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Halacha - statues
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

First of all I wish you much success in you journey to religious observance and I hope that you can bring the rest of your family along with you through warmth and love, while maintaining complete compliance to the framework of Halacha. I commend your alacrity to want to be like Avraham Avinu who smashed his parent's idols, but in this case that will not be necessary. While there is an issur d'oraisa in keeping in one's house an image of the sun, moon or other heavenly bodies and there would be an absolute obligation to destroy them under certain circumstances, however an image of a person or animal is different. Though creating a human image is assur mi'deoraisa, maintaining it is only assur mi'drabbanan and can be delayed to avoid confrontation with your parents.

posted:2008-07-10 15:03:55