What Is the Rav Thinking

Jerusalem – 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.”

Oy. And this doesn’t even address his comments about Kadima and politics in general.

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  1. Jack's Shack March 28, 2006 at 2:08 pm

    I just don’t get it.

  2. Regina Clare Jane March 28, 2006 at 1:16 pm

    Growing up near Lancaster County in PA, the Amish do something similar- they never have their dollies with faces. It’s kind of disconcerting…

  3. Pragmatician March 28, 2006 at 8:52 am

    I guess for the sake of the kids’ spritual well being its’ better to let them play with dangerous,
    -risk of swallowing- toys.

  4. Mirty March 28, 2006 at 2:05 am

    WTF? Craziness. Mutilating teddy bears?

  5. Jewish Blogmeister March 27, 2006 at 5:05 pm

    Haven’t chasidim been doing this for a long time?

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