Regarding the prohibition of drawing pictures of the sun (see the several other posts on this amazing website about this prohibition), does it apply in the following scenarios:
1) Youdraw a simple yellow circle with lines (rays) coming out of it? A simple picture that even a three year old could draw…
2) Even if you do not color it in, i.e you just make a yellow line in the shape of a circle?
3) Just draw the rays of the sun without drawing the sun’s “body”? Is this an eitza for one who wants to graw the “sunny sky”?
4) L’ma’aseh (there is a machlokes) can you draw a half sun (e.g. draw the sun in the top corner of the page, cutting off part of the sun’s “body”? What is the primary opinion l’halacha? Is it a חשש דאורייתא or just מדרבנן?
Thanks so much!
It depends on what it looks like. If people looking at it will say, that they see a picture of the sun, then it is prohibited, even if it is a simple drawing. But obviously not every circle is considered a “sun”, but only if it looks like it is meant to be a picture of the sun, and it looks like that to people. For people to think that something is the sun it doesn’t have to be in color, as long as it looks to people like a sun.
One may make a picture of a part of the sun in the corner of the page, because that is not the way the sun ever appears, and it like drawing only a partial picture of a person, which is permitted. Taking a picture of the sun setting or rising is controversial, and different than merely drawing it in the corner of the page because the partial sun at sunrise of sunset is the natural way the sun looks, but when it is done on the corner of a page it is not the way it ever appears.
If someone draws only draws lines, I don’t think anyone will consider it the sun, rather the rays of the sun. As far as I know, there is no prohibition to making the rays of the sun.
Yad Hakatana Avodah Zara 3-7 (33), Igros Moshe O:CH 5-9 (6), also see Am Hatorah Vol. 3 -7 pg. 95 ( 2).R’ Falk Shlit”a in A Hatorah vol. 3 5 pg. 63-2.