Question:

Hi

I am a product photographer, now i have a client who wants me to photograph a Buddha.

Is it allowed?
is it Lekatchilah?

Thank you in advance.

Answer:

My apoligies that it took so long to get back to you.

Regarding your question, if the pictures are being in order to promote the avoda zara then it is not permitted, because we are not allowed to benefit the avoda zara by promoting its business, or by making it beautiful. However if they are only meant to be sold as regular dolls, and are not connected with Buddhism then it would be permitted.

Sources:

Y:D 143-1, 151-1.

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