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Graven Images

Rabbi Chaim TabaskyCheshvan 1, 5769
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Question
Could you offer me some explanation on what the Torah translates as "Graven Images". I don’t know Hebrew. What is the Hebrew word for ’graven.’
Answer
The hebrew word usually translated as "Graven Images" is "Pesel" (Exodus 20;3, Dueteronomy 5;7) which literaly means sculptored image, and is apparently refering to images constructed for the purposes of worship. There are other words refering to idolatry such as "Temunah" which literally means picture or likeness, and "Pesel Masecha" which means molten idol (like the golden calf).
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