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Rabbi David Sperling

Tevet 25, 5772
From your answer to the question referring mercury dimes I understand that a graven image in profile and not made for the purpose of idolatry is ok to own, like a mercury dime. I own a belt that is adorned with raised metal images of an Indian head and a buffalo. The Indian head is in profile however the buffalo, though a side image, shows the beast head to tail and not just part. Is there a problem owning or wearing this belt or other such item? Yeshar Koach
Shalom, If the images are not of idols, or involving idol worship, one may own and wear such items. See the sources Rav Lewis mentioned in his first responce. Blessings, D. Sperling.
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