to read this. I understand the fear that a child's toy could be seen as "idol worshipping", yet I am also concerned that destroying a toy that is loved could have a traumatic effect on a youngster. Please let's not teach our children violence by breaking their toys.

In a tough break for the children of Orthodox Jewish families, a former grand rabbi of Israel has urged parents to amputate their dolls to avoid the perils of idolatry.Basing the move on a Biblical ban on the possession of idols, Mordechai Eliyahu, a Sephardic rabbi, broadcast his edict on a religious radio station calling for an arm or a leg to be dismembered.In the case of a teddy bear or other stuffed animals, the children will see their beloved toys lose an ear or an eye instead."It is very important that these toys do not remain intact so as to remove the element of idolatry," said Eliyahu.His son, Shmuel Eliyahu, himself a rabbi in the northern town of Safed, said that it was inappropriate to own statues or dolls, even to play with or for artistic purposes."They need to be amputated or at least altered," he said.Shmuel revealed that his father had forced one of his followers to snap off the ear of a replica of a statue of Moses by Michelangelo that he had bought at an exorbitant price......


Anonymous Izzy said...

You just lost whatever shred of credibility that you had with me. I used to think that while you tend to make leaps of logic, and play fast and loose with the facts sometimes, you still mean well. Now I see that you will grasp any opportunity to take cheap shots at the observant community and that you have little respect for halchah.

March 28, 2006 12:23 PM  
Anonymous The Bear Missed The Train said...

Now you're going to claim Yori Yanover ordered people to break your legs.

We see how your sick mind works.

Everything is about you.

March 28, 2006 3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all due respect, izzy, I think this is an extremist Jewish position. This is coming from someone who grew up in a large ultra orthodox community in the US.

How many kids do you know who decided to make an idol out of their teddy bear?? The purpose of teddy bears and dolls is for childrens' play.

March 28, 2006 4:23 PM  
Anonymous Izzy said...

It does not matter what community you grew up in, what matters is your knowlege of halacha. Not familiarity, knowlege. Halacha can in many cases be counter-intuitive. I'm not saying that this halachik view is correct, all I'm saying is that it should not be discounted because you find it to be illogical or "cruel."

March 28, 2006 9:33 PM  

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